Before last weekend, I would have said that this Thursday’s matchup between the LA Rams and Minnesota Vikings could be an NFC Championship preview, but then the Vikings got beaten pretty bad by the Buffalo Bills in what was a huge upset. The biggest upset in 20 years for that matter. The Vikings now sit at 1-1-1, and only have about a 20% chance to win this game according to ESPN. The Rams meanwhile are firing on all cylinders. They are 3-0, and definitely look like an early Super Bowl favorite. This could be a high scoring affair, as the over/under is 50 points.
The Rams are a 6.5-point favorite, and are –300 with the money line, while the Vikings are +240. The Rams’ D is a little banged up, however, with LB’s Easley and Barron both listed as questionable. CB Peters is doubtful and CB Talib is out. That should make things a little more manageable for the Vikings offense. It is very interesting to note that a team flying to the West Coast for a Thursday game in which they travelled across two or more time zones, as will be the case for Minnesota, is 0–10 in Thursday night games since its inception in 2006. I think that trend continues this Thursday with the Rams easily winning outright, and even covering the spread, but I don’t think the point total quite reaches 50. This game moves from the NFL Network to Fox, so look out for that change. Kickoff is at 5:20 PT.