The Los Angeles Rams haven’t lost back-to-back games yet this season and look to avoid that fate Sunday when they visit NFC West rival Arizona in the final meeting between the teams.
Arizona probably wasn’t going to be good enough to make the playoffs regardless in 2017, especially after losing superstar running back David Johnson to a likely season-ending wrist injury in a Week 1 loss. However, any remaining hopes the Cards had of the postseason vanished in trip to London in Week 7.
Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals
When: Sunday, 4:25 PM ET Where: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale Point Spread: Rams -7
Point Spread and Betting Analysis
In that fateful London game, the Cards were destroyed 33-0 by the Los Angeles Rams and also saw starting quarterback Carson Palmer go down with a broken arm that likely has ended his season as well. The Rams completely dominated the game with 425 yards of offence and nearly 40 minutes of possession to 196 yards for the Cardinals. Jared Goff threw for 235 yards and a score, while Todd Gurley rushed 22 times for 106 yards and a touchdown. Palmer was 10-for-18 for 122 yards and a pick before leaving. Backup Drew Stanton was just 5-for-14 for 66 yards and an interception. Arizona had 25 yards on 12 rushes as well.
This game is in the desert and the Cardinals are 6-4 SU and 6-3-1 ATS in their past 10 as a home dog. The Cards also have covered six of their last 10 at home vs. the Rams – although this Rams team is much better than any of those.
Los Angeles Rams
The Rams (8-3 SU, 7-4 ATS) lead Seattle by a game in the NFC West as they look to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2004. First-year Sean McVay has to be the NFL Coach of the Year thus far as this was a 4-12 club last year under Jeff Fisher and John Fassel. L.A. ended New Orleans’ eight-game winning streak Sunday, 26-20, in a potential playoff preview.
Goff, perhaps the favourite for NFL Most Improved Player, threw for 354 yards and two scores. Greg Zuerlein kicked four field goals – he has 129 points and is on pace to break the single-season record in scoring for a kicker and perhaps the overall NFL record of 186 points set by Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson in 2006 with the Chargers. L.A. played the Saints without leading receiver Robert Woods due to a shoulder injury and he’s not likely for this week. The Rams are guaranteed their first non-losing season since 2006.
Arizona (5-6 SU, 3-7-1 ATS) beat AFC South leader Jacksonville on Sunday, 27-24, on a career-long 57-yard field goal by 19-year veteran Phil Dawson with one second to play. It was the Cardinals’ first victory over a team with a winning record in 2017; they haven’t won consecutive games yet.
With Palmer out and Stanton dealing with a knee injury, third-string QB Blaine Gabbert got his second straight start and threw for 241 yards and two scores against the NFL’s No. 1 pass defense and the team that drafted him No. 10 overall in 2011. Expect Gabbert to keep starting as he’s young enough to still be the team’s future under center and it needs to find out. Go with Arizona here on the spread, but buy that line up to 7.5 to avoid a potential push.
Rams at Cardinals Prediction
LA Rams 31, Arizona 24