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3 Keys to Beating the Rams

By: Tanishka Mhaskar
September 27th, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS-The Minnesota Vikings play the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday September 27th in the Coliseum in Los Angeles. The Vikings are coming off of an embarassing loss to the Buffalo Bills while the Rams are coming off of an impressive win against the other Los Angeles team: the Chargers. The Vikings open as seven point underdogs. Keep reading for three keys to beating the red-hot L.A. Rams.

1) Stop RB Todd Gurley. 
The explosive Rams RB has 376 total yards and 5 total touchdowns. If the Vikings can stop the Rams’ run game and make them a one-dimensional offense, they put more pressure on QB Jared Goff to throw.

2) Capitalize on the backup CBs. 
The Rams upgraded their secondary this offseason by trading for CBs Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib. The shutdown corners both got injured in the Rams win against the Chargers. On Wednesday, Los Angeles placed Talib on the IR, and Peters is listed as questionable. He is unlikely to play. Stepping in for Talib and Peters are backups Sam Shields, Troy Hill, and Nickell Robey-Coleman. On the other side of the ball, the Vikings have arguably the best receiver duo in the league in Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. If Vikings QB Kirk Cousins has enough time to through the ball, Thielen and Diggs win the matchup.

3) Don’t abandon the run game. 
The Vikings rank 31st in rushing. They ran the ball 6 times for only 14 yards on Sunday. This was partly because they were playing catch up, versus the Bills. The Rams defense has some big holes that can provide good lanes for running. None of this will matter if the offensive line doesn’t step up. Luckily for the Vikings, their star center Pat Elflein is expected to start vs the Rams. Elflein has the ability to get into the secondary and block. Explosive RB Dalvin Cook is also expected to play, even though he was listed as questionable on Wednesday’s injury report.

The Vikings hope to rebound from last week’s loss. Tune in at 7:20 CT on Fox, Amazon Prime, or NFL Network. SKOL