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Arizona Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Rams Pick & Prediction OCT 3TH 2021

Complete TV: FOX SoFi Stadium Inglewood
269Cardinals Arizona
270Rams Los Angeles
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-4.5
CU
53.5o -110
-6 +115
ML
ML: 170
ML: -200
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7 17 10 3
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Only one team can be at the top of the NFC West and it will be decided on Sunday! The Arizona Cardinals head to Los Angeles to face the 3-0 Rams, fresh off a win over Tampa Bay. The Cardinals are coming off a win of their own against the Jacksonville Jaguars. However, Arizona is dealing with some injuries on offense that could hurt them against the Rams.

The Los Angeles Rams have had quite the start to their season. The 3-0 beginning was capped off in Week 3 with a win over the former Super Bowl champions. They won’t have much time to gloat over that victory as they now face an undefeated division rival. The Rams get the benefit of being the home team here and come in as narrow favorites. 

TV: FOX

MONEY LINE: Cardinals (+190) vs. Rams (-220)

SPREAD: Cardinals +4.5 (-110) vs. Rams -4.5 (-107)

GAME TOTAL: Over 54.5 (-110) vs. Under 54.5 (-103)

Arizona Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Rams Preview

The Arizona Cardinals are one of the league’s most efficient offenses but don’t forget about the defense. They have a strong front seven led by Chandler Jones and J.J. Watt, known for terrorizing quarterbacks. Aside from being efficient on offense, the Cardinals will need more defense than ever against the Rams. 

In Week 1, Chandler Jones recorded five sacks against the Tennessee Titans. He should look to have a similar performance against the Rams offensive line. The Arizona offense averages nearly 35 points per game, so the main focus should be defense. If they can’t stop the Rams, the offensive output won’t matter.

The Rams will look to prove who’s the best in the west.

Los Angeles is a team looking to take out the entire league. They proved they weren’t a flash in the pan with their win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. For their sake, they should keep the same energy against their division rival. The goal is the same for the Rams as it is for the Cardinals, play incredible defense. 

The great news for the Rams is they have just as strong a defense as the Arizona Cardinals. They also have a much better secondary, led by Jalen Ramsey. Considering defense will be the determining factor here, the Los Angeles Rams have the edge. 

Arizona Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Rams Prediction

There isn’t a lot of points given to the Arizona Cardinals in this game, just 4.5 separates them. When looking at the Cardinals’ recent games, they covered the spread against two teams. The team they didn’t cover against was the Minnesota Vikings. Had it not been for a missed field goal, the Cardinals would be 2-1. 

The Rams on the other hand were unable to cover a -4-point spread against the Indianapolis Colts. They were on the road in that game which could explain the lack of defense, especially considering they covered in both home games. This is a tough one to call, but the best defense is going to take this game. 

Arizona Cardinals 24, Los Angeles Rams 30

Extra Points

  1. The Arizona Cardinals are 1-7-1 ATS in the last 8 versus the Rams.

  2. The Arizona Cardinals have 3 offensive linemen questionable for Sunday.

  3. The Los Angeles Rams are 4-2 ATS in their last six games.

Best Bet: Los Angeles Rams -4.5

Arizona Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Rams Recap OCT 3TH 2021

Led by Kyler Murray and an explosive offense, the Arizona Cardinals manhandled the Los Angeles Rams 37-20 on Sunday at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif.

The victory was the first win for the Cardinals over an L.A. team led by head coach Sean McVay after enduring eight straight losses, and the first victory for Arizona head coach Kliff Kingsbury over good friend McVay.

The Cardinals improved to 4-0 with the win, while the Rams dropped to 3-1 on the year.

Murray finished 24 of 32 for 268 passing yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also added 39 rushing yards. Murray's top targets were DeAndre Hopkins and A.J. Green, who both recorded 67 receiving yards.

Chase Edmonds led Arizona with 120 rushing yards on 12 carries, as the Cardinals finished with 216 yards rushing.

The Cardinals carved up L.A.'s usually stingy defense for 37 points and 465 total yards.

Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford finished 26 of 41 for 280 passing yards, with two touchdowns and an interception. Stafford's favorite target Cooper Kupp finished with just five receptions for 64 yards on 13 targets, as the two had trouble connecting.

Returning from a rib injury, Darrell Henderson Jr. led the Rams with 89 rushing yards.

The Rams got on the scoreboard first, driving 52 yards on nine plays, ending in a Matt Gay 42-yard field goal.

After forcing Arizona to punt, Stafford was intercepted by Arizona defensive back Bryon Murphy trying to hit DeSean Jackson on a deep ball. Murphy later had to leave the game with a rib injury.

The Cardinals took over on their own 13-yard line. Six plays later, Murray hit Green for a 41-yard pass for a score, giving Arizona a 7-3 lead with 5:58 left in the opening quarter.

The Rams responded with a touchdown drive of their own, marching 75 yards on nine plays capped by a Stafford 14-yard touchdown pass to Van Jefferson for a 10-7 edge.

The Cardinals retook the lead for good 14-10 on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Murray to tight end Maxx Williams with 10:44 left in the first half.

Arizona upped its lead to 21-10, capitalizing on a Sony Michel fumble by driving 21 yards on five plays, with James Conner plunging into the end zone from a yard out for the score at the 8:44 mark of the second quarter.

L.A. cut Arizona's edge to 21-13 on a Gay 22-yard field goal with a little over three minutes left in the first half. However, the Cardinals took a 24-13 lead into halftime on a Matt Prater 23-yard field goal.

Arizona cruised to a commanding, 37-13 lead in the second half on 55-yard and 23-yard field goals by Prater and another Conner 1-yard run for a score, salting away the game in the fourth quarter.

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