Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams: Our Pick

NFL Jan 17, 2022

Here's our pick for the sixth and final NFL Wild Card playoff game, which kicks off this Monday night.

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LA Rams -4 vs. Arizona (-110)

This is a tale of two very different teams on the back half of the season.  

The Cardinals started out hot in the first eight weeks, but stumbled badly down the stretch, winning just 3 of their final 8 games.  Worse, they looked really, really bad at times.  Arizona began making dumb mistakes, committed way too many penalties, and simply did not resemble the same team that looked so explosive back in September.  Bad coaching (maybe)?  Poor offensive line play (absolutely). Or, perhaps opponents have figured out the Cardinals now, and they’re a softer opponent.  Who knows?  

Meanwhile, the Rams are never a confident pick and we have some serious worries about QB Matt Stafford in any big game.  He’s well known to self-destruct under pressure.  Nonetheless, the LA Rams should win and cover here according to what we’ve seen from these teams from December onward.  

This line might make sense in midseason but given the way the Cardinals have played recently (losing by 8 points to the Seahawks at home last week?) is a huge red flag.  They should have been motivated to play better in that game but really showed vulnerability on defense.  The Cards defense gave up 22+ in six straight games, and with the Rams’ dangerous passing attack, there’s the possibility of a wipeout here.

We won’t lay more than -4 but at this number, the Rams are worth a wager.

The Pick:  LA Rams -4