The Los Angeles Rams will be looking to solidify their newfound position as Super Bowl 53 favorites when they play host to the Minnesota Vikings as 7-point favorites on the Thursday Night Football odds.
Los Angeles continued its steady climb up the NFL futures by tallying a decisive 35-23 win over the Los Angeles Chargers as 7-point chalk last weekend to improve its unblemished straight-up record to 3-0 going into Thursday’s game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Bolstered by a team offense that has averaged 34 points per game, the Rams have claimed victory by an average margin of 22 points in their first three outings. With the early favorite New England Patriots stumbling to a 1-2 start, Los Angeles has quickly rocketed to the top of the NFL futures as a +450 bet to claim their first Super Bowl title since 1999.
The Rams have carried over their strong performance from last season, when they marched to an 11-5 record and their first NFC West crown since 2003, but struggled at home last season. Los Angeles went 3-6 SU in nine contests, capped by a 26-13 loss to Atlanta as 6-point chalk on Wild Card Weekend, and entered the 2018 campaign with a dismal 5-11 SU record in 16 previous home dates.
However, the Rams have changed the home field narrative over the past two weeks, starting with a crushing 34-0 victory over the visiting Arizona Cardinals as 11-point favorites in Week 2. That marked the first time the team has covered in consecutive weeks on home turf since December 2015, and sets the stage for the Rams to open the campaign on a 4-0 SU run for the first time since 1995.
But while the Rams own the third-ranked offense in the NFL, their defense suffered a serious hit last weekend, with cornerback Aqib Talib suffering an ankle injury that will require surgery and keep him sidelined indefinitely. Talib racked up nine tackles and two interceptions prior to his injury. However, the Rams maintain the NFL’s top-ranked defense, surrendering just 12 points per game to date.
Desperate Vikings Underdogs on the TNF Odds
Conversely, Minnesota will be desperate for a win as they arrive in Los Angeles pegged as lengthy +230 underdogs on the Vikings vs. Rams odds. The Vikings dropped to a middling 1-1-1 on the season following last week’s stunning 27-6 loss to the visiting Buffalo Bills as massive 16.5-point favorites.
Last week’s defeat comes on the heels of Minnesota’s 29-29 tie with the Green Bay Packers as 1.5-point road chalk in Week 2, and leaves the Vikings with just one against the spread victory in their past five outings.
In addition to leaving them as a diminished +1200 bet on the Super Bowl odds, the Vikings have also surrendered 24 or more points in four of their past five outings. However, Minnesota has enjoyed regular success against the Rams, posting SU and ATS wins in their past five overall meetings.
The Vikings have also effectively contained the Rams offense in recent clashes, limiting Los Angeles to 22 or fewer points in their past five meetings, and just 12.6 points per game in their past three meetings on the road.
*Odds as of September 26, 2018
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