By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan //@Lucyrk78
Los Angeles Rams 35 – Los Angeles Chargers 23
The Los Angeles Rams are on a roll! For the first time in more than a decade, the Rams are off to a 3-0 start. They have been favored in every game thus far and covered the spread each time. Does this mean they will be able to beat the Minnesota Vikings Thursday night?
Rams quarterback Jared Goff seems to be getting more comfortable and improving every game. Against the Los Angeles Chargers, he went for three touchdowns, an interception and completed 29 of his 36 passes. He’s got an arm that allows him to throw over the middle of the field and doesn’t seem afraid to take chances with long balls.
Despite the win and an unbelievable showing by LA’s offense, this game wasn’t all sunshine and palm trees. The Rams suffered four big injuries during Sunday’s game. Cornerback Marcus Peters had to leave the game in the first half with an ankle injury. Defensive tackle Dominique Easley hurt his knee and was unable to return and wide receiver JoJo Natson actually broke his hand.
To round it out, CB Aqib Talib left the game due to an ankle sprain. While it looked like Peters may have injured his Achilles, tests have luckily come back negative. Talib didn’t get off quite so unscathed. He will be sidelined at least 3-4 games and still might require surgery. The only bright side – these weren’t season-ending injuries.
They have a short week coming up. The Rams will have to address these injuries and what impact missing key players will have when they face off against the Vikings Thursday night.
The Vikings haven’t played in Los Angeles since Sept. 5, 1993, when they lost 24-7 to the Raiders at the Coliseum. The Vikings have not faced the Rams in Los Angeles since Nov. 29, 1992, a 31-17 Minnesota win at Anaheim Stadium. The Vikings have a 27-16-2 mark all-time against the Rams franchise and have a five-game win streak in the series.
Three wins by double-digits have added to the chatter of the LA Rams making a Super Bowl run. Of course, the Vikings are a top-notch team and beating them by double-digits won’t be easy. However, following their recent embarrassing loss to the Buffalo Bills, the Vikings might be a bit off kilter Thursday night.
Let’s hope the Rams can take advantage of this and increase their streak to four games.
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