A huge matchup in the NFC West will take place at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, Sunday when the Los Angeles Rams visit the Arizona Cardinals in a game with massive playoff implications for both teams.
The Rams are coming off a loss to the San Francisco 49ers, while the Cardinals will try to rebound from an ugly loss to the New England Patriots.
Los Angeles Rams Betting Preview: Get the Offense Going
The Los Angeles Rams come into play with a record of 7-4, a game behind the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West. The Rams currently own the first wild card spot in the NFC playoff race.
Los Angeles is coming off a somewhat lousy loss to the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday. The Rams managed just 308 yards of total offense in the game and looked out of sync most of the day.
Los Angeles turned the ball over four times in the game, which allowed the depleted 49ers to stay in the game. The Rams had to come back from a 17-3 deficit to make it a game.
Quarterback Jared Goff completed 19 of 31 passes for 198 yards and no touchdowns. He was intercepted twice and sacked twice.
Running back Cam Akers had a solid game, rushing nine times for 84 yards and a touchdown. Los Angeles also had a defensive touchdown in the game, marking the second week in a row.
On the season, Goff has completed 67% of his passes for 3,021 yards and 16 touchdowns. He has been plagued with the interception bug, as he has thrown ten picks this season. Running back Darrell Henderson Jr. leads the team in rushing, carrying the ball 120 times for 510 yards and four touchdowns.
The receiving tandem of Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods has been good for the Rams this season. Kupp has caught 66 passes for 763 yards and two scores, and Woods has hauled in 61 passes for 679 yards and five trips to the end zone.
Arizona Cardinals Betting Preview: Get Back in the Win Column
The Arizona Cardinals come into play with a record of 6-4, two games behind the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West. The Big Red currently hold the third and final wildcard spot in the NFC playoff race.
Arizona has lost two games in a row for the first time since Weeks three and four. The latest loss was one that could have possibly been avoided. The Cardinals fell to the New England Patriots 20-17 last Sunday in a game that featured sloppy offense from both teams.
Arizona was whistled for a late hit to quarterback Cam Newton as he was trying to get out of bounds. The 15-yard penalty put the Patriots into field goal range, and they made the kick as time expired.
The Cardinals were held under 300 yards of total offense. Quarterback Kyler Murray did not factor in the Cardinals’ running game until late. Murray has been battling a shoulder injury, and while his passing has not been affected much, head coach Kliff Kingsbury clearly was protecting his quarterback by not calling many designed run plays.
Murray completed 23 of 34 passes for 170 yards. Running back Kenyan Drake was the offensive star for the Cardinals, rushing for 78 yards on 22 carries and scoring two touchdowns.
On the season, Murray has completed 68% of his passes for 2,814 yards and 19 touchdowns. He has been intercepted nine times.
Murray has also rushed for 650 yards on 97 carries and ten more scores. Drake has rushed for 719 yards and seven touchdowns. Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is having his usual Pro Bowl type season, catching 77 passes for 967 yards and four touchdowns.
Rams at Cardinals Betting Odds & Lines
BetOnline has the Rams favored by three points.
Free Betting Pick
This game will come down to whether or not Murray can get out of the pocket and run the football. With Aaron Donald chasing him down, he better be able to run.
The Rams have to be more efficient on offense. The Cardinals’ defense was very good against New England, but they will have to cut down on penalties. This should be a good game, but take the Cardinals at home.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Arizona +3