NFL Rookie Watch: St. Louis Rams Running Back Todd Gurley

  • NFL Rookie Watch: St. Louis Rams Running Back Todd Gurley

NFL Rookie Watch: St. Louis Rams Running Back Todd Gurley

Vikings 21, Rams 20: Minnesota is averaging 21 points over seven games, St. Louis 19.3 points. It could be argued that the Eagles have been the NFL's most disappointing side this season and, if they don't make the playoffs, Kelly will come under intense scrutiny for his rash moves in free agency. Vikings WR Stefon Diggs has been targeted an average of 10 times per game, with 419 yards and two TDs receiving in four games.

Miami have been inconsistent this season but are an improved force under interim head coach Dan Campbell. "First you learn how to compete, then you learn how to win, then you learn how to handle winning and then you learn how to be a champion".

Zimmer thinks his team is somewhere between learning how to win and handling winning. Both teams are coming off of a win.

There are no style points and no moral victories in the NFL.

However, Bridgewater has been very good late in games, completing 70 percent of his passes in the fourth quarter.

The Vikings faced more of a challenge last week, narrowly beating the Chicago Bears, 23-20. The team's other 61 plays totaled 202 yards (3.3 yards per play).

Laurinaitis was an avid Vikings fan as a kid, peaking in the 1998 season when Randy Moss was a rookie and the team went 15-1. But there figures to be nothing easy for the Vikings on Sunday.

They're similar to Denver, but each team is different. Those guys have a ton of depth up front. "I'm wishing him well but not in the week against us", Peterson said during an interview on NFL Network.

No, the true source of why St. Louis is relevant is of course their stout defense but also the emergence of rookie running back Todd Gurley. And certainly other teams, including the Rams, have taken notice. "I said I thought Todd would be a better professional player than he was in college". Gurley has a good chance to put up even bigger numbers, but we'll keep them there at this point in time.

Ogletree, on injured reserve with a designation to return, would be eligible to play in the last two games. The AFC North isn't very good at all outside of the Bengals (though St. Louis already dropped a home game to Pittsburgh) and the NFC North doesn't look too imposing either. Since the start of last season, they have 29 combined sacks, tied for second-most by an end-tackle tandem in the league.

"I take coaching well", he said with a smile, suggesting the advice likely came from above.

Seventy-yard runs? Peterson is tied for the NFL all-time lead with seven of them in his career. We know that this is a stingy defense.

The Vikings need to use the home-crowd noise to their pass rush's benefit. A win by the Vikings would give them a two-game lead plus the head-to-head tiebreaker in a wild-card chase with the Rams.

The Packers have absolutely dominated this division recently. In fact, this game combines the two situations the Rams struggle in the most: 1) playing outside of the Edward Jones Dome and 2) playing outside of the NFC West.

 

While meeting with reporters for the final team this week before Sunday's game, Zimmer mentioned the Rams have used the no-huddle approach on offense at times this season. The Vikings' defense had better be on alert, and ready to gang tackle.