Rams vs Cardinals

The Los Angeles Rams (-13.5) and Arizona Cardinals will go head-to-head on the dome of University of Phoenix Stadium. This NFC West game starts at 4:05 p.m. ET and spectators can watch the action live on FOX.

In this Sunday NFC game, Los Angeles is projected as the heavy favorite and is currently giving up 13.5 points. The Rams are also receiving -875 moneyline odds while the Cardinals are +525. Oddsmakers have placed the over/under (O/U) at 47.5 points, and if one squad catches a lucky break early, it will likely produce a reasonable in-game betting opportunity.

This game’s opening line was 14. The total hasn’t changed since being set initially at 47.5.

The Rams have lost 0.7 units so far in 2018 and are 5-7-2 against the spread (ATS). The team’s posted an Over-Under record of 6-7-1.

The Cardinals have lost 3.3 units this season. The team is 6-8 ATS and has an O/U record of 6-8.

The Rams have gone 11-3 straight up (SU), including 4-0 SU against NFC West opponents. The Cardinals are 3-11 SU overall and 2-2 SU against divisional foes.

Both teams enter this matchup on two-game losing streaks. The Rams will look to bounce back after a 30-23 defeat to Philadelphia in Week 15. Jared Goff completed 35 passes for 339 yards and two interceptions. Todd Gurley II (48 rushing yards on 12 attempts, two TDs) led the running attack. Gurley II (10 receptions, 76 yards) and Robert Woods (seven catches, 74 yards) handled the receiving duties in the defeat.

In Week 15, Atlanta knocked off this Arizona team by a score of 40-14. The Cards defensive unit let the Falcons rush for 215 yards on 27 attempts, including two rush TDs. Tevin Coleman had a productive showing, posting 145 rushing yards and a score on 11 attempts for Atlanta. As a group, the Cards collectively completed 23-of-36 passes for 243 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Josh Rosen went 13-for-22 for 132 yards and two interceptions while Mike Glennon was 10-of-14 for 111 yards and one touchdown. David Johnson (33 yards on 11 rush attempts, one TD) handled the running game while Larry Fitzgerald (seven receptions, 82 yards) and T.J. Logan (four catches, 18 yards) led the receiving corps in the loss.

When looking at offensive play-calling, each team sports a strikingly similar (42-58) run-pass ratio on the season. Having said that, the Rams have rushed for 129 yards per game (including 135 per game versus West opponents) and have 19 scores on the ground this year. The Cards haven’t been as successful, as they’re logging 82 rushing yards per game (73 in conference) and have nine total rush TDs.

If the results so far this season can translate to this game, then the Rams ought to have the more disruptive lines up front. Their offensive line has allowed just 28 sacks while the D-line logged 48 sacks. The Cardinals, on the other hand, have allowed 52 sacks and their defense has sacked opposing QBs just 37 times.

The Rams offense has averaged 307 yards through the air overall (299 per game versus conference opposition) and has 27 passing scores so far. The Cards have put up 182 pass yards per game (173.0 against NFC foes) and have 13 total pass TDs.

On the defensive side of the ball, Los Angeles has allowed 123 rush yards and 260 pass yards per game. The Arizona D has given up 230.5 yards per game to opposing passers and 144.9 yards per game on the ground. Both teams allow similar adjusted net yards per pass attempt (ANY/A) to the opposition, as the Rams have given up an ANY/A of 6.41 to opposing QBs, while the Cards are yielding an ANY/A of 6.12.

Goff is already up to 4,093 passing yards on the year, and has connected on 310-of-468 attempts with 27 passing touchdowns and nine interceptions. Goff has an 8.20 adjusted net yards per pass attempt overall, although that number sits at 2.12 over the last two games.

Todd Gurley II (1,223 rushing yards, 17 rush TDs, 550 receiving yards, four receiving touchdowns this season), Robert Woods (1,045 receiving yards, five receiving TDs) and Josh Reynolds (267 receiving yards, three TDs) have each played significant roles lately.

Josh Rosen has managed to complete 161-of-295 passes for 1,802 yards, 10 TDs and 13 INTs for Arizona. His ANY/A stands at a very poor 3.60 for the year and 2.40 over his last two outings.

David Johnson (794 rushing yards, seven rush TDs, 396 receiving yards, two receiving touchdowns this season), Larry Fitzgerald (590 receiving yards, five receiving TDs) and Trent Sherfield (48 receiving yards, one receiving TD) have combined to account for 391 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns over the past couple of games.

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