Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams Week 17 Pick – NFL January 3

Arizona Cardinals (8-7) at Los Angeles Rams (9-6)


Los Angeles has won seven in a row and eight out of their last 10 in the series as the Rams also have a 44-38-2 margin all-time. LA is 4-3 since the bye week and has lost two in a row while the Cardinals are 3-5 since their bye week.

Vs. The Spread:

Arizona checks in at 2-6 ATS In their last eight games and the Cardinals are 0-6-1 ATS in their last seven games against the Rams. The total has gone UNDER in 10 of the last 12 Rams games. The Rams are 4-10 SU in their last 14 games at home vs. Arizona. The total has gone UNDER in all seven Rams home games so far this season.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Arizona Cardinals -3 (-110) -160 O 40½ (-110)
Los Angeles Rams +3 (-110) +140 U 40½ (-110)

Last Week:

The Cardinals weren’t close to ready to play in their 20-12 loss to the 49ers as they had a total lack of continuity and rhythm on offense while producing only one touchdown drive all afternoon. Quarterback Kyler Murray accounted for 322 of the Cards’ 350 total yards.

Los Angeles couldn’t get into the end zone against the improving Seattle defense as they Seahawks kept the Rams out of the end zone in beating LA, 20-9. Jared Goff, Cooper Kupp, and Darrell Henderson are all out this week with injuries as the physicality and aggression of the Seahawks’ defense took it’s toll on the Rams offense.

When the Cardinals Have the Ball:

Arizona Cardinals LogKyler Murray is probable after a leg injury last week and that is perfect for an Arizona Cardinals offense that struggled last week in the loss to the 49ers. Kenyan Drake must show up in a big way after he only had 45 yards on 18 carries against the Niners. Drake looks for his third game in a row vs. the Rams and sixth in a row with a rushing touchdown.

DeAndre Hopkins has been potentially the premiere wide receiver in the NFL all season with 111 catches for 1,372 yards.

The Rams defense is going to have to keep Murray under wraps and potentially turn Arizona over to give short fields to the injured offense. If Murray is healthy, it’s likely top sack artists Aaron Donald and Leonard Floyd are going to be able to make too much of a difference with the rush. Corners Troy Hill and Jalen Ramsey are going to have to make decisions on how to handle Murray in the rushing game. Rookie safety Jordan Fuller has had three games in a row with at least six tackles.

When the Rams Have the Ball:

Los Angeles Rams LogoJohn Wolford is all set for his first NFL start at quarterback for the Rams as Jared Goff had thumb surgery this week. The pressure now is on Cam Akers and Malcolm Brown to step up in the running game with Henderson out and Wolford needing to settle and get comfortable as the starter. Akers 171 yards on 29 carries against the Patriots in Week 14.

Robert Woods caught 10 passes for 85 yards in that win in Week 13 meeting. He has three touchdowns in his last four games against the Cardinals.

The Cardinals gave up 398 yards and 227 on the ground last week as five of the last six opponents have broken 100 yards rushing. Hasaan Reddick continues to wreak havoc as he is one of two players – Cleveland’s Myles Garrett the other – to record a sack and a forced fumble in three consecutive games. Safety Budda Baker is looking for his fourth game in a row against the Rams where he records 12 or more tackles and a tackle for loss.

NFL Betting Picks

Winner: Cardinals (-3) 20, Rams 16
Over-Under: Take UNDER 40½

The Bets
Cardinals -3
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