NFL Week 4 Thursday Night Football Betting (MIN at LAR -6.5)

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September 26th, 2018

The Minnesota Vikings attempt to get back on a winning track after their shocking 27-6 loss to the Buffalo Bills in Week 4 Thursday Night Football betting when they travel to L.A. to battle the Rams. Both teams have a lot to prove. A strong performance by Los Angeles would solidify their standing as the outright Super Bowl favorite.

NFL WEEK 4 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL BETTING Minnesota Vikings vs. L.A. Rams Thursday, September 27th – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – 8:20pm ET Odds: L.A. Rams -7.5 (49)

Vikings Offense vs Rams Defense So far, so good, with Minnesota’s prized free agent acquisition quarterback Kirk Cousins. In 3 games, Cousins has thrown 7 TD passes to only 2 interceptions while completing 68.3% of his passes. Cousins won’t beat the Rams defense on his own, though, which is why even though he should have some success, I can’t give the edge to the Vikings here. Minnesota ranks 31st in rushing yards per game while the Rams rank 6th in rushing yards allowed. Running back Dalvin Cook might be back in the mix to spice up Minnesota's offensive attack.

The secondary for the Rams lost both Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib, so there's potential for Minnesota to enjoy some breathing room. And you have to assume that the Vikings will be motivated to prove that last weekend was an anomaly. The major issue is that even though the Rams are depleted in their pass defense, their front-seven is still amongst the best in the business. Buffalo was able to punch through Minnesota' offensive line routinely. The Rams are going to feast.

Edge: Rams   

Rams Offense vs Vikings Defense The Rams rank in the Top-10 in every significant category: 3rd in yards per game, 4th in passing yards per game, 6th in rushing yards per game, and 3rd in points per game. As you'd guess, they should have no trouble breaking down Minnesota’s defense. For their part, Minnesota hasn’t played with the same, defensive grit it demonstrated last season and the coaches didn’t make the necessary adjustments in the Buffalo game until it was too late.

Edge: Rams  

Vikings at Rams Betting Analysis and ATS Prediction Most of the action is leaning hard towards the Rams  as -6.5 point favorites, and the line has jumped a whole point since opening earlier this week. Why shouldn’t they? The Rams have looked great while Minnesota lost straight up to the Buffalo Bills as a -17 home favorite. Even if Minnesota bounces back with a huge effort, it shouldn’t be enough to keep this game within 7 points. Minnesota has no rushing attack while the Rams can run or pass their way to points, not to mention that Minnesota has to prepare for one of the best offenses in the NFL off only 3 days rest.

Los Angeles might not blow out Minnesota on Thursday night, but they should win by enough to cover the spread.

NFL Week 4 Thursday Night Football Betting Free Pick: Rams -7.5