PSF GOTW Rams@Vikings
This battle between two 7-2 NFC teams could be a playoff preview. The Los Angeles Rams and Minnesota Vikings are both on fire and knocking on the Philadelphia Eagles door for the title of best team in the NFC. The Rams are looking for their 5th straight win to match the Vikings win streak, and second-year QB Jared Goff has looked like a top QB this season. But that all comes to an end this weekend in Minnesota. The Vikings have been on a roll, lead by old reliable Case Keenum at QB, and an elite defense lead by Everson Griffin and Harrison Smith on the opposite side of the ball. This will be the toughest battle for both teams throughout their win streaks, and I expect it to be an extremely close one. The Vikings win though in a high scoring affair 37-30.
Week 11, Rams @ Vikings
With constant questions looming about how much longer Case Keenum will be the starting QB in Minnesota I think this is the game Keenum finally shows his true colors and caves under the pressure. An interesting matchup to watch is Todd Gurley against Minnesota’s stingy rush defense that comes in holding opponents to an average of 81 rushing yards per game. (3rd best in the league). Both teams have a lot of talent on the defensive side of the ball so I see this being a multiple turnover game. However I think most of that will come by way of 2 Keenum interceptions. On the Rams side of the ball I think Goff has a decent game. 2TDs 1INT. I can definitely see Rams HC Sean McVay game planning to avoid throwing to whichever of his WRs is covered by Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes. This keeps things simple for his young QB and this will also create more receptions for Gurley.
24 – 20 Rams over Vikings
Rams v Vikings
If you would have told me at the beginning of the year that this game was going to have major playoff implications, I wouldn’t have believed you. However, here we are in week 11. The Rams are on top of the NFC West and the Vikings at the top of the North. Jared Goff has looked like a world beater as he has thrown 8 TD to 1 INT over the past 3 weeks. The Vikings offense has been getting better every week, but this Rams defense will be their best test since the Lions in week 4. The Vikings come into this game with a top 5 defense and the best wide receiver tandem in the league. The Rams have the advantage on offense with more versatility thanks to Todd Gurley, Robert Woods, and Cooper Kupp. Even though the Rams will be on the road in a tough stadium, I think Jared Goff is able to continue his excellent play as of late and pull out a close win by a score of Rams 24, Vikings 20.
The Vikings defense are one of the most dominant teams on both sides of the ball in the NFL. Jared Goff and the Rams struggled to score until well into the third quarter against a depleted Texans offense. The Wade Phillips defense is kicking into shape. This is going to be a low scoring game. The Vikings have one of the best home fields in the league. I’m taking the Vikings 20-14.