The lovely Southern city of St. Louis will be serve as another setting for the clash between the Rams and the Vikings at the Edward Jones Dome. St. Louis did not have a good 2014 preseason as the team only managed to pull one single victory in four presentations over the Browns, but suffered three losses to the Saints, the Packers and the Dolphins.
Despite their poor preseason run defense performance, the third worst run defense and allowed the fourth most rushing touchdowns throughout the recent past preseason according to Pro Football Focus, the Rams continue to draw the attention of many pro football experts.
In 2013 both teams finished with disappointing sub-.500 records, it is clear the Rams and the Vikings need this win, but only one team will come out on top. The game Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET, and the game will air on Fox.
Another important fact to take into account is that St. Louis will count on their stout defense and relentless pass rush, while on the other hand, Minnesota will depend on Adrian Peterson to carry the team to victory.
Here is a quick video on Peterson´s latest news: http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/11465373/sadrian-peterson-minnesota-vikings-predicts-touchdown-first-carry-season
The most recent betting odds for this Sunday’s upcoming game favorite the Rams at 60% and the spread stands at:
Minnesota Vikings +3 43o
St. Louis Rams -3 43u
On a different note, the Tennessee Titans arrive in Kansas City to face off their host the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs are coming off an 11-5 season and a 45-44 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in the wild-card round of the playoffs. The Titans finished last season at 7-9.
The following are some predictions and comments on the game from experts ESPN NFL Nation Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher and Titans reporter Paul Kuharsky:
Teicher: The Chiefs had a ragged preseason. They have a few unresolved issues and don’t look appear ready for the regular season. How about the Titans? Do they look like a team ready to start well in the regular season?
Kuharsky: I think the Titans’ offense is ready. QB Jake Locker has taken to Ken Whisenhunt’s new system and looks good in it. The Titans have invested a lot in a line that still needs to jell but should be much better and should rank as one of the league’s best. Their running back by committee should be better than Chris Johnson was as the bell cow. And the pass-game weapons — receivers Kendall Wright, Nate Washington and Justin Hunter; running backs Bishop Sankey and Dexter McCluster; and tight ends Delanie Walker and Taylor Thompson — should be quite good. Defense is another story.
What are the biggest lingering issues for the Chiefs?
Teicher: Their offensive line is probably the biggest issue. Eric Fisher, the first pick in the draft last year, is now playing left tackle but didn’t have a good preseason. Their left guard, Mike McGlynn, was signed only last week after being released by Washington. Their right guard, Zach Fulton, is a rookie sixth-round draft pick. Their right tackle, Jeff Allen, has been their left guard but had to switch positions two weeks ago to cover for the suspension of the normal starter.
How is McCluster being utilized? Do you see him being more effective for the Titans offensively than he was for the Chiefs?
Kuharsky: The Titans envision him as Whisenhunt’s new Danny Woodhead. As the Chargers’ coordinator last year, Whisenhunt did well utilizing Woodhead. Now McCluster is part of a three-man backfield committee that will replace Johnson. Shonn Greene is the lead guy for now, and a power back at his best in short yardage.
How much will the Chiefs miss Dwayne Bowe in this game?
Teicher: He’s their best receiver, so they will miss him. The Chiefs’ offense works a lot better when he’s in the lineup and playing well. But they should be able to survive for one game without him. Frankie Hammond Jr., will take Bowe’s place. Hammond, 24, is faster and has more big-play ability than Bowe.
The most recent betting odds for this second game stand at:
Tennessee Titans +3 43.5o
Kansas City Chiefs -3 45.5u
Check out this quick video on the Titans´most recent news: http://www.titansonline.com/news/article-1/Dominique-Davis-Excited-for-Opportunity-with-Titans/d7d3a330-5e32-4723-8259-62cc37443745
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