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Arizona Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Rams Pick & Prediction JAN 17TH 2022

NFL | FOOTBALL
TV: ESPN | ESPN+ | ABC | ESPN2
Logo Arizona Cardinals
VS
Logo Los Angeles Rams
50.5
OPENNER
-4

50.5o -105
CURRENT
-9.5 +245

+148
MONEYLINE
-168

11
SCORE
34

Perhaps one of the most entertaining games of the weekend happens on Monday night. The electric Arizona Cardinals head to Los Angeles to face the Rams. Arizona started the season red-hot but quickly cooled towards the end. Although they ended the year with a strong 11-6 record, they lost four of their last five games. This includes a 30-23 loss to the LA Rams.

The Los Angeles Rams got close to grabbing the No.1 seed in the NFC but narrowly missed. However, it must be said that they put on quite the show during the regular season. Through their last six games, they went 5-1, a remarkable finish. Now, we get to see how they’ll perform in the playoffs with a seasoned QB. Can Matthew Stafford take them to the divisional round?

Cardinals vs. Rams Betting Odds

TV: ESPN

MONEY LINE: Cardinals (+165) vs. Rams (-190)

SPREAD: Cardinals +4 (-110) vs. Rams -4 (-110)

GAME TOTAL: Over 49.5 (-107) vs. Under 49.5 (-113)

Cardinals at Rams Preview for Wild Card Round

The Arizona Cardinals were really inconsistent to close the NFL season. Part of this had to do with injuries to DeAndre Hopkins, who is now on the IR. However, they still have a few good wide receivers in A.J. Green and Christian Kirk. Unfortunately for them, they’re going against one of the best secondary units in the NFL. A defense highlighted by a great CB, Jalen Ramsey.

For the Cardinals to overcome this defense, it’ll take a bit of trickery. Kyler Murray is going to have to escape the pocket often to avoid being taken out by Aaron Donald. They could try to soften the Rams with the run, but with two running backs questionable, it might not be an option. This is a tough spot for the Cardinals to be in, especially since the Rams’ offense is just as good.

Some teams just have the whole package, and the Rams are one of them. The Rams offense ranks No.13 in the NFL, averaging 24.21 points per game. They’re fifth in average passing yards per game at 273.06, but there is a hole in their offense. Their rushing game could use some work as they only average 99.0 yards per game. We think there might be a reason for this.

The Rams don’t have an established running back, similar to the Cardinals. Right now, they’re using Sony Michel but rely more on their passing game. It hasn’t been a problem yet, but it could be if Arizona finds a way to shut down their passing game. From there, we’ll have to see how the Rams adapt and move the ball downfield. We doubt that’ll be a problem for Los Angeles.

Cardinals at Rams Picks

Cardinals 24 - Rams 27

The Arizona Cardinals were pretty great against the spread during the regular season. They accumulated a 10-7 ATS record and were 8-1 ATS on the road. The Rams, on the other hand, weren’t quite as good at covering spreads this year.

The key here is that the Rams only need to cover four points. It’s a small margin, but significant enough. The reason we say this is because we believe a field goal will win this game. That being said, we’ll take the Cardinals +4, but the Rams will win the game.

EXTRA POINTS

1. The total has gone OVER in 4 of the LA Rams' last five games against Arizona.

2. In their last ten meetings, the Rams are 9-1 against the Cardinals.

3. J.J. Watt (questionable) could return against the Rams on Monday.

Best Bet: Arizona Cardinals +4

PREDICTION
Arizona Cardinals
18
27
Los Angeles Rams

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.

--Field Level Media

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