Rams Game Day MNF: Cards vs. Rams Wildcard Round betting odds, predictions

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It’s tough to pivot from the disappointment of witnessing the LA Rams losing another game to the San Francisco 49ers. A game that, based on the halftime score of 17-3, they were well on their way to winning.  It was the first time that a Sean McVay-coached team entered halftime with a lead but lost the game. The last game of the 2021 NFL season ended that winning streak. It also ended the LA Rams’ five-game winning streak. But there is nothing stopping the LA Rams from starting a new winning streak. Say, a four-game winning streak?

Of course, the first order of business is to address the elephant in the room. Quarterback Matthew Stafford comes with a lot of statistics and NFL production. But he has yet to win a postseason contest. Has it always been his fault? Well no, actually. In three playoff games, he has completed 74 of 117 passes for 908 yards, four touchdowns, and three interceptions.

No flag, no foul controversy

All three playoff games in his past were played on the road. While he helped the Detroit Lions score 54 points in three games, the Lions’ defense allowed 95 points. And the game played against the Dallas Cowboys on January 4, 2015, was the infamous no-foul-no-penalty game where the officials completely shocked the NFL by ignoring a blatant pass interference call, picking up the flag, and failing to give the Lions the automatic first down.

That call was a blemish on a performance that was good enough to win by Stafford. Unfortunately, the Lions lost by two points.

The organization knew all of this when they traded a substantial package to swap out Jared Goff for Stafford for the 2021 NFL season. Now, the team must make good on the purchase price by advancing in the NFL Playoffs and hopefully, winning Super Bowl LVI.

Cards vs Rams Betting Odds, Spread, Over/Under & Pick Wildcard Round

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Point Spread

  • Cardinals +4.0 (-110)
  • Rams -4.0 (-110)

Money Line

  • Cardinals +165
  • Rams -200

Over/Under 50.5 points

  • Over -110
  • Under -110

Recommended Bets:

Take the Rams and give away the points (-4.0) to win this one (-110)
Take the Rams on the Moneyline (-200) to win outright
Take the Over (50.5)

The betting line opens early for the Wildcard Round with the LA Rams showing up as a slight favorite. The current line of -4.0 feels about right. The team ended the season by winning five of their last six games, and the Arizona Cardinals have lost four of their last five.

While the team has only a slight 5-3 advantage playing at home, it’s good that the team gets at least one home field contest in the NFL Playoffs. The team will almost certainly play two road games along the way, so having a chance to regroup without the concerns of travel plans is a positive way to start the postseason.

Cardinals vs Rams Prediction Wildcard Round

The two teams split the season, each winning the game on the other team’s football field. In both contests, the Arizona Cardinals won the Time of Possession battle. In fact, in both games, the Cardinals had 75 offensive plays, an unusual coincidence, as well as the Cardinals’ offense moving the ball for more yardage in each game. The Cardinals even exhibited an uncanny knack for converting on third and fourth downs. They converted on 16 of 28 third downs, and two of four fourth downs.

So how did the Rams win the rematch?

The team played flawlessly in round 2. Even as the Cardinals turned the football over twice in the second game, Stafford and the offense did not turn the football over once. That ended up being the difference in the game.

Our recommendations:

Take the Rams and the points (+3.0) to win this one (-115)
Take the Rams on the Moneyline (+135) to win outright
Be patient on the Over/Under until later this week.

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