3 reasons the Vikings will beat the Rams in Week 16

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Teams can chip away at the Rams

The Minnesota Vikings love to run the football, even if it’s not the most effective strategy against their opponents. They feel they need to establish things on the ground to open things up in the passing game.

Thankfully, there is some hope on the ground against the Rams. L.A. has allowed 16 rushing touchdowns on the season (6th most) but only allows 3.9 yards per carry (4th least). That means Minnesota will have to be persistent and keep running the ball throughout the game to get results.

They can use that success on the ground from Alexander Mattison and Kene Nwangwu to open up a quick and efficient passing attack. They should be able to attack that part of the field since they have Justin Jefferson available and Adam Thielen could be making his return on Sunday.

Don’t expect many big runs or massive plays from Minnesota against the Rams. They have only allowed three runs of over 20 yards and 41 passes of 20 yards or more. But if this Vikings team can fight well in the trenches to protect Kirk Cousins and open holes in the run game, a patient offense can beat them.