Even though we are just three weeks into the 2015 NFL season, it’s clear that the Arizona Cardinals are going to give the Seahawks a run for the division and could even be good enough to be considered as darkhorses for this year’s Super Bowl. They’ve obliterated everyone in their way so far and should be able to continue that again this week as they take on a struggling St. Louis Rams squad at home. St. Louis lost last week to the Steelers at home, and have also lost to the Redskins. A lot more was expected from Jeff Fisher’s squad this season, and although it’s still early, it’s not looking good for a decently talented team from St. Louis. The task won’t get any easier this week as they travel to take on the undefeated Cardinals in front of their always raucous home crowd. Can the Rams prove they can hang in the NFC West? Read on below to find out with our official selection to kick off the late slate of Week 4 games!
Rams vs. Cardinals Betting Odds:
St. Louis Rams +7 (-115)
@ Arizona Cardinals -7 (-105)
Over 44 (-110)
Under 44 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Rams vs. Cardinals Pick:
After all of the times the San Francisco 49ers had ran roughshod over the Cardinals, last week had to be enjoyable for Bruce Arians and the rest of the Cardinals’ franchise. Arizona was excellent in Week 3 dismantling the Niners in every aspect of the game. This team is as complete a group as there is right now, and they’ll look to avoid a letdown against an equally awful Rams group in Week 4.
Carson Palmer is getting up there in age but he’s shown no evidence of slowing down. He has been excellent so far this season, as he currently holds a stellar 64% completion rate and a 4.5-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio. And though the Rams do play defense relatively well – at least better than Palmer’s earlier opponents, the Cardinals are a fine-oiled machine right now and should be able to still move the chains. One area where St. Louis has showed some weaknesses defensively is with their run-stopping ability. They’ve shown some weaknesses and the Cards can run the ball behind the talented Andre Ellington, who is scheduled to return this week. It should also be pointed out that the Rams can’t cover everyone, and the Cardinals do boast a ton of weapons for Palmer. John Brown, Larry Fitgerald, Michael Floyd are all talented receivers and at least one of them can be counted upon for a big game.
When the Cards are on defense, expect their dominance in this department to continue once again. The Rams’ offense led by Nick Foles is extremely limited and has been downright brutal in the early going. With all the talk about all of Palmer’s weapons, Foles has virtually nobody capable to throw to, and it’s definitely impacting his performances. For starters, the Rams can’t protect Foles and have some big weaknesses on the offensive line. The Cardinals rush the quarterback very well, and could be in line for 3-4 sacks on Sunday. They also can’t create holes for their running backs, so look for Foles to again need to turn to the air, where the Cardinals’ secondary will be waiting. The Rams receivers are very limited, especially with Brian Quick still out injured. And if Todd Gurley doesn’t come in and take this league by storm, a legitimate case can be made that this offense is the worst in football.
Yes Arizona has feasted on only terrible teams, but yet again they’re facing another terrible team. The Rams were supposed to be improved, but their offense is anaemic and their defense has holes to it. At home the Cardinals are nearly impossible to beat, and their defense is one of the top units in the entire NFL. This is a complete football team, and in front of their rowdy home crowd, look for another lopsided victory on Sunday.
PICK = Cardinals -7 (-105)