Oct 3, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams tight end Tyler Higbee (89) is tackled by Arizona Cardinals defensive end Michael Dogbe (91) and cornerback Byron Murphy (7) in the second half at SoFi Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Rams 37-20. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinals Rams Prediction, LA Cruises to Win

Two terrific teams with QBs coming off spotty recent performances clash in the Monday Night Wild Card matchup as the Arizona Cardinals visit the LA Rams. Both teams try to shake off 0-4 ATS runs in playoff games.

In Arizona’s losses, Kyler Murray has been shitty (just 3 TDs in those five games). In LA’s recent stretch of seven games, Matthew Stafford has multiple turnovers four times. On the injury front, LA gets RB Cam Akers back, while James Conner and Chase Edmonds are expected back for the Cardinals.

The road team has won both divisional meetings this year, and catching four points is tempting on Arizona as many experts believe the Rams boast the superior lineup and obviously get the home crowd.

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Why the Cardinals can cover the spread

Getting healthier nudges this team back towards legit-contender status it enjoyed during much of the season. JJ Watt is also scheduled to come off injured reserve, watch for his status.

Kyler Murray’s escapability skills is crucial here with the LA Rams pass rush.

Arizona has won eight of its last nine road games (including an upset of the Cowboys) and has been profitable as an underdog, covering six straight and rolling up a 9-3 ATS mark over 12 games when catching points. And the Rams have struggled as favorites, failing seven of 10 recent games as chalk.

Why the Rams can cover the spread

The Rams get Cam Akers back and should be able to pound the rock with Akers and Sony Michel. That would prevent Stafford from throwing more stupid INTs.

LA has owned their NFC West rivals over many years, extending a 10-2 SU, 9-2-1 ATS streak over a dozen contests. Their foes have also shit the bed on Mondays over the years as the Cardinals limp to a 3-12-1 ATS.

The story will be the LA defense – big names will make big plays and block the Cardinals at every turn. On offense, just keep the ball on the ground….

Cardinals Rams Prediction

The Rams own the deeper and more experienced roster and Murray has thrown multiple TD passes just twice in the past 11 weeks. He may need to do more, but the Rams pass rush won’t let him. We like the Rams here.

LA Rams -4

Rams Cardinals Prop Picks

Van Jefferson +220 (FanDuel)

The Cardinals have allowed the most touchdowns to opposing wide receivers.

Zach Ertz +225 (DraftKings)

He leads the team in red zone targets since Week 14.

Antoine Wesley +400 (DraftKings)

He has three touchdowns in his last four games.

LA Rams Arizona Betting Trends

Cardinals failed to cover 4 straight playoff games

Rams failed to cover 4 straight playoff games

Rams are 9-2-1 ATS, 10-2 SU in their last 12 games against Arizona

Cardinals are 8-1 SU and ATS in their last 9 road games

Cardinals are 3-12-1 ATS in their last 16 games played on a Monday

Cardinals have covered 6 straight and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games as the underdog.

Rams just 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games as the favorite.

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