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Minnesota establishing their run game on offense is going to play a huge factor in them getting a win over the Rams or not on Sunday.
Despite holding three of their previous five opponents under 90 rushing yards, Los Angeles’ ability to stop the run is easily the weakest part of their defense this season. In nine games this year, the Rams are giving up the sixth-most yards per rushing attempt to opposing offenses.
In comparison to the Vikings’ run defense, Los Angeles has allowed 330 more rushing yards to their opponents this season than Minnesota has.
The Vikings’ rushing attack this year is night and day when compared to what it was in 2016. A five-yard gain no longer has the possibility of being Minnesota’s longest run of the day in 2017.
Thanks to the successful running back tag team of Jerick McKinnon and Latavius Murray, the Vikings have been able to gain at least 100 rushing yards in four of the five games since Cook went down in Week 4. Of the six instances Minnesota has finished a matchup this season with at 100 rushing yards or more, they have won every time.
If the Vikings are able to find success on the ground against the Rams on Sunday, it will allow them to do even more with their offensive play-calling. Having a wide range of play-calls to choose from will also increase the difficulty level for Los Angeles’ defense to come up with stops.
Minnesota’s ability to run the ball on Sunday is a vital factor in them getting a win over the Rams. The Vikings’ must take advantage Los Angeles’ weak run-stopping ability in order to earn their eighth victory of the season.