Arizona Cardinals vs Los Angeles Rams Prediction, 1/17/2022 NFL Picks, Best Bets & Odds Wild Card
Game: Arizona Cardinals vs Los Angeles Rams
Date: Monday, January 17, 2022
Location: SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Rams (-4.5)
The Los Angeles Rams (12-5) will take on the Arizona Cardinals (11-6) at SoFi Stadium on Monday. Arizona opens this game as 4.5-point dogs. The over/under is set at 50.5.
The Arizona Cardinals head into this matchup 11-6 for this season. In their last game, the Cardinals took on the Seahawks and went home with a loss by a final score of 38-30. James Conner was the best rusher for the Cardinals with 15 carries for 52 yds (3.5 yds per carry). Zach Ertz held an average of 12.0 yards per catch by totaling 84 yards on 7 receptions. Kyler Murray connected on 28/39 with 240 yards passing and 1 touchdown. He had a quarterback rate of 96.1 and finished the contest without throwing an interception. In the running game, the Cardinals conceded 202 yards on 30 attempts, which is an average of 6.7 yds per run allowed. Arizona allowed 15 pass completions on 26 attempts for a total of 229 yds, and a completion percentage of 57.7%. In all, they tallied 72 plays which gave them a total of 305 yards. The Arizona Cardinals ended up rushing 28 different times and totaled 118 yds, which had them averaging 4.2 yds per carry.
Concerning putting points on the board, the Arizona Cardinals are sitting at 26.4 points per game. As a unit they are averaging 122.1 yards on the ground ranking them 10th in the NFL. The Cardinals have earned 6,352 total yards over the course of this season. Arizona has accumulated 214 1st downs as a team, and they have committed 114 infractions for 990 yds. They have turned the ball over 15 times (11 interceptions and 4 fumbles). In terms of scoring, Arizona has earned 27 touchdowns through the air and 23 touchdowns on the ground.
The Cardinals rank 11th in the National Football League when it comes to their opponents scoring, conceding 21.5 PPG. They are giving up an average of 4.6 yards per running attempt and 114.8 rushing yards per game this season. Over the course of this year, they have conceded 1,952 running yards through 17 games. Concerning yards via the pass, the Cardinals have given up 3,645 yards which ranks them 7th in the NFL. They have allowed 214.4 yards per outing via the pass and giving up a completion percentage of 65.4%. Overall, they have surrendered 329.2 yards/game putting them 11th in the league. They have surrendered 30 touchdowns via the pass as well as 10 touchdowns running the ball.
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The Rams come into this matchup with a record of 12-5 for this season. The last time they took the field, the Rams took a loss by a final score of 27-24 when they played the 49ers. Matthew Stafford (3 TDs) walked away from the game with 238 yds on 21/32 passing while his quarterback rating was 93. He had 2 interceptions and his Y/A was 7.44 yards. Cooper Kupp was featured in the passing game for the Rams, catching 7 footballs for 118 yds (16.9 yards per catch). Sony Michel carried the football 21 times for 43 yards, finishing the contest with 2.0 yards per carry for Los Angeles. The Rams finished with 265 yds while they ran 64 plays (4.1 yds per play). Los Angeles ended up running for 2.4 yds per attempt, totaling 64 yds on 27 carries. Los Angeles relinquished 31 rushing attempts for 135 yds (4.4 yds per rush). The Rams pass defense allowed a completion percentage of 72.7%, relinquishing 314 yds on 24 for 33 through the air.
Concerning this team's ability to score points, the Rams are ranked 8th out of all teams in the league by tallying 27.1 points per game. For the year thus far, the Rams currently sit at 4,642 passing yards along with an average of 273.1 passing yards per contest, which has them ranked 5th out of all NFL teams. They have an average of 99.0 yards per game via the ground game and have run for 1,683 yards for the season. The Los Angeles Rams hold an average of 372.1 yards per outing which has them ranked 9th in the NFL. The Los Angeles offense has racked up 637 penalty yards on 76 violations, which ranks 29th in football in terms of helping out the other team. They have thrown 18 picks while letting opponents recover 5 fumbles and they have been able to obtain 233 1st downs.
The Rams are giving up 21.9 points per contest, which has them ranked 15th in football. Los Angeles has allowed a total of 1,754 yards on the ground (103.2 yards/game) as well as 18 touchdowns by way of the ground game this year. They have allowed the opposition 17 touchdowns from the passing game and 241.7 yards per outing, ranking them 22nd in the league. The Rams defense has taken part in 1,118 plays, which is 28th in the league. Over the course of the season, they have surrendered 372 total points. They have totaled 25 turnovers (6 fumbles and 19 picks) on the campaign.
Who will win tonight's Cardinals/Rams NFL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Rams -4.5
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