Rams vs. Cardinals Pick – NFL Week 13

What a disappointing season it has been for the Los Angeles Rams. Nearly a year removed from battling with the Patriots in the Super Bowl, and this team has completely lost its way. The shine is firmly off formerly talented head coach, Sean McVay – and now the Rams enter Week 13 battling for their playoff lives at 6-5.

It won’t be easy either, as they take to the road to battle an improving and hungry Arizona Cardinals team that seems to be finally meshing. Coming off their bye week, they will certainly be eager to pile onto the misery the Rams are currently enduring, and deliver them yet another blow to their post-season credentials. Kyler Murray is in the midst of an impressive rookie season, and should be able to give any defense fits with his dual-threat ability.

This has the makings of a very intriguing matchup during the second wave of NFL action here in Week 13. Expect the Cardinals to be fully motivated despite their 3-7-1 record, and it remains to be seen how the Rams will respond on a short week following their destruction by the Ravens. Can McVay’s Rams bounce back? Read on below for a detailed game analysis and a betting selection for Los Angeles vs. Arizona in National Football League action! Enjoy, folks.

Rams vs. Cardinals Betting Odds:

Los Angeles Rams -3 (-110)
@ Arizona Cardinals +3 (-110)

Over 47.5 (-110)
Under 47.5 (-110)

Rams vs. Cardinals Pick:

The Rams looked brutal on Monday night against Baltimore. They literally could not do anything right, on either side of the football. It was as ugly of a performance as I’ve seen in some time in the NFL, and at the moment it really does seem crazy that this team is a few months removed from the Super Bowl.

Though the Cardinals are a step down from Baltimore, the issues themselves lie within the Rams’ squad at the moment, and I can’t see them rectifying everything on a short week. Jared Goff is rattled, and his offensive line is absolutely porous. He has no time and space back there, and one thing Arizona can really do well, is apply lots of pressure for opposing QB’s. Expect Chandler Jones and Terrell Suggs to dominate on the edges, and Goff will struggle as a result.

Another disappointment this season has been the play of running back Todd Gurley. He has not stepped up when the team has needed him to, and with his offensive line not creating anything – Gurley isn’t good enough right now to carry this offense and keep the chains moving. It truly is a dire scenario for the Rams’ attack right now, and expect Arizona to have all the answers on Sunday.

Arizona has made some big adjustments to their own pass protection schemes, and it seems to have worked out in recent weeks. Kyler Murray has had way more time and space to operate, and with the Cardinals very likely double-teaming Aaron Donald, there isn’t anybody else on the Rams that can really hurt them. The Ravens employed this strategy last week with great success, and expect Arizona to follow suit.

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Lamar Jackson ran all over the Rams’ stop unit last week on Monday Night Football, and there’s zero reason why the equally talented Murray cannot do the same. The Rams have struggled against running quarterbacks this season, and expect them to really have trouble dealing with Murray’s dual-threat attack. Downfield, Christian Kirk has been huge to get back for the Arizona offense as the speedy receiver will help to spread the field, and should be a handful for anybody in the Rams’ secondary to contend with. He’s someone L.A. will need to respect and keep an eye on, and this should open things in tight for Murray and his talented array of running backs.

The wrong team is favoured in this contest, and truthfully, the betting market just hasn’t come to the realization that this isn’t last year’s Rams. Their offense is terrible, and due to poor protection – they can’t pass or run. Arizona has become increasingly competitive this season, and this is a big spot for their young club. Expect another breakout game for rookie Kyler Murray, en route to another impressive victory for his Cardinals squad.

My Pick
Cards +3
Will S. / author

Will has been working with The Sports Geek since its early days back in 2010. He began as a soccer specialist, focusing on detailed reports for major international competitions, including the World Cup and European Championships. Since then, he has produced weekly pick articles on both the NFL and English Premier League, while also contributing blog posts on the NHL, MLB, and even WWE wrestling. Will is also an avid sports bettor and daily fantasy player, always eager to share his thoughts and insight on anything going on in the world of sports.