NFL Week 5 Parlay – Minnesota Vikings at St. Louis Rams
Sunday October 11 – Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, MO
Betting Line: Vikings -9.5, O/U: 41
Coming off an epic performance against his former team, Brett Favre and the Vikings hit the road on a short week to take on the Rams in St. Louis. On paper this is quite the mismatch as the Vikings are 4-0 while the Rams are 0-4 and have been shut out in two of its losses.
The Vikings were able to put up a ton of points against Green Bay without a big game out of Adrian Peterson. Defensively, the Vikings look just as strong sacking Aaron Rodgers eight times in the victory. It is hard to see anything but a blow out in this spot but the games are not won on paper.
What The Vikings Have To Do To Win:
Probably a little bit more than just showing up. The Vikings could be the most complete team in the NFL and appear to have everything in place to make a long playoff run. The key for Minnesota will be not to overlook their winless opponent.
Brett Favre is coming off his best game of the year torching the Packers secondary for 271 yards and three touchdowns. The 39-year-old quarterback appears to be healthy and should have little trouble making big plays against the Rams secondary. Expect Adrian Peterson to rebound after a subpar effort against Green Bay.
What The Rams Have To Do To Win:
The Rams will need a small miracle to win this game. The only bright spot for the Rams is Steven Jackson, who has been able to run the ball rushing for 367 yards so far this season. Unfortunately, Jackson, like the rest of his team, cannot find the end zone and has not scored in any of the four weeks. Jackson will also find it tough to run the ball against this stout defense.
Defensively the Rams are not any better and lost to Brett Favre last year 47-3 when he played for the Jets. It will take a small miracle for St. Louis to win their first game of the season.
Advice On The Side And Total:
While all signs point to a Vikings blow out it should be pointed out Minnesota is just 1-5 in their last six games as a double digit favorite and they could be just that come kick off.
The Vikings are coming off an emotional week and will face somewhat of a letdown after Monday night’s game but the Rams are just too awful to take advantage. St. Louis is currently riding the longest losing streak in the NFL having dropped 14 straight games. The Rams are 5-31 in their last 36 games. They are not good enough to beat any elite NFL teams.
Pick: Vikings & under