A very meaningful matchup for both teams in our preview this week, as the Los Angeles Rams, travel to Minnesota to take on the Vikings. Both teams have been playing well in the last few weeks, and both bring winning streaks into the game. This is a much-needed game for both teams in their own way this week.
The Rams come in, winners of three straight, looking to take the driver’s seat in the NFC West Division. Two division wins in a row has the Rams tied for first with the Cardinals in the division. The Rams look to make it four in a row this week against the Vikings, who happen to be playing well.
The Vikings have responded well since losing to the Lions three weeks ago. With wins over the Steelers and the Bears has the Viking holding onto the final spot in the NFC playoffs.
The playoff outlook has the Vikings currency traveling to Dallas for the wildcard round. The Vikings need a win to hold onto that final spot. That being said, let’s see how both of these teams stack up to each other so you can get ready to place your bets against their NFL odds.
NFL Betting Preview for Los Angeles Rams at Minnesota
Just when you thought the Rams were going to slip away, they have played themselves right back into contention. The falling of the Cardinals has helped the climb of the Rams, who beat the Cardinals two weeks ago. A win over Seattle last night moved the winning streak to three for the Rams and kept the momentum going.
Matthew Stafford has been a gift sent from Heaven for the Los Angeles Rams. Many were skeptical with the move at first, but Stafford has played himself into the MVP conversation.
Stafford eclipsed the 4,000-yard mark in their 20-10 win over the Seahawks. Stafford ranks third among all quarterbacks this season in passing yardage. He sits behind Derek Carr and Tom Brady, who have also eclipsed the 4,000-yard mark.
The Rams have three very important games left, this week in Minnesota, next week in Baltimore, and then ending the season back home against the 49ers. If the Rams want to ensure that they win the division, they need to win out the regular season.
This has not been the most ideal season for the Vikings, but they are still in contention, and if the playoffs started today, they would be in. Their win on Monday night in Chicago was not pretty, but a win is a win. This win keeps the Vikings’ playoff hopes alive.
If the Vikings lose this game and somehow miss the playoffs, Mike Zimmer has to be fired. As any coach is, Zimmer is coaching for his job week after week.
Coaching for your job makes these last three weeks that much more important. After blowing leads and losing to bad teams, Zimmer is not a popular guy in Minnesota.
This offense is too talented to not be playing better. Zimmer is defensive-minded, too, and the Vikings continue to struggle. Oftentimes, Kirk Cousins is the one taking the blame, but this year you cannot blame Cousins.
He is living up to the contract he signed and has played very well this season. It may be time to find a new coach, depending on the season the Vikings end with.