Arizona Cardinals vs Los Angeles Rams Prediction, 1/3/2021 NFL Pick, Tips and Odds, Week 17
Game: Arizona Cardinals vs Los Angeles Rams
Date: Sunday, January 3, 2021
Location: SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles -5
SoFi Stadium is the site where Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams (9-6) will play the Arizona Cardinals (8-7) on Sunday. Los Angeles opens this game as 5-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 42.5.
The Arizona Cardinals head into this matchup 8-7 for this season. In their last contest they went up against the San Francisco 49ers and were beaten 20-12. Kyler Murray went 31/50 with 247 yards through the air but wasn't able to get any balls in the endzone via the pass. He threw 1 interception on the day. Kyler Murray paced the team on the ground for the game. He tore off a long run of 30 yards but he wasn't able to rush for a TD on the day. He ran for a total of 75 yards on 8 carries which had him averaging 9.4 yards per carry. Christian Kirk was the leader in receiving yardage by earning 76 yards on 7 catches. He averaged 10.9 yards per catch for the game. The Arizona Cardinals ran the ball a total of 27 times and generated 120 yards which had them averaging 4.4 yards per run. In all, they ran 80 plays for 350 yards. Overall, the Cardinals got 20 1st downs and they totaled 4 penalties for 20 yards. When it comes to their defensive performance, Arizona allowed 13 catches on 22 throws totaling 171 yards, and a completion percentage of 59.0%. Against the run, the Cardinals allowed 227 yards on 30 tries which is an average of 7.6 yards per rushing attempt allowed. In the game, they conceded a total of 398 yards and forced 1 takeaway.
In terms of putting points on the board, the Arizona Cardinals are sitting at 26.9 PPG. As a team they maintain an average of 145.9 yards in the run game which is 3rd in the National Football League. The Cardinals have earned 5,939 total yards for this campaign. In terms of notching touchdowns, Arizona has compiled 26 passing touchdowns and 22 rushing touchdowns. Concerning passing yardage, the Cardinals have surrendered 3,400 yards which has them sitting in 10th in the NFL. In total, they are granting 353.2 yards/outing ranking them 14th in the National Football League. The Cardinals are ranked 15th in the NFL concerning team defense, conceding 23.3 points per contest. Opposing teams are running for an average of 4.7 yards per attempt on the ground and 126.5 yards on the ground per game over the course of this year. In their 15 games played this season, they have conceded 226.7 yards per contest through the air as well as giving up a completion percentage of 64.5%. Over the course of this year, they have allowed 1,898 rushing yards through 15 contests.
The Rams come into this matchup with a record of 9-6 for this year. In their last game they played the Seattle Seahawks and ended up taking the loss by a score of 20-9. Darrell Henderson Jr. paced the team on the ground for the game. He tore off a long run of 23 yards but wasn't able to convert a rushing touchdown. He scurried for 62 yards by way of 12 carries which meant he averaged 5.2 yards per run. Cooper Kupp was the receiving yardage leader by earning 66 yards on 8 catches. He averaged 8.3 yards per reception for the game. Jared Goff went 24/43 with 234 yards through the air but wasn't able to throw a ball for a TD. He threw 1 pick in the game. The Los Angeles Rams ended up running the ball 29 times and racked up a total of 118 yards which had them averaging 4.1 yards per rushing attempt. On the day, the Rams earned 20 1st downs and they had 5 penalties for 45 yards. Overall, they totaled 75 plays for 334 yards. When it comes to their defensive performance, Los Angeles allowed 20 catches on 32 tries for a total of 197 yards, and a completion percentage of 63.0%. For this contest, they conceded 292 yards but didn't get any takeaways. In the running game, the Rams allowed 95 yards on 24 carries which gave them an average of 4.0 yards per rushing attempt allowed.
Over the course of the season thus far, the Rams have thrown for a total of 3,791 yards via the pass as well as an average of 252.7 passing yards per game, which ranks 12th in football. The Los Angeles Rams have an average of 379.9 yards per outing which is good for 7th in the NFL. They maintain an average of 127.2 rushing yards per game and have run for 1,908 yards for this season. When it comes to this team's ability to score points, the Rams are sitting 19th in the league averaging 23.6 points per contest. When talking about passing yardage, the Rams have surrendered 2,885 yards which puts them in 1st in football. During this campaign, they are allowing 286.5 yards per outing which puts them 1st in the National Football League. The Rams rank 3rd in the league when it comes to the opposition scoring, allowing 19.3 points per game. They are allowing 3.8 yards per run and 94.1 yards on the ground per game for the season. During their 15 games played, they have surrendered 192.3 yards per outing via the pass in addition to conceding a completion percentage of 63.0%. Overall, they have allowed 1,412 rushing yards through 15 games.
Who will win tonight's Cardinals/Rams NFL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Rams -5
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