Rams vs. Vikings: Who has the edge?
By Rich Hammond
RAMS (7-2) at VIKINGS (7-2)
When: Sunday, 10 a.m.
Where: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis
Line: Vikings by 2.5
TV/radio: Ch. 11; 710-AM, 93.1-FM, 1330-AM (Spanish)
RAMS OFFENSE vs. VIKINGS DEFENSE
Houston, last week, actually provided the formula for how to slow the Rams’ offense. It’s not complicated. Early on, the Texans slowed Todd Gurley, particularly on first down, and tried to force Jared Goff into mistakes. The Texans couldn’t pull it off, particularly after the Rams made some second-half adjustments, but the Vikings seem to have the talent to complete the task. Assuming star defensive end Everson Griffen is healthy — he missed last week’s game with a foot injury — the Vikings should be typically stout against the run, and the game could turn on whether Minnesota can force Goff into a turnover or two. That’s easier said than done, as Goff has one interception in his last four games. EDGE: VIKINGS
VIKINGS OFFENSE vs. RAMS DEFENSE
Wouldn’t everyone love to know what was said at halftime of the Rams’ Oct. 1 game at Dallas? The Rams trailed that game 24-16, but since then, the Rams’ defense has allowed a total of 68 points in 22 quarters. The Rams have forced seven turnovers in the past two weeks, and should be able to handle the Vikings’ running back duo of Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon. Both backs are solid but neither is spectacular, and the Rams have stopped better, although the Vikings’ offensive line has been solid. The wild card here is Vikings receiver Adam Thielen, the former undrafted free agent who last week caught eight passes for 166 yards and one touchdown and seems to be a lock for 1,000 yards. EDGE: RAMS
For once, this category isn’t a lock for the Rams. They’re humming along nicely. Greg Zuerlein kicked another 50-yard field goal last week […]