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Vikings vs Rams Odds - Peterson to get untracked against listless Rams

Posted by D.J. Tomkins on 10/7/2009 12:20:16 PM
football betThe Vikings vs Rams odds is a complete mismatch in the NFC on paper, and it should also play out that way on the field. The Rams are one of the last winless teams in the NFL while the Vikings are still without a loss. After watching Brett Favre carry the team on Monday Night Football, online betting fans should expect Adrian Peterson to carry the team on Sunday.

Vikings vs Rams odds: Vikings -9.5

  • WHAT: NFL betting
  • WHEN: Sunday, October 11th – 1:00 PM ET
  • WHERE: Edward Jones Dome – St. Louis, MO
  • KEY STAT: 8-3 ATS in last 11 as a favorite of 3.5 to 9.5 points
  • PICK: Vikings -9.5, Under 40.5

Vikings vs Rams odds maker breakdown: The Storyline
After the Vikings disposed of the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football, they now are neck in neck with the New Orleans Saints and New York Giants for the best team in the NFC. After a couple of tough weeks, they can now relax with a breather against the Rams.

As for the Rams, they have been whipped on a weekly basis. While their defense might actually be somewhat decent, you wouldn’t notice it because their offense has been pathetic. The Rams have no punch on offense and until they find one, they won’t be threatening anyone for wins.

Betting Edge: Vikings

Vikings vs Rams odds maker breakdown: Offense
The Vikings offense is humming along right now. Favre has shown that his arm is just fine and he can make all the throws he needs to on the field. On top of that, the offensive line gave him all the time he needed. The running game is kind of sluggish right now but the Rams defense should cure their woes.

The Rams offense is absolutely embarrassing right now. They’ve been shut out twice in four games and they scored a total of 24 points all season long. Steven Jackson’s prime is being wasted right now as the team just can’t get the ground game going. Meanwhile, the passing game is pathetic as well, totaling just 558 yards through four games.

Betting Edge: Vikings

Vikings vs Rams odds maker breakdown: Defense
NFL betting fans know that the Vikings have the better defense in this matchup. The Vikings defense will key in on Jackson and once he’s shut down, the Rams will have a tough time doing anything else. The Vikings are also a very physical defense, which means the Rams will get pushed around this week once again.

The Rams defense may in fact be decent, but we’ll never find out until the offense starts to help out. The defense is continually hung out to dry because of turnovers or three-and-outs. Last week, the Rams defense gave up just 14 points but the special teams and offense gave up 21 points.

Betting Edge: Vikings

Vikings vs Rams odds maker breakdown: Notable Injuries
The Rams have a pile of injuries starting with quarterback Marc Bulger, who may or may not play this week. Given how he’s played so far this year, it probably doesn’t matter one way or another. The Rams also have some nagging issues on their offensive line with Jacob Bell and Jason Smith, although both are expected to play this week.

Betting Edge: Vikings

Vikings vs Rams odds for total: 40.5
Sportsbook odds makers can’t count on the Rams for points right now, which means unders have to be the play. The Vikings offense may be a bit sluggish to start the game after such an emotional win on Monday Night Football, so they may not take control of this game until the second half. Take the under.

Pick: Under 40.5

Vikings vs Rams betting breakdown: Outlook and Pick
Until we see more production from the Rams offense, we can’t trust them to cover any spread. They are a 9.5-point underdog but they may not score any points in this game, which means the spread is very manageable for the Vikings to cover. Look for Adrian Peterson to have a big game as the Vikings cover.

D.J.’S PICK: Vikings -9.5

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D.J. Tomkins is one of's NFL experts.



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