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St. Louis Rams 15, Minnesota Vikings 10: Wind-Swept First Half Rides Zuerlein To Halftime Lead

You know the formula. Gurley + Austin + defense = Fisherball.

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In promoting our FanDuel league earlier this morning, I said this:

The argument you can make for [Jared] Cook is that he's due, that a return to the mean is coming and that it might as well be today. I'd suggest you could make the same argument for Rams K Greg Zuerlein.

One out of two ain't bad.

The St. Louis Rams lead the Minnesota Vikings at the half, 15-10.

Things looked ugly early on as the Rams' offense struggled early and the Vikings jumped out to a 10-0 lead. The Rams clawed back though with the well-known double dose of RB Just Todd Gurley and WR Tavon Austin and a sprinkling of WR Kenny Britt to punch in a short JTG TD and add three field goals from K Greg Zuerlein. With the Rams' defense fully warmed up and swarming to a clearly rattled Teddy Bridgewater, it sets up an interesting tale of two quarters, both in the first half and in the second.

Does that mean Minnesota has the odds in the third quarter? Can the Rams hold them in check at least early coming out of the locker room? Does that amount to a victory in the battle to start the second half? And what of the decision to go for two after the Rams' early touchdown? How do the Rams treat that if they punch it in in the next 15 minutes or if Minnesota meets the end zone in the 4th?

Either way, we were promised a game of serious consequence. If this is a de facto regular season playoff game, you have to like how the Rams performed over the course of an entire half.