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Rams at Vikings spread, odds, picks and trends: Expert predictions for NFL Week 16 game

Following the Rams’ 20-10 win over the Seahawks on Tuesday, Los Angeles now has four season of double-digit wins in five years under Sean McVay. But more important than that, the Rams have new life in the NFC West race. Matthew Stafford finished with 244 yards and a pair of touchdown passes to Cooper Kupp while the defense was just as effective. The Rams held Seattle to 214 yards, 3-of-11 on third down and just 24:54 of possession. Getting healthy is a priority this as COVID-19 did affect player availability for the Rams against Seattle. The Rams open a two-game road trip at the Vikings. The game could have quite a few points in it, but oddsmakers like Los Angeles here as it opened as 3-point favorites.

Given what was left on the Vikings’ schedule and their pressing need to remain in the hunt for a wild card spot, last week’s game at Chicago had all the makings of a trap game. And it would’ve been one, too, if the Bears could score. Minnesota finished with a season-low 193 yards and still managed a 17-9 win to get back to .500 for the year. Kirk Cousins only had 87 passing yards, though he did throw two touchdown passes while Dalvin Cook added 89 rushing yards. It’s also not hard for an opposing defense to star against Chicago, but Minnesota’s was pretty good last week. It forced three turnovers and held the Bears to 2-of-12 on third down and 1-of-5 in the red zone. The Vikings are much better at home and now get to close the season with two of their final three games in Minneapolis. Odds, Over/Under, Moneyline

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