Arizona Cardinals vs Los Angeles Rams Picks, Odds, Week 17 Predictions 12/29/2019
Game: Arizona Cardinals vs Los Angeles Rams
Date: Sunday, December 29, 2019
Location: Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA
Odds/Point Spread: LA -7
Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams host the Arizona Cardinals at Memorial Coliseum on Sunday, December 29, 2019. The line on this game has Los Angeles as 7-point favorites. The O/U opens at 49. The Cardinals are 5-9-1 ATS and 8-7-0 when betting on the total. The Rams are 6-9-0 when wagering on the over/under and 8-7-0 against the spread.
In their last contest, the Arizona Cardinals took on the Seattle Seahawks and notched a win by a score of 27-13. Kenyan Drake led the team in rushing during the game. He broke a long run for 80 yards and he tallied 2 TD's during the game. He rushed for a total of 166 yards via 24 carries which had him averaging 6.9 yards per run. Larry Fitzgerald was the receiving yardage leader with a tally of 48 yards on 4 receptions. He had an average of 12.0 yards per catch during the game. Leading the way at QB for the Cardinals was Kyler Murray who went 11/18 with 118 yards passing and threw 1 touchdown. He walked away with no picks. The Arizona Cardinals rushed the ball a total of 40 times and racked up 253 yards giving them an average of 6.3 yards per rushing attempt. For the game, the Cardinals got 21 first downs and they had a total of 5 penalties for 47 yards. For the game, they finished with a total of 69 plays which added up to 412 yards. In terms of defense, Arizona gave up 16 completions on 31 throws totaling 133 yards, and a completion percentage of 52.0%. Against the run, the Cardinals gave up 91 yards on 20 attempts which is an average of 4.6 yards per rushing attempt allowed. On the day, they allowed a total of 224 yards and forced 1 takeaway. Another prediction you may want to look into is the NFL pick ATS from Tony Sink on the 49ers vs Seahawks game.
Cardinals Improve Their Record to 5-9-1 After Win
The Cardinals come into this matchup with a record of 5-9-1 in 2019. They are a team that has the capability to score points in the NFC West and I wouldn't expect it to change too much in this matchup. For total yards, they rank 13th among NFC teams and 22nd in the NFL with 5,074 yards. When it comes to scoring touchdowns, the Cardinals currently have a total of 18 passing TDs and 17 rushing touchdowns. They are in the middle of the pack in regard to scoring in the league with an average of 22 points per game, which has them at 17th in the NFL. As a unit, they are averaging 128 yards on the ground per game which is 5th among NFC teams.
The Cardinals have one of the average defenses in the league, giving up 27.4 points per contest ranking them 13th in the NFC. When it comes to passing yards, the Cardinals have allowed 4,199 yards. Opponents are completing 70.5% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 7.1 yards per attempt. They have allowed 35 passing TDs and 8 rushing touchdowns. When it comes to yards rushing, Arizona is allowing 120.6 yards per contest which has them at 4th in the NFC West and 25th in the NFL. Opposing teams are running for an average of 4.5 yards per rush which has them at 12th in the conference and 23rd in the league overall. In total, they have allowed 1,919 rushing yards through 15 games.
In their last game, the Los Angeles Rams played the San Francisco 49ers and took the defeat by a score of 34-31. Leading the way at QB for the Rams was Jared Goff who went 27/46 with 323 yards passing and tossed 2 TD's. He walked away with 1 interception on the day. Todd Gurley II paced the team in rushing for the game. His longest run of the day went for 8 yards and he notched 2 touchdowns in the game. He ran for 48 yards on 15 carries which gave him an average of 3.2 yards per tote. Robert Woods led the team in receiving yardage with a tally of 117 yards on 8 catches. He averaged 14.6 yards per reception for the game. The Los Angeles Rams ended up rushing 24 times and earned a total of 72 yards which had them averaging 3.0 yards per attempt. On the day, the Rams earned a total of 24 1st downs and they had a total of 7 penalties for 43 yards. In all, they totaled 70 plays which added up to 395 yards. When it comes to their defensive performance, Los Angeles gave up 16 catches on 27 tries for a total of 215 yards, and a completion percentage of 59.0%. For the game, they allowed a total of 334 yards and earned 2 takeaways. Against the run, the Rams gave up 119 yards on 23 attempts which gave them an average of 5.2 yards per run allowed. Tony Sink has a NFL prediction for the contest between the Jets and Bills.
Rams Now 8-7 After Loss
The Rams head into this matchup 8-7. Los Angeles is having a year to forget in the ground game by averaging 92 rushing yards per contest, ranking them 24th in the league. As a team, they have compiled a total of 1,386 rushing yards through 15 contests, so they are going to want to make some changes to the ground game if they want to make teams respect them. The Rams average 372 yards per contest overall putting them 9th in the league and 7th among NFC teams. When looking at their ability to score points, the Rams currently sit at 3rd in the division and 12th out of all the teams in the league averaging 24.2 points per game.
The Rams are giving up 22.7 points per contest ranking them 2nd in the NFC West and 17th in the NFL. When it comes to points given up, they have given up 340 points in total. In regard to yards rushing, they are conceding 116 yards per contest ranking them 22nd in the NFL and 2nd in the division. For 2019, they have given up 1,738 rushing yards and 14 rushing touchdowns. Their passing defense is one of the middle of the road groups in the league. They are allowing 220 passing yards per contest. For passing yards allowed per game, the Rams currently sit at 2nd among NFC teams. They have conceded 21 passing touchdowns this season.
Who will win tonight's Cardinals/Rams NFL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Cardinals +7
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