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Rams vs. Vikes

Ram It!

September 27, 2018 - 10:48 am

Rams. Vikings. Tonight. From Los Angeles. On the one hand, it does feel a little different than it did five days ago. A little different before Josh Allen and the Bills rolled into Minnesota and straight snatched souls. And now the Vikings have to somehow shake off the most stunning ass-kicking of 2018 and get on a bird to LAX and beat the most complete team of 2018. On a short week. Something my podcast co-host and two-time super bowl champ Trevor Pryce thinks is impossible. 

My man is usually right, but that doesn’t mean. This isn’t a damn good matchup.  Because it is. Even after Buffalo curb-stomped the Vikes. Even with the Rams secondary busted up. It’s still the Vikings. And the Rams. In the coliseum. Aaron Donald. Ndamukong Suh. Todd Gurley. Kirk Cousins. Stefon Diggs. Harrison Smith. Still a possible NFC title game preview with nearly half a billion dollars in contracts on the field. 

I’m not going to say it’ll be the greatest game ever – what Thursday night game is? But this isn’t your average TNF affair. 

This is Sean McVay v. Mike Zimmer. Jared Goff v. Kirk Cousins. An explosive offense versus a nasty defense. The Rams dream team versus the Vikings team that came so close to hosting a Super Bowl last year and want nothing more than to make it right this year. 

The Rams came into this season with a ton of hype. The reigning offensive player of the year. The reigning defensive player of the year. The reigning coach of the year. And when they added Suh, Brandin Cooks, and a pair of pro bowl corners, the hype meter broke.

And so far, they’ve lived up to it. 3-0, putting up 33 points or more in every game, and with the injury to Jimmy G in San Francisco, the division is pretty much in the bag already.  

Meanwhile, the Vikings come into tonight licking their wounds after a humiliating beatdown from Buffalo. Three games isn’t much of a sample size, but this Vikings offense hasn’t quite clicked. And it’s a short week. And they just got their asses kicked by Buffalo. And they’re dealing with the situation involving Everson Griffen. And they just got hammered by Buffalo. And they’re flying halfway across the country. Oh, and they just lost by three touchdowns to the Bills at home. 

So it would seem like logical that they’d show and get punched in the face again, right.? I mean if Josh Allen torched that Vikings defense inside out, what will Jared Goff do? 

Maybe. Maybe not. Depends on your view of a wounded animal. Is it the most dangerous? And not dangerous at all, it’s wounded. Listen, the Vikings need this game badly. 1-1-1 is not how they expected to start the season. 1-2-1 is even worse, especially if that means that they fall even further behind the bears in the NFC North. 

Secondly, the Rams secondary is banged up. Aqib Talib, out. Marcus Peters, probably out. They’re down both starting cornerbacks and they’re going up against one of the best receiver combos in Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. There’s never a good time to be down a pair of Pro Bowl corners, going up against those two is a really bad time to be missing them. 

And on top of that, as good as the Rams defensive line is on paper, those results haven’t quite shown up on the stat sheet. Three games into the season, Donald, Suh, and Michael Brockers have combined for two sacks. Tonight would be a really good time to pick up a few sacks, especially against a Vikings line with some questions. 

But I’m trusting @sonofbum to scheme it up defensively and Sean McVay to dial it up offensively. Rams 31, Vikings 24. If you’re on the east coach, nap it out this afternoon, stay up tonight, because even with a busted up secondary, the rams are must see TV and you don’t miss this: rams by 7.  And they’ll be bumping Ram It all night long in the city.