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NFL Expert Picks: Vikings-Rams Expected to be High-Scoring Game

The Vikings and Rams are both currently in line to make the NFC Playoffs ahead of Sunday's meeting at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Minnesota (7-7) is the No. 7 seed, while Los Angeles (10-4) is the fifth seed but is still in play for the NFC West crown.

Let's see who the experts are picking to win the game in Week 16:

Rams 28, Vikings 21 — Gregg Rosenthal,

The Vikings offense and the Vikings defense trade stretches where they play like top-five units, but it rarely happens at the same time. That's what will be required on Sunday because the Rams units appear to finally be peaking together. It's a short week for both teams, and Minnesota is unpredictable yada yada, but I'm starting to worry this Kirk Cousins slump is sticking.

Vikings 30, Rams 28 — Pete Prisco, CBS Sports

This is a bigger game for the Vikings if they are to have any chance to be a playoff team. The Rams are coming off a nice victory over Seattle that saw the defense play well. But the offense wasn't as crisp. It will be here. But Minnesota will also play well on offense. Look for a lot of points with the Vikings pulling off a home upset.

Vikings 27, Rams 24 — Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News

The Vikings are coming off playing on Monday night. The Rams played on Tuesday night. Minnesota tends to play up and down to opponents, leading to consistent close games. Matthew Stafford returns to an NFC North road spot in a different uniform and will have success throwing downfield, but he also will face plenty of pressure. Kirk Cousins can use his weapons to work around the Rams defensive strengths with the comforts of home.

View photos of Vikings players from practice on Dec. 23 at the TCO Performance Center.

Rams 31, Vikings 20 — Michael David Smith, Pro Football Talk

The Vikings secondary shut down the Bears passing game on Monday night. They won't have any such luck against the Rams passing game.

Rams 30, Vikings 23 — Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk

Minnesota won't have to worry about blowing a late lead in this one.

Rams 28, Vikings 21 — Staff, Bleacher Report

Like the Eagles, the Los Angeles Rams are running on limited rest following a COVID-19-delayed Tuesday victory. It's always a bit scary laying points with a team in a spot like that, especially on the road against a desperate and unpredictable opponent like the Minnesota Vikings.

The Rams beat the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday despite having been crushed by COVID-19. Now, they should have veteran offensive tackle Rob Havenstein and some other core players back in the flow.

Still, the Vikings could have key offensive players Alexander Mattison and Adam Thielen back in their lineup. This isn't an easy one.

Pre-game win probabilities: Vikings 46% —

3 of 8 experts pick the Vikings, CBS Sports

3 of 5 experts pick the Vikings, The MMQB

2 of 8 experts pick theVikings,The Athletic**