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What the hell is going on in the NFC West? The Cardinals are 1-2, the LA Rams are leading the division and Jeff Fisher is above .500. Bruce Arians and the desert donkeys will have a chance to redeem themselves in their division this week as they take on the Rams at home in a game in which the Cardinals will be favored by more than a touchdown.

SHARK BITES
  • The Rams are 1-7 SU and ATS in their last eight games after consecutive wins.
  • The Cardinals are 3-11 ATS in their last 14 games as a favorite of 9.5 or more.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 12 of the Rams' last 15 games.

By all accounts, the Cardinals were the better team in their loss to the Bills last weekend. Carson Palmer, however, was a complete train wreck and that was more than enough to cost the Cards a win against a cross-conference team expected to bottom-feed in the AFC this year. When we’ve seen elite quarterbacks go downhill the last few years, they’ve gone down with a bullet. Palmer is now 36 years old – we may be in the midst of seeing one of the game’s best exiting his prime.

That said, Arizona should have no trouble with the Rams as they’ve taken four of the last five matchups with their division rivals and LA’s newest team has been horrible after consecutive wins in their last eight.

UNDERs have cashed at a pretty alarming rate for both the Rams and Cardinals and the offensive explosion from LA against the Buccaneers last week was well out of the ordinary. Before their Week 3 game against Tampa, the Rams had scored an average of 14 points in their previous 11 games.

NFL math never adds up but take into consideration that the Cardinals held Tampa Bay to seven points not two weeks ago and the Rams just gave up 32 points and 472 net yards to the Buccaneers. I thought the Rams’ D was supposed to be good? If Carson Palmer isn’t a dumpster fire again this week, he should have a field day.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to back the visiting Los Angeles Rams in this one found them as 8.5-point underdogs earlier in the week, while the total was settling in the neighborhood of 44 at shops such as Bovada.

Odds Shark score prediction models pick a 30-12 result in favor of the Cardinals on Sunday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

Los Angeles Rams vs Arizona Cardinals Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Los Angeles Rams will try to spoil to the party on Sunday; they are 2-1 ATS against the spread this season, while the Arizona Cardinals are 1-2 ATS. Los Angeles is 1-2 on the over under betting totals; Arizona is 1-1-1. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Arizona vs Los Angeles injuries news.

The Cardinals - Rams odds would favor the Cardinals if the betting lines were set according to power ranks. Arizona is rated No. 5 in our latest OddsShark poll, while the Rams sit at No. 29.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Arizona's No. 10-ranked offense, averaging 26.33 PPG, against a Rams defense that ranks No. 13 this week at 21 PPG. The Cardinals aerial game is averaging 267 yards per game, more than the Rams secondary allows through the air, 266 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Los Angeles Rams own the league's No. 17-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 116.5 yards per game when on the road. Arizona, on the other hand, rates No. 21 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Case Keenum threw a pair of TD passes in Los Angeles's last match, defeating Tampa Bay 37-32 in Week 3 action on Sunday.

David Johnson scored twice in Arizona's most recent game, but it still resulted in a loss, 33-18 versus Buffalo at New Era Field.

Betting Trends
  • Los Angeles is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Arizona
  • Los Angeles is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Arizona
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Los Angeles's last 12 games when playing on the road against Arizona
  • Los Angeles is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Arizona
  • Arizona is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games when playing at home against Los Angeles
  • Arizona is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Los Angeles
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Arizona's last 12 games when playing at home against Los Angeles
  • Arizona is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Los Angeles

Next Betting Matchups

Los Angeles home to Buffalo, Sunday, October 9th
Arizona at San Francisco, Thursday, October 6th

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