The Vikings didn’t just lose to the Bills in Week Three; they lost to one of the worst teams in the NFL. They lost to a rookie quarterback making his first start on the road. To make matters worse, they lost because they played poorly.
Without Dalvin Cook in the lineup, they had no running game. Of course, after falling behind 27-0 by halftime, they couldn’t afford to attempt to establish a run game. But rather than push the ball downfield, they played it safe for most of the game with short, easy passes. If they could have broken a few plays, that would have been fine. But they didn’t.
To be fair, the defense did play a good game. Two Kirk Cousins fumbles gave the Bills a short field to work with. But Josh Allen did have a pair of long scoring drives, so the defense was far from perfect either.
The Rams, on the other hand, dominated the Chargers for their third win. Todd Gurley had over 100 yards rushing; Robert Woods had over 100 receiving. Jared Goff passed for over 300 and had three touchdowns. The defense held Phillip Rivers to just 226 yards and two touchdowns.
So—who’s going to win?
The Vikings defense will slow Jared Goff and Todd Gurley down. But it is hard to see the Rams dynamic duo being stopped by anyone. So, the question is whether Kirk Cousins can rebound and beat the Rams defense.
Don’t bank on it.
Take the Rams (-294.12) to win over the Vikings (+230) and cover the spread (6.5 points). As for the over/under, the quality of both defenses makes this call a tough one—but I’d go with the under (49).