As expected, the Sunday slate of games didn’t provide much excitement in the early window. Multiple blowouts and sloppy football in general.
The Buffalo Bills and Tampa Bay Buccaneers ended up being an entertaining 4th quarter, while at the same time the Sam Francisco 49ers and Cincinnati Bengals went down to the wire in overtime as well.
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— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) December 13, 2021
The Week 14 finale on Monday Night Football should be a good one, though. The Los Angeles Rams and Arizona Cardinals headline Monday night in a big matchup in the NFC West.
This score could decide the NFC West title, with the Rams required to come from behind at 8-4 to upend the 10-2 Cardinals. We’re in the final stretch of the regular season. If the Rams are going to do it, they are going to have to win at State Farm Stadium in Glendale.
Matthew Stafford was brought to Los Angeles to win these types of games. He failed to win in the big spot as a Detroit Lions. The Lions were often there, but couldn’t get over the hump in the Stafford era.
Arizona has Kyler Murray after he made his return last week in a big showing against the Bears. Murray ran over the Bears for 59 yards and 2 touchdowns, while throwing for 2 touchdowns and 123 passing yards.
Head below for our free Rams vs. Cardinals prop bets for December 13, 2021.
Cooper Kupp Total Receptions
I know where I’d be looking if I needed a big reception in this one. It doesn’t matter the situation, though, Matthew Stafford is going to have his eyes on Cooper Kupp.
Kupp goes into Monday night with 1,336 yards and 11 touchdowns on 100 receptions. He leads the NFL in all three categories.
Jaylen Waddle, Tyreek Hill, and Keenan Allen all have 86 receptions, and then Kupp is well ahead in the triple digits.
He’s coming off a big performance against the Jaguars with 129 yards and a touchdown on 8 receptions. It’s his fifth 100-yard game in seven weeks.
Kupp typically doesn’t have much trouble reaching at least 8 receptions. He has recorded a minimum of 8 receptions in five of his previous seven outings, with an average of 9 receptions per game during that seven-game stretch.
Kupp in a game where the Rams are going to need big plays, expect him to come through for the Rams. I like him to record at least 8 receptions on Monday night.
Kyler Murray Total Passing Yards
Kyler Murray beat the Bears 33-22 last week passing for just 123 yards. He had 15 passing attempts and 10 rushing attempts in the win. James Connor had a productive game on the ground with 75 yards on 20 carries.
Murray doesn’t have to pass for a pile of yards for the Cardinals to score a pile of points. He can pick his way through a defense with his arm and legs. Through nine games this season, Murray has passed for 2,399 yards, 19 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions.
In his last five outings, Murray has passed for an average of 226.4 passing yards per game. The Rams’ defense has been adequate against the pass with an average of 238.3 yards allowed per game. Three of the last four quarterbacks passed for less than 200 yards against the Rams.
The only one to go for more than that in their last four outings was Aaron Rodgers at Lambeau Field. Murray will have a solid game, but the Rams should be able to contain him for less than 265.5 passing yards.
Kyler Murray Total Rushing Yards
Kyler Murray looked fresh and ready to run last week against the Bears. He hadn’t played since October 28 and was interested in running.
Murray had 10 attempts for 59 yards and 2 touchdowns. He gained 5.9 yards per carry on the ground. It’s the most attempts we’ve seen from Murray on the ground.
I suspect that he isn’t going to be shy about taking off and running against the Rams tonight either. This is a case of the total being a touch too low on this prop.
Murray is going into Monday night with 206 yards and 5 touchdowns with his legs in nine games. Back in the lineup and feeling healthy, look for Murray to take off and not protect his body so much in a game of this importance.
I am going to back Murray to rush for at least 27 yards versus the Rams on Monday night. He and James Connor should keep the Cardinals’ defense guessing.