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Can Peterson's Emergence Once Again Boost Cardinals in Jolly Old England?

Losing David Johnson early in the year was a crushing loss for the Arizona Cardinals, and the team struggled to get anything going on the ground in the weeks after. But with Adrian Peterson around, the offense looked like its normal self last week in a win over Tampa Bay. The Cards travel across the pond in Week 7 when they tangle with the Los Angeles Rams in London.

MyBookie opened the Rams as 3.5-point faves with a total of 47.5.

Shark Bites
  • The Cardinals are 6-0 SU in their last six games against their division on the road.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 12 of the Rams’ last 16 games in the early afternoon.
  • The total has gone OVER in eight of the Cardinals’ last 10 games as underdog.

After wasting away in New Orleans, Peterson found new life in Arizona, rushing for 134 yards and two touchdowns in his new team’s 38-33 win. Prior to his arrival, the Cardinals had averaged just over 50 rushing yards per game in five games without Johnson.

Carson Palmer was also able to tap into the fountain of youth, as the veteran completed 18 of 22 pass attempts for 283 yards and three touchdowns. Betting on Arizona to cover against the Rams has been a profitable endeavor lately, as the Cardinals are 6-2 ATS in their last eight vs Los Angeles.

The Rams are coming off a 27-17 win over the Jaguars which saw running back Todd Gurley rush for 116 yards. Los Angeles’ defense recorded five sacks and forced an interception in the triumph, as the franchise continues to improve by leaps and bounds under first-year head coach Sean McVay.

L.A. has traditionally had issues covering within the division. In the Rams’ last five vs NFC West foes, they’re a meagre 1-4 SU and 0-5 ATS.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Those siding with the visitors in this matchup saw the Arizona Cardinals listed as 2.5-point underdogs at shops such as Bovada. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER line for the betting matchup was at 47.5 over at 5Dimes.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas picked a 31-15 win for the Rams. Injuries during the week may cause the formula to be re-run, so check the NFL picks page before game time. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

Arizona Cardinals vs Los Angeles Rams Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Arizona Cardinals will look to cover ATS vs their hosts on Sunday, as they are 1-5 versus the spread this season, while the Los Angeles Rams are 3-3 ATS. Arizona is 2-4 against the OVER/UNDER total, while Los Angeles is 4-1-1 versus the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Los Angeles vs Arizona injuries news.

The Rams-Cardinals odds would favor the Cardinals if the betting lines were set according to power ranks. Los Angeles is rated No. 27 in our latest OddsShark poll, while the Cardinals sit at No. 18.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Rams' No. 1-ranked offense (29.83 PPG) against a Cardinals defense that ranks No. 28 at 26.33 PPG. The Rams passing attack has averaged 244.67 yards per game, less than the Cardinals give up through the air (250.33 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Cardinals feature the league's No. 8-rated road run defense, allowing 93.33 yards per game. The Rams, meanwhile, rank No. 25 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Arizona comes off a game where it received a 3-TD performance from Carson Palmer in defeating the Buccaneers 38-33.

Todd Gurley ran through the Jacksonville defense for 116 yards in Los Angeles's last game, handing the Jaguars a 27-17 setback on Sunday at EverBank Field.

Betting Trends
  • Arizona is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Arizona's last 5 games
  • Arizona is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games when playing LA Rams
  • Arizona is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing LA Rams
  • LA Rams is 4-13-1 ATS in its last 18 games
  • LA Rams is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • LA Rams is 5-13 SU in its last 18 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of LA Rams' last 8 games

Next Betting Matchups

Arizona at San Francisco, Sunday, November 5
Los Angeles at New York, Sunday, November 5