The Los Angeles Rams (7-2) have found great success on the road in 2017, having won all four of their away games thus far this season. This week, they’ll face potentially their toughest road test of the year, as they head into Minnesota to take on the Vikings (7-2).
Do the Rams have what it takes to make it five straight road wins in 2017, in hopes of staying atop the NFC West?
The Turf Show Times’ staff have their predictions...
The Rams have churned through their last three opponents, but now the slate gets tough. The Vikings, led by Case Keenum (!!!) are playing just as well as the Rams in all three phases. I think that the Rams hang with the Vikings until the 4th quarter, but aren't able to convert in the final drive.
Prediction: Vikings win, 35-28
Eric Nagel (@Eric_nagel)
Time for a statement game, even if the score doesn’t look like it.
Prediction: Rams win, 33-23
The game continues on even with the deafening screams of anger from Jeff Fisher. Rams win their first defensive battle.
Prediction: Rams win, 19-10
This will be a tough matchup for the Rams. Minnesota plays tough against the run and has a very good secondary. Can Gurley get going in the ground or can he be a weapon through the passing game? That’ll dictate how the offense plays.
The Rams’ defense needs to wreck havoc on the Vikings’ starting QB Case Keemun. The ex-Ram is playing solidly - making him uncomfortable early & often would be wise.
Prediction: Rams win, 27-20
Elijah Kim (@Big_EZK)
The Rams travel to the recently built palace in Minnesota to take on the 7-2 Vikings. With multiple competent quarterbacks and a solid tandem of running backs even after the Dalvin Cook injury, the Rams defense will have their hands full. The Rams offense will have to bring their "A-game" against this solid defense as well, considering that the Vikings are a top-5 defense in terms of scoring and yardage. The Rams will come up just short against the team led by Case "top ten in some metrics" Keenum.
Prediction: Vikings win, 27-24
The Jeff Fisher QB Bowl. Goff is coming off his best two career games while Keenum has been playing well for Minnesota. Both defenses are tough in the secondary with the Vikings holding a clear edge against the run. With a tough upcoming 3 game road stretch for Minnesota, they might have more pressure on them for a win than the Rams who are perfect away from LA. It’s hard to find clear edges on either side besides QB numbers but with blind faith I’m picking Rams in a nail biter.
Prediction: Rams win, 27-23
Sosa Kremenjas (@SosaKre)
The Rams find a way to squeek a big win that brings them to 8-2. Case Keenum will be forced into a mistake or two that'll give the Rams the edge, and though the Rams offense may not start out sizzling, it'll eventually throw up enough points on board to secure the win.
Prediction: Rams win, 24-20
Sean Wilkinson (@Papa_Lurch)
Doesn't matter who plays QB for the Vikings. Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers will beast and harass the Minnesota OL all day.
Prediction: Rams win, 27-19
Prediction: Vikings win, 21-20
Brandon Bate (@NoPlanB_)
I am no longer capable of picking against the Rams. There is no more Kool-Aid. I drank it all.
Prediction: Rams win, 30-24