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NFL : ATS Matchup
Thursday 9/27/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore




MINNESOTA (1 - 1 - 1) at LA RAMS (3 - 0)
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Week 4 Thursday, 9/27/2018 8:20 PM
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102LA RAMS-6.5-7
MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games1-1+11-21-219.75.7371.7(5.7)1.724.015.7323.3(5.3)1.3
Road Games0-000-11-029.07.0480.0(7.3)
Last 3 Games1-1+11-21-219.75.7371.7(5.7)1.724.015.7323.3(5.3)1.3
Grass Games0-000-11-029.07.0480.0(7.3)
MINNESOTA - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)19.75.721.329:0519-66(3.5)32-4668.3%306(6.6)65-372(5.7)(18.9)
Opponents Defensive Avg.28.417.922.831:5625-100(4)26-3967.7%269(6.9)64-369(5.8)(13)
Offense Road Games29.07.024.031:5218-68(3.8)35-4872.9%412(8.6)66-480(7.3)(16.6)
Defense (All Games)24.015.720.034:1529-105(3.6)20-3261.9%218(6.7)61-323(5.3)(13.5)
Opponents Offensive Avg.21.49.61930:1025-113(4.6)20-3359.1%206(6.2)58-320(5.5)(14.9)
Defense Road Games29.017.024.038:0824-98(4.1)30-4271.4%253(6)66-351(5.3)(12.1)
MINNESOTA - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.30.711.314-643.9%1-016.7%2-47(25)18-2(7.3)7-62
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-433.3%0-0100.0%0-3(8)2-9(5.4)7-53
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.70.31 13-431.3%1-042.9%2-57(28.4)13-2(6.6)9-79
Stats Against (Road Games) 13-430.8%0-00.0%1-8(8)2-0(0)7-54

LA RAMS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games3-0+33-01-234.016.7439.3(6.8)
Home Games2-0+22-01-134.520.0476.5(7)1.511.56.5246.5(5.4)1.5
Last 3 Games3-0+33-01-234.016.7439.3(6.8)
Grass Games3-0+33-01-234.016.7439.3(6.8)
LA RAMS - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)34.016.726.732:1831-134(4.3)24-3470.3%306(9.1)65-439(6.8)(12.9)
Opponents Defensive Avg.27.611.622.230:1629-123(4.3)21-3265.3%264(8.3)60-386(6.4)(14)
Offense Home Games34.520.028.534:1234-130(3.8)26-3477.9%346(10.2)68-476(7)(13.8)
Defense (All Games)12.08.713.727:4219-97(5)21-3266.0%199(6.2)52-296(5.7)(24.7)
Opponents Offensive Avg.17.111.318.730:4422-94(4.3)24-3469.9%242(7.1)56-335(6)(19.6)
Defense Home Games11.56.510.525:4817-97(5.6)17-2861.4%149(5.2)46-246(5.4)(21.4)
LA RAMS - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.70.311.812-644.6%1-066.7%2-42(22.5)32-2(16.2)7-53
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 12-541.7%1-166.7%1-27(20.5)1-7(10.5)8-77
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.30.61.9 11-436.1%1-037.5%1-20(20.2)11-2(6.8)7-56
Stats Against (Home Games) 12-540.0%1-166.7%2-41(20.5)0-5(11)6-38
Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 19,  LA RAMS 15.3
MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/9/2018SAN FRANCISCO24-16W-6.5W46U32-11620-36-227125-9015-33-2374
9/16/2018@ GREEN BAY29-29T-1.5L45O18-6835-48-412124-9830-42-2530
9/27/2018@ LA RAMS            
10/7/2018@ PHILADELPHIA            
10/21/2018@ NY JETS            

LA RAMS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/10/2018@ OAKLAND33-13W-6W47.5U26-14018-33-225023-9529-40-3003
9/23/2018LA CHARGERS35-23W-7W49O35-17129-36-350220-14118-30-2152
10/7/2018@ SEATTLE            
10/14/2018@ DENVER            
10/21/2018@ SAN FRANCISCO            
MINNESOTA: Minnesota believes they upgraded their offense by signing QB Kirk Cousins. Expert coordinator Pat Shurmur is gone, though John DeFilippo (considered future-head-coach material in NFL circles) was a great hire to replace him. WRs Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen developed into a lethal duo, both excelling as route-runners and in contest-catch situations. RB Dalvin Cook looked like a star before tearing his ACL in Week 4 of his rookie campaign. You wouldn't have known it from the NFC Championship Game, but Minnesota had the league's best defense last season. They led the NFL in scoring (15.8 points per game) and 3rd-down conversion rate (25%). S Harrison Smith, CB Xavier Rhodes and LBs Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks are among the top performers at their positions. Up front, DEs Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter combined for 20 sacks last season.
LA RAMS: 2017 Coach of the Year Sean McVay quickly turned around L.A.'s offense with an effective running game and a unique passing attack. RB Todd Gurley was unstoppable as a rusher and receiver, leading the league in touchdowns (19) and yards from scrimmage (2,093) playing just 15 games. Gurley's success allowed Jared Goff to blossom as a play-action passer, and the arrival of WR Brandin Cooks gives McVay one more dynamic weapon to utilize. Legendary coordinator Wade Phillips will worked with an rebuilt defense in 2018. OLB Robert Quinn, ILB Alec Ogletree and CB Trumaine Johnson are out. DT Ndamukong Suh and CBs Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters, all former All-Pros, are in. The new arrivals have reputations for gambling to make big plays (while also allowing some). DT Aaron Donald is one of the game's best defenders, though the run defense struggled at times last season.
Banged-up Rams look to stay perfect vs. Vikings

To say things have been going well for the Los Angeles Rams is an understatement. The same can't be said for the Minnesota Vikings as the two teams prepare to play Thursday night on the West Coast.

The Rams are 3-0 for the first time since 2001, Jared Goff is playing like an upper-echelon quarterback, wide receivers Brandin Cooks, Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods have essentially been unstoppable and running back Todd Gurley II looks every bit as good this year as he did last year.

Defensively, they have played solid to downright dominant football while giving the offense as much time as needed to run away from opponents.

But that doesn't mean things are perfect, and from an injury standpoint, things are beginning to add up in a bad way.

In Sunday's win over the Los Angeles Chargers, the Rams lost cornerbacks Aqib Talib (high ankle sprain) and Marcus Peters (calf) and punt returner JoJo Natson (broken hand), who was replacing the injured Pharoh Cooper. Prior to that game, kicker Greg Zuerlein was sidelined by a groin injury.

Talib is scheduled for surgery Thursday.

They have been able to manage the injuries to stay on the winning side of things, but the Rams will be tested to the fullest on Thursday against a potentially powerful Vikings pass attack that features quarterback Kirk Cousins, wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen and tight end Kyle Rudolph.

The Rams will have to dip into their cornerback depth and rely on backups Sam Shields, Nickell Robey-Coleman and Troy Hill, among others.

Said head coach Sean McVay, "I think it's going to be a combination. Nickell Robey has played excellent for us this year. Then, I think guys like Sam Shields and Troy Hill will be asked to step up. But we do have confidence that we're going to get those other guys ready to go and they played a lot of meaningful snaps (Sunday)."

Meanwhile, an already turbulent week for the Vikings took a distressing turn Monday with the news that defensive end Everson Griffen has had two separate off-field incidents and is being evaluated for mental health concerns.

The Vikings were handed an inexplicable 27-6 home loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday and now turn around for Thursday night's game on the road in which the Vikings will travel two time zones to face the undefeated Rams. They traveled to Los Angeles without Griffen, who is at a mental health facility for "evaluation and treatment."

A road game against one of the favorites in the NFC would have been tough enough on a short turnaround, but Griffen has been one of the team's inspirational leaders since he became a full-time starter in 2014. He's tallied 44.5 sacks in 64 games in that time.

Without Griffen, Minnesota has to face a Rams offense that is tied for third in the NFL at 34.0 points per game. Los Angeles is third in yards with 439.3 yards per game. Stephen Weatherly, a seventh-round draft pick in 2016, made his first career start in place of Griffen last week and had seven tackles, a sack and two quarterback hits. With Griffen out, Danielle Hunter takes his spot at right end with Weatherly starting on the left side.

"Yeah it's a problem," Zimmer said of the Vikings traveling west on a short week. "We haven't had a home game on a short week since I've been here in five years. But it is what it is. You play the schedule how it is. I know the statistics about going to the West Coast on a short week and all that."

Road teams traveling through two time zones are winless in 10 previous Thursday games.

The Vikings departed Minneapolis after practice Tuesday, and Zimmer said, "We did a study on preparing for a game on a short week and all those things and that's why we're going out tonight after practice."

Trying to control the Rams defensive line led by Aaron Donald, Ndamukong Suh and Michael Brockers will also be a challenge, as Zimmer acknowledged. The Vikings do hope to have running back Dalvin Cook available. He missed Sunday's game because of a hamstring injury.

"Their front guys, obviously Donald and Suh and Brockers, they're get-going-up-the-field guys," Zimmer said. "Suh is explosive, powerful. They get to the spot on the quarterback. And then Donald is the quick, side-to-side (guy) and then use power to get to it. Yeah, it makes it difficult."

Goff has played well, completing better than 70 percent of his passes, and that will also be a challenge for Minnesota's defense.

Goff credits his supporting cast. "They're all great," he said. Woody (Woods) getting 10 catches, it was awesome. "very week, it seems like another guy steps up. It kind of cycles. (Sunday) it was Robert, Brandin. Cooper played great. I mean they all played great. It's good to have all three of them and then Todd in the pass game is good as well."

Last Updated: 6/19/2019 12:55:07 AM EST

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