Cardinals vs. Rams Point Spread: NFL Week 17 Odds, Prediction

Payton Matthews | Updated Dec 23, 2019

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Will this be the final NFL game for Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald? If it is, the next stop is the Hall of Fame.

Arizona
5-10
AT
December 29, 2019, 4:25 PM ET
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
L.A. Rams
9-7
Pointspread +7 -110
Moneyline +247
Over / Under o +45.5

41%

Betting Action

59%

Pointspread -7 -110
Moneyline -300
Over / Under u +45.5

41%

Betting Action

59%

The Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams will look back at 2019 in very different fashion as they close the season against one another on Sunday in L.A.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Expectations determine what a successful season in the NFL is. For many teams, finishing 9-7, which the Rams can do with a win on Sunday, would be considered a success. However, Los Angeles was a pre-season favourite to win the NFC as it did last year before losing in the Super Bowl. Thus, even a 9-7 mark is a huge disappointment for Sean McVay’s team because it missed the playoffs.

On the flip side, Arizona Cardinals officials likely are quite happy with their 5-9-1 record as that’s a two-win improvement from 2018. Even more so because rookie No. 1 overall pick and quarterback Kyler Murray has shown signs of stardom, and first-year coach Kliff Kingsbury has looked more and more comfortable as an offensive play-caller as the season has gone on. This team could take a big step forward next year with the right off-season additions and if Murray keeps improving.

Arizona looks to split the season series with the Rams as L.A. rolled to a 34-7 win in the desert in Week 13. Jared Goff was brilliant in throwing for 424 yards (323 in the first half) and two scores. Los Angeles finished with 549 total yards, while Arizona had just 198, with most of those in garbage time. Murray had one of his worst games in completing 19 of 34 for 163 yards and a pick, although he did run for a score.

The Rams have covered five straight games in this series. The under is 4-1 in those.

Arizona Cardinals

Will this be the final NFL game for future Hall of Fame receiver Larry Fitzgerald? He has done everything in his career but win a Super Bowl. The 36-year-old, who has flirted with retirement the past couple of years, is No. 2 all-time in receptions (1,374) and receiving yards (17,038), both well behind Jerry Rice. Fitz has 71 catches for 759 yards and four TDs this year and the Cards would like him back, but Fitzgerald has made no decision. Arizona has won back-to-back games following a six-game skid. It pulled a big upset in Seattle in Week 16, 27-13.

Kenyan Drake, who has been spectacular as a mid-season addition, rushed for 166 yards and two scores. Fitzgerald had a 21-yard TD catch. Murray was 11-for-18 for 118 yards and a score while rushing for 40 yards before leaving in the third with a hamstring injury. Not yet clear if he will play Sunday. It will be Brett Hundley starting if not. He hasn’t started since 2017 with the Packers. The Cardinals are 10-4-1 ATS in their past 15 as underdogs.

Los Angeles Rams

How excited will the Rams be taking the field after seeing their playoff chances vanish in last Saturday’s back-and-forth 34-31 loss in San Francisco? At times this season, the Rams resembled last year’s conference champions but more often than not they didn’t. They are the fifth team in the past 10 seasons to miss the playoffs the season after reaching the Super Bowl. Goff has had a very up-and-down year and threw for 323 yards with two touchdowns and a pick vs. the Niners.

Todd Gurley rushed for two scores but not much yardage. The running game has been a major problem all season in large part because the offensive line has hugely regressed in part due to injuries. Top cornerback Jalen Ramsey, the big mid-season trade acquisition, injured his knee vs. the Niners and might sit this one out. The Rams are 6-2 ATS in their past eight as home favourites.

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