Nov 29, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams running back Malcom Brown is gang tackled by San Francisco 49ers defenders during the second quarter at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Rams vs Cardinals Pick, Betting Preview

The L.A Rams have historically dominated this matchup. The Rams are 5-0-1 ATS and 6-0 SU in their last six games against the Arizona Cardinals, however the Cardinals are a much more improved team than they are used to seeing.

Both these teams are coming off tough losses, in games where their offenses couldn’t get anything going. With the spread at only 3, I am going to take the Rams as I think they are the far more complete team.

Rams Cardinals Pick, Odds: Arizona +3, Total 48.5 | Matchup Report 

Why the Rams will cover the spread

After back to back convincing wins against the Seahawks and Buccaneers, the Rams came out flat last week against the 49ers losing 23-20. The Rams offense struggled, especially Jared Goff. He only had 198 yards and also threw 2 INTs. 

The Rams defense on the other hand played well, and has been one of the best defenses in the NFL. Last week they gave Nick Mullens all he could handle, picking him off once and holding him to a 78 passer rating. The Rams defense currently ranks 6th in DVOA, and are dominant against the pass. 

The Rams have the 4th best DVOA pass defense and have allowed the 2nd fewest pass yards per game. The Cardinals offense is built around DeAndre Hopkins, and Jalen Ramsey is the best in the business at shutting down a certain WR. It could be a long day for Kyler Murray and the Cardinals offense. 

Why the Cardinals will cover the spread

After a 6-3 start to the season, the Cardinals have now lost two in a row, and are on the verge of falling out of a playoff spot. Their offense has spiraled downwards, failing to score more than 21 points in back to back games. However, they still have Murray and DeAndre Hopkins. They are bound to bounce back. 

The Cardinals defense has been surprisingly good this year. They rank 11th in DVOA, and haven’t missed a beat since Chandler Jones went on IR. The Cardinals have 14 takeaways on the season, which will be crucial in this game. Goff is bound for a turnover or two every game, so the Cardinals need to capitalize on his mistakes. 

Rams Cardinals pick

I think this spread should be higher. The Rams had a bad week last week, but I still consider them one of the best teams in the league. The Ramsey vs Hopkins matchup is going to be fun to watch, but I think Ramsey has the upper hand. I’m taking the Rams -3. 

Brenden Deeg is from Ajax, Ontario and has been an NFL writer for over 5 years. Brenden has contributed to FanSided and 4th and Jawn. Brenden also played Defensive Line at York University, in Toronto Canada. Brenden is a Philadelphia Eagles fan, and active in the Philadelphia Eagles twitter community. You can follow his personal account here @ BrendenDeegNFP   He can reached at Brenden.Deeg@NationalFootballPost.com

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