St. Louis Rams vs. Minnesota Vikings
The St. Louis Rams and the Minnesota Vikings meet in St. Louis in a battle of teams who were among the worst in the NFL a year ago and are among the most improved this season. The Rams are -3 point favorites over the Vikings with an over/under point total set at 38.
The St. Louis Rams may still have some growing to do but it is clear that Jeff Fisher has his team believing they can win and they are headed in the right direction. Sam Bradford has completed 59.7 percent of his passes with 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while being sacked 31 times. Steven Jackson is averaging 3.9 yards per carry with three touchdowns and Daryl Richardson is averaging 5.2 yards per carry. Danny Amendola leads the Rams with 51 catches despite missing time this season, Brandon Gibson has 40 catches and five touchdowns, and Chris Givens has 36 catches and three touchdowns. Defensively the Rams allow 21.5 points per game, 110.3 rushing yards, and 225.8 passing yards with 13 interceptions and 39 sacks. James Laurinaitis has 119 tackles, Cortland Finnegan has 88 tackles, and Robert Quinn has 9.5 sacks. The Rams are still in contention for a playoff spot but they are a longshot at this point.
The Minnesota Vikings are looking for a late season run that will land them in the playoffs but they need to keep winning and even then they will need some help. Christian Ponder has completed 62.6 percent of his passes for 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and he has been sacked 28 times. Adrian Peterson is having a monster year averaging 6.0 yards per carry for 1,600 yards with 10 touchdowns as well as catching 38 passes. With Percy Harvin out for the year the Vikings are a little thin at receiver as Kyle Rudolph is second in receptions with 45 and Michael Jenkins has 34. Defensively the Vikings are allowing 22 points per game, 115.3 rushing yards, and 236.7 passing yards with nine interceptions and 31 sacks. Chad Greenway has 126 tackles, Antoine Winfield has 93 tackles, and Jared Allen has 9.0 sacks. The Vikings are getting it done with the running game and defense, a formula which seems to always work in the NFL.
St. Louis is 4-0 against the spread following a win, 6-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 4-1 against the spread in their last five games overall. Minnesota is 2-5-1 against the spread in their last five games against NFC teams, 2-5 against the spread following a game which they covered the spread, and 0-4 against the spread in their last four road games. The favorite has covered six in a row in this series.
This one figures to be close so getting points before it starts seems like the best place to be.
Minnesota Vikings +3 St. Louis Rams