Los Angeles Rams (8-5) at Dallas Cowboys (6-7)
Time: 3:25 p.m. CT, Sunday
Line: Rams by 1.5 points
Playoff Positioning: Los Angeles – 7th, Dallas – 4th
While the Vikings sit in the final spot of the NFC playoff race, the Los Angeles Rams are making a hard charge right behind them. Sitting just a game back of Minnesota, the Rams looked to be dead after getting destroyed by Lamar Jackson on “Monday Night Football”. Since then, L.A. has seemed to figure things out by relying more on the running game and getting receiver Robert Woods involved.
After being absent throughout most of the first half of the season, Jared Goff has begun to look the veteran’s way more. That has not only resulted in a pair of much-needed wins for the Rams, but also 33 receptions, 462 yards, and a touchdown in the past four games for Woods.
While the Rams have been rolling, the Cowboys have been a wreck in what is the dumpster fire known as the NFC East. While Dallas sits in position for a home playoff game (let that sink in for a minute), they’ve gone 3-7 in their past 10 games and with each week, it makes the Vikings’ victory at Jerry World look less impressive.
For the Vikings, they’re more concerned with what the Rams do. If Dallas can right their sinking ship, they could put L.A. on the brink of elimination heading into the final two weeks of the season. If their woes continue, Minnesota’s matchup with the Packers next week could go from NFC North title game to must win.