Vikings vs. Rams Point Spread: NFL Week 4 Odds, Prediction

Payton Matthews | Updated Sep 24, 2018

One of the biggest NFC games of the 2018 regular season kicks off Week 4 on Thursday night as the Minnesota Vikings visit the Los Angeles Rams.

Minnesota
8-7
AT
September 27, 2018, 8:20 PM ET
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
L.A. Rams
13-3
Pointspread +7 -110
Moneyline +240
Over / Under o +49.5

44%

Betting Action

56%

Pointspread -7 -110
Moneyline -300
Over / Under u +49.5

44%

Betting Action

56%

It’s almost comical that last week football fans had Jets-Browns on Thursday night compared to this week’s offering. The NFL promised the networks that bid on this package that it would improve the matchups. That’s certainly the case this week as the Vikings visit the Rams in what could easily be a preview of the NFC Championship Game.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Minnesota reached that level a season ago, losing in Philadelphia, while the Rams were wild-card losers at home to the Atlanta Falcons. No team has looked better than L.A. in the early going, and they are the favourite to win the Super Bowl at Sports Interaction. What makes this matchup even better is that Minnesota has an argument as the best overall defence in the NFL, while the Rams are in the conversation for top offence after leading the league in scoring in 2017.

Minnesota beat the Rams 24-7 in Minneapolis in Week 11 a season ago – those were the fewest points L.A. scored all year. The Rams, who did lead 7-0 after one quarter, were outgained 451-254. Todd Gurley managed only 37 yards on the ground. Latavius Murray had two rushing scores for the Vikings.

The Vikes have won and covered the past five in this series.

Minnesota Vikings

Still don’t believe in trap games? The Vikings were 17-point home favourites Sunday against what looked like a hapless Buffalo Bills team and were stunned 27-6. It was the NFL’s biggest upset since the Washington Redskins were +17.5 and upset Dallas 24-17 on Dec. 3, 1995. There had been 24 favourites of 17 or more points since that game and all 24 won.

The Vikings badly missed top running back Dalvin Cook, who sat with a hamstring injury. Says he’ll play here. Minnesota attempted just six rushes for 14 yards. Kirk Cousins put the ball in the air a whopping 55 times. Excellent defensive end Everson Griffen also sat with some sort of personal issue.

Los Angeles Rams

The Rams have been perhaps the NFL’s most impressive team thus far with all three wins by double digits, although they haven’t had to leave California yet. It was 35-23 over the Chargers on Sunday. Jared Goff threw for 354 yards and three scores, Todd Gurley rushed for 105 yards a touchdown, and Robert Woods had 10 catches for 104 yards and two scores. L.A. had 521 yards of offence and blocked a punt for a touchdown.

We won’t normally mention place-kicker injuries, but the Rams’ Greg Zuerlein is the league’s best and he missed the game with a groin injury. He’s not expected Thursday, either. Both starting cornerbacks, Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib, left with injuries Sunday and didn’t return so monitor their status.

Vikings vs. Rams Prediction

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