The Los Angeles Rams (-4) are flying east to visit the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Interested parties are able to catch the action live on FOX and this NFC West game gets going at 4:05 p.m. ET.
Week 13 Betting Preview: Los Angeles Rams vs. Arizona Cardinals
Arizona is the home underdog in this NFC game and is currently being given 4 points. The Rams are also receiving -170 moneyline odds while the Cardinals are +150. Oddsmakers have placed the over/under (O/U) at 47 points, and if one team can create a bunch of points early on, it’ll likely generate a worthy betting opportunity in-game.
The line opened at 3.5. The game’s over/under has yet to move after it was set initially at 47.
The Rams are down 2.2 units so far and 7-3 against the spread (ATS). They’ve been a good under bet and have posted an O/U record of 3-7.
The Cardinals are down 3.3 units for moneyline bettors this season. They’re 7-3-1 ATS and own an O/U record of 7-4.
The Rams have gone 6-5 straight up (SU), including 0-2 SU against NFC West opponents. The Cardinals are 3-7-1 SU overall and 0-3 SU versus divisional foes.
The Rams are trying to bounce back after a 45-6 defeat to Baltimore last week where Jared Goff completed 26 passes on 37 attempts for 212 yards and two interceptions. The Rams rushed for just 22 yards as a team in the defeat.
A couple of weeks ago in Week 11, San Francisco knocked off this Arizona team by a score of 36-26. The Cards defensive secondary allowed the 49ers to air it out for 424 yards and four touchdowns. Deebo Samuel had a good showing in the win for San Francisco, posting 134 yards and a score on eight catches. For Arizona, Kyler Murray completed 24-of-33 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns. Kenyan Drake (67 yards on 16 rush attempts) and the signal-caller Murray (67 yards on eight carries, one TD) handled the running attack as Christian Kirk (six receptions, 41 yards) led the pass-catching corps in the loss.
Each squad sports a similar (61-39 pass-to-run ratio on the season. The Rams have rushed for 90.7 yards/game (including 95.5 per game against West opponents) and have 13 scores on the ground this year. The Cards are logging 117.7 rushing yards per game (134.3 in conference) and have 10 total rush TDs.
It appears that the Rams should own the edge when it comes to quarterback protection, as their offensive line has allowed only 33 sacks while the D-line registered 41 sacks. The Cardinals offensive line has allowed 52 sacks and their defense has sacked opposing QBs just 49 times.
The Rams offensive scheme has averaged 274.4 yards through the air overall (236.5 per game versus conference opposition) and has 11 passing TDs so far. The Cards have recorded 248.1 pass yards per game (211 in the NFC) and have 14 total pass scores.
Defensively, Los Angeles should have the upper hand in both facets. The team has allowed opponents to run for an average of 106.9 yards and pass for 248.6 yards per game. The Arizona D has allowed 315.5 yards per game to opposing passers and 117.6 yards per game to opposing runners. The Rams are giving up an adjusted net yards per pass attempt (ANY/A) of just 6.02 to opponents, while the Cards have allowed an 8.02 ANY/A.
Offensively, Goff has amassed 2,822 passing yards on the year, and has connected on 61 percent of his 392 attempts with 11 passing scores and 11 interceptions. Goff has a 5.90 adjusted net yards per pass attempt overall, although that number is 4.16 over the past two outings.
Todd Gurley II (450 rushing yards, six rush TDs, 78 receiving yards, one receiving touchdown on the year), Robert Woods (663 receiving yards) and Cooper Kupp (827 receiving yards, five TDs) have each played big roles lately.
For the home team, Kyler Murray has managed to complete 227-of-349 passes for 2,379 yards, 11 TDs and four INTs. Murray’s ANY/A stands at 5.73 for the season and 6.05 across his last two games.
As a trio, Christian Kirk, Kenyan Drake and Larry Fitzgerald have collectively accounted for 409 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns the last two games.
Los Angeles Rams vs. Arizona Cardinals Free NFL Tip
SU Winner: Rams, ATS Winner: Rams, O/U: Over
Team Betting Trends
- The Rams offense has produced four pass plays of 40 or more yards, while the Cardinals have put up nine such plays.
- The Los Angeles defense has allowed four pass plays of 40 yards or more, while Arizona has given up six such plays.
- The Los Angeles offense has created seven rushing plays of 20 or more yards, while Arizona has created 11 such runs.
- The Rams defense has allowed four rushing plays of 20 or more yards, while the Cardinals have given up six such runs.
- The Los Angeles defensive unit has sacked opposing QBs 32 times this season. Arizona has registered 29 sacks.
- Los Angeles, as a team, has averaged 3.3 yards per rush attempt over its last three games and 3.1 over its last two.
- Arizona has averaged 5.5 yards per carry over its last three contests and 4.9 over its last two.
- In its last three matchups, Arizona is 2-0-1 ATS and the over cashed in each of those three.
- The Over/Under for Los Angeles’ last game was set at 40. The over cashed in the team’s 45-6 defeat to Baltimore.
- Over its last three contests, Los Angeles is 2-1 ATS and the under cashed in each of those three.
- The O/U for Arizona’s last matchup was 44. The over cashed in the team’s 36-26 defeat to San Francisco.