The LA Rams were always expected to compete in the NFL Playoffs at the end of the 2021 NFL regular season, but the euphoria is gone. The cheers and jubilation that usually accompany a victorious season are noticeably absent. This feels like a team whose fans have less hope than they did a year ago. Well, if you have an open mind, and a heart for competition, you may enjoy this one.
The goal for the 2021 NFL Season has been about getting ‘here.’ Where is here? Back into the playoffs. Forget everything that you know, or think you know, about the team and events that happened to get here. The regular season is the regular season. The real work, the work of hoisting the Lombardi Trophy and winning Super Bowl LVI only starts now.
If you need a shot of optimism, consider this. This team was just 9 points this season, a strip-sack fumble and a pick-six loss to the Green Bay Packers, from being the best team in the NFL. Pause and ponder that fact for a moment. A Week 12 win over the Packers would place the team atop the NFL right now.
That’s who they are right now. But that is just the regular-season team. This is the NFL Playoffs. Things happen faster. Pass rushers move quicker. So what chance does this team have? A good chance.
LA Rams Injury Report vs Cards Wildcard Round
- S Taylor Rapp (Concussion) – Out
- RB Buddy Howell (Hamstring) – Doubtful
- WR Van Jefferson (Shoulder) – Questionable
- RB James Conner (Ribs) – Questionable
- RB Jonathan Ward (Knee) – Questionable
- WR Rondale Moore (Ankle) – Questionable
- DE Jordan Phillips (Knee) – Questionable
- CB Maco Willson (Shoulder) – Questionable
- OL Justin Pugh (Calf) – Questionable
We know that Cardinals DL J.J. Watt will suit up for this one.
If you are nervous about this game, you are not alone. But sometimes nervousness can be healthy, did you know that? This is a healthy nervousness, a way to supercharge the minds of coaches to give them extra brainpower to plan for every contingency. This is the type of nervousness that powers NFL superstars.
Cards vs Rams Betting Odds, Spread, Over/Under & Betting Pick Wildcard Round
- Cards +3.5 (-110)
- Rams -3.5 (-110)
- Cards +150
- Rams -180
Over/Under – 50.0 points
- Over -110
- Under -110
Has anyone noticed how DL Aaron Donald has taken over in the last six games of the season? What about the production of Von Miller over the last four games? Or even, the past two games for A’Shawn Robinson? The LA Rams defensive front is getting red hot, and that will accelerate in the NFL Playoffs.
Yes, the Cardinals can throw two or three defensive backs against LA Rams WR Cooper Kupp. But the Rams have proven the ability to run their offense through Odell Beckham Jr. and Van Jefferson in the past, and they will be prepared to handle the load in this one. But don’t ignore the fact that Cam Akers is back. The Arizona Cardinals ended the season as the 20th ranked rushing defense. In their six losses, they averaged allowing 143 yards and one touchdown. That is their Achilles Heel, their Kryptonite.
The LA Rams can’t have missed that.
Take the Rams on the Moneyline (-180) to win outright
Take the UNDER at 50.0 (-110) in this one
National broadcast: ESPN Sports
What TV Channel is the Cards vs Rams Game On For The Wildcard Round?
This game is the Monday Night Football primetime game to be broadcast by ESPN and will air at 5:15 pm PT/8:15 pm ET.
Cards vs Rams Wildcard Round Game Live Stream
You can catch the action from this game live by streaming on Fubo TV.
Rams Next Game and Schedule
If the LA Rams win the Wildcard Round, they will travel to Tampa Bay to face the Buccaneers in the Divisional Round.