Rams Cardinals Betting – Rams Bury Cardinals In The Desert
Sports betting players may have to admit that the NFC West is the worst division that the NFL has seen in recent years, and possibly in its history, but someone is going to go to the playoffs for winning it, and it could very well be the St. Louis Rams, who are improved and head to Arizona on Sunday to face a Arizona Cardinals squad who don’t seem to have any fight left. Look for the young Rams to pounce early and often.
- What: NFL betting
- When: Sunday, December 5th, 4:15 PM ET
- Where: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
- Pick: St. Louis Rams -3.5
What’s On The Line
The Rams (5-6) earned their first road win on the year, but it didn’t come easy as they almost lost a 20-point lead in a 36-33 victory at the Denver Broncos, while the Cardinals (3-8) laid a complete egg in a 27-6 loss at home to San Francisco on Monday night. The Rams are atop the sad NFC West, so every win helps at this point, and while the Cardinals are only two games out of first place, Arizona hasn’t shown anything to make you think they can reach the playoffs, and even if they can, do we want to see them in the postseason?
Offensive Matchups: Rams Cardinals Betting
Sam Bradford is having an excellent rookie year, and he passed for 308 yards and three touchdowns against the Broncos. Steven Jackson didn’t even have to have a great game, putting up 72 yards on 29 carries, but Bradford had the best day of his young career to date. He is also doing it with receivers that no one knows, similar to what Philip Rivers is doing with the San Diego Chargers. Laurent Robinson has been in the league four years, and he’s the most experienced of anyone who caught a pass on Sunday. Just wait until the receivers and Bradford mature: the Rams are 26th in the league offensively, but that will get better.
They have a bigger upside than the Cardinals, whose poor offensive performance was overshadowed by Derek Anderson’s post-game meltdown. The Cardinals had just 203 yards, failed to convert nine of their 11 third-down chances, they were 0-of-3 in the red zone, and they held the ball for just over 20 minutes. They completely gave up running the ball, rushing for 13 yards on 11 carries, and even though they had to pass when they got down, it’s been a running theme in Arizona, who has also given up the second-most sacks in the NFL. Someone, please go and rescue Larry Fitzgerald from the desert.
Betting Edge: Rams
Defensive Matchups: Rams Cardinals Betting
The St. Louis defense was fine for three quarters on Sunday before giving up 20 points in the final 15 minutes, making a game out of nothing. But they made some big plays when they had to, and end Chris Long was a disruptive force throughout despite no sacks. He hit Kyle Orton on the fourth down that essentially ended the game, causing him to come up short. The Rams recovered a pair of fumbles as well, and while the defense doesn’t have the upside of the offense, they’re better right now and will be good while the offense gets older.
Arizona’s 29th-ranked defense was literally ran over by San Francisco on Monday night, giving up 261 yards on the ground, and including 136 yards to a well-over-the-hill Brian Westbrook. The Cardinals forced a turnover, but they also gave the 49ers a couple of first downs in penalties, and they gave up 26 first downs, including 18 on the ground. San Francisco has a decent running game, but there is no way they should be running for 261 yards on the road on a Monday night, and it looks like the Cardinals essentially gave up.
Betting Edge: Rams
Notable Injuries: Rams Cardinals Betting
Tight end Michael Hoomanawanui (ribs) will definitely miss this game, but the Rams are relatively healthy heading into this game.
Linebacker Reggie Walker (hamstring) and cornerback Greg Toler (foot) missed the San Francisco game, while linebacker Paris Lenon (knee) had to leave the game, although the Cardinals think he’ll be ready to go on Sunday.
Betting Edge: Rams
Outlook and Pick: Rams Cardinals Betting
The Rams are a 3.5-point NFL betting favorite in this contest, and they are 2-3 both SU and ATS in their last five trips to the desert. St. Louis is 4-1 ATS away from home, while Arizona is 1-4 ATS at home, and given the effort of both teams in recent weeks, it’s tough to bet on the Cardinals. The Rams still have something to play for, and they know that it’s very possible that they could make the playoffs by winning this terrible division, in fact, they may be the favorites. If the Cardinals put up another performance like Monday night, Ken Whisenhunt may be looking for a new job. Look for St. Louis to roll in your online betting book.
Stan’s Pick: St. Louis Rams