Los Angeles Rams vs Arizona Cardinals Previews and Picks 12/13/2021

by James Q

Los Angeles Rams vs Arizona Cardinals Previews and Picks 12/13/2021

Game Time:  8:15 PM ET, Monday, December 13th, 2021
Venue: State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
Where to Watch:  ESPN


Opening MLB Odds at USA Sportsbooks

FanDuel: point spread: Cards -2.5: O/U 51.5 points
BetMGM: Cards -2.5; O/U 52 points
Caesars: Cards -2.5; O/U 49.5 points

Season Record

Rams: 8-4, 2nd place NFC West
Cards: 10-2, 1st place NFC West

The LA Rams had an awful November… or to put it better… They were awful in November.  They lost all three games they played in November, thank goodness for the bye-week. They lost to the Green Bay Packers, the San Francisco 49ers, and the Tennessee Titans.  Quarterback Matthew Stafford went into November with his name popping up in MVP rumors and projections, his utter floundering on the losing-streak firmly put those rumors to rest.  The NFL schedule gifted the Rams the Jacksonville Jaguars for an easy win to kick off December.  Of course now they will face the biggest test of the Rams season… a matchup with the division and conference leaders the Arizona Cardinals.  This is the same team that beat the Rams at SoFi Stadium earlier in the year.  This is a showdown that will offer the Rams redemption and they have to go into the Valley of the Sun as an underdog to get it.

The Arizona Cardinals are such a good team that when star quarterback Kyler Murray went down with an ankle injury and had to miss 3 games they won 2 (against the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers) of them.  That’s right the Cards won two games with backup QB Colt McCoy at the helm.  Kyler returned for the last game to beat up on the Chicago Bears 33-22.  So they win with Kyler and without Kyler.  That is a pretty solid reason to have Super Bowl aspirations.

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Rams vs Cardinals Preview and Analysis

The Rams are 8-4 on the season, but 5-7 ATS.  They have logged 6 Overs, 5 Unders, and 1 Push.  They are 4-2 in road games.
The Cardinals are 10-2 on the season, but 9-3 ATS.  They have notched 6 Overs and 6 Unders.  They are vulnerable in home games where they are 3-2 (as opposed to being perfect in road games).

Offensive Analysis 

The Rams offense is 6th in points per game with 28, 6th in yards per game with 386.9.  That breaks down to 3rd in passing and 23rd in rushing yards.

The Cardinals are 3rd in points per game with 28.6 and 13th in yards per game with 368.8 per. That breaks down to 11th in passing yards 244.6 per and 10th in rushing yards 124.2 per.

Defensive Analysis

The Rams defense is ranked 12th in the NFL… which sounds great , but they were hoping for better.  They allow 338.8 yards per game and are 16th in the NFL in allowing 22.5 points.

The Cardinals defense is 5th in defending yards by allowing 318.8 ypg and 4th in defending points by only allowing 18.7 per game.  They have a solid pass rush and defensive secondary.  They will be able to take away most of the Rams receivers in coverage.

Los Angeles Rams vs Arizona Cardinals Prediction

Our prediction for Monday, December 13th is… Rams 35 - Cardinals 28

This will be a high scoring resurrection of Rams Pride.  The Rams have had some easy wins this season against the Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, NY Giants and it might have lulled them into thinking the season would be a cakewalk… They are un-lulled now.  They will win outright.

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NFL Betting Trends

The Rams are 4-1 ATS as a road underdog of 3 pts or less over the last 3 seasons.
The Rams are 7-3 ATS in December games over the last 3 seasons.
The Cards are 9-3 ATS in all games this season.
The Cards are 5-11 ATS when playing against a team with a winning record the last 3 seasons.

Key Injuries

Rams: WR Robert Woods (knee), LB Justin Hollins (pectoral/ribs)

Cards: DT Rashard Lawrence (calf), RB Chase Edmonds (ankle)


Starting Lineups

Rams: QB Matthew Stafford, RB Sony Michel, WR Cooper Kupp, WR Van Jefferson, WR Ben Skowronek, TE Tyler Higbee, LT Andrew Whitworth, LG David Edwards, C Brian Allen, RG Austin Corbett, RT Rob Havenstein

Cardinals: QB Kyler Murray, RB James Conner, WR Rondale Moore, WR DeAndre Hopkins, TE Demetrius Harris, TE Zach Ertz, LT D.J. Humphries, LG Sean Harlow, C Rodney Hudson, RG Max Garcia, RT Kelvin Beachum

Statistical Leaders

Touchdowns: Darrell Henderson Jr  5
Rushing Yards: Darrell Henderson Jr  648
Passing Yards: Matthew Stafford 3611
Receiving Yards: Cooper Kupp 1366
Sacks: Leonard Floyd 8
Interceptions: Jalen Ramsey 3

Touchdowns: James Conner 12
Rushing Yards: James Conner 630
Passing Yards: Kyler Murray 2399
Receiving Yards: Christian Kirk 632
Sacks: Markus Golden 10
Interceptions: Byron Murphy Jr 4

Weather Forecast

Mostly Cloudy. 58* around game time with winds at 2 mph.                       pa/nj/vikes

James Q

About the Author:

James Q. has been involved with sports and gambling his entire life. A former division 1 scholarship basketball player, James understands sports (and especially basketball) inside-and-out. Following his basketball playing days, James parlayed his gambling skills into a semi-pro poker career. James resides in Los Angeles, and especially loves the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Rams, and Los Angeles Dodgers. And when he isn't betting on sports (and writing about it), James can be found performing stand-up comedy on the Sunset Strip.

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