Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals – NFL Week 14

Rams (7-5) at Cardinals (6-5)

Series

The Rams have a 42-38-2 lead in this series which has seen them win the past six games as they series started in 1937 between the Chicago Cardinals and the Cleveland Rams. The Cardinals’ last win was a 44-7 thrashing to the Rams in 2017 and then Sean McVay came in as the Rams head coach and of course has piloted them to those six straight wins. The Rams closed last season with a 31-24 win at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Vs. The Spread

The total has gone UNDER in seven of the Rams’ last eight games and they are 5-0-1 ATS in their last six games vs. Arizona. The Cardinals check in at 1-4 ATS in their last five games and the total has gone OVER in four of the last six Cardinals games. The Rams are 13-6 SU in their last 19 games vs. the NFC West.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Rams -3 (+105) -150 O 48 (-110)
Cardinals +3 (-125) +130 U 48 (-110)

Last week

Both of these teams lost a pair of 3-point decisions last week that they shouldn’t have otherwise lost. The Rams lost a 23-20 decision to 49ers as they were beaten on a walk-off field goal by Robbie Gould. The Rams turned the ball over four times and only had 308 yards of total offense.

Arizona was even more of a question on offense as they controlled the clock in New England for over 34 minutes, but couldn’t muster but 298 total yards as the Patriots picked off Kyler Murray twice.

When the Rams Have the Ball

Los Angeles Rams LogoJared Goff is prone to the interception as last week’s loss to the 49ers once again underscored. He has four touchdown passes against six interceptions in his last four games. The offensive line is still minimizing pass rushes as he has been dropped seven times in those four, and 15 in the Rams’ 12 outings.

The Arizona defense stops the pass better than the run so Malcom Brown and Darrell Henderson may have a chance to establish the line of scrimmage early in the game. They both average 4.3 yards per game and have roughly 67 percent of the Rams carries. Rookie Cam Akers is turning into a solid third down back as well.

When the Cardinals Have the Ball

Arizona Cardinals LogThe Rams bring the NFL’s sixth rated defense into Arizona where the task is going to be to stop Kyler Murray from getting outside in the running game or using his recipe of misdirection plays to try to subdue a quick and efficient Los Angeles defense. The Rams will most likely blitz Murray and try to force him into quicker throws and having to choose the likeliest hole in his rushing game. He only has 10 carries for 46 yards in the last two games which were losses to the Seahawks and Patriots. Rams defensive end Aaron Donald leads the NFL in sacks with 10.

The wide receiver matchups in this game are a huge story line as Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins only needs 33 receiving yards to break 1,000, which would be the sixth time in seven seasons. Christian Kirk is an underrated talent who would be the go-to guy on many teams. He has caught 58 balls and leads Arizona with 14.6 yards per catch. Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods are the Rams’ dynamic duo as they have 96 and 87 catches each. Rams tight ends Gerald Everette and Tyler Higbee figure prominently in McVay’s passing game as they have 37 catches apiece.

NFL Betting Predictions

Winner: Rams (-3) 31, Cardinals 26
Over-Under: Take OVER 48

The Bets
Los Angeles Rams -3
+105
OVER 48
-110
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