Vikings vs. Rams NFL Week 15 Preview

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The Minnesota Vikings (7-6) will travel to Edward Jones Stadium to take on the St. Louis Rams (6-6-1) this Sunday in a game with major playoff implications.

Line – Rams (-2.5)

With many angles and players to follow, lets take a look at the major storylines heading into Sunday’s game:

Season on the Line for Both Teams

It’s crunch time in the NFL season. Both the Vikings and Rams will be playing for their playoff lives come Sunday. Currently both teams sit on the outside of bracket, but both are still very much alive. However, it’s safe to say another loss will likely end those hopes for either team. Given that fact, I fully expect a playoff atmosphere from St. Louis on Sunday afternoon.

Old-School Football

Fans will not see a shoot-out, throw it all over the field game this Sunday. Both of these teams are going to run the football, and try to earn an advantage via their defense. Steven Jackson and Adrian Peterson are two physical backs who’ve both been running very well coming into this matchup. Peterson of course is the league’s leading rusher (1,600), and has just been playing out of his mind; while Jackson started slow in 2012, but has come on late, rushing for 433 yards and two touchdowns over the last five games.

The Vikings are dead-last in league in passing yards per game (172.6), while the Rams rank 22nd (212.1). These are not what you would call ‘high-powered’ offenses. Fans should expect a very physical contest, in which every yard will count for something. Field position should play a more significant role than normal in this one.

Outlook

The spread is dead on as far as I’m concerned. This game could go either way, but the Rams have to be the favorite playing on their home turf. This game will come down to basics, and the team that creates more turnovers is likely to win. If you like throwback football, be sure to tune into to this game Sunday afternoon.

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