On Sunday, the Arizona Cardinals (6-5) will host the Los Angeles Rams (7-4) in what could prove to be a pivotal game for the NFC playoff picture.
The Rams opened as small favourites, but the line has risen to -3.0 with a Game Total of 48.0 at Play.Spreads.ca. Both teams are coming off of disappointing losses in Week 12. The Rams turned the ball over four times, losing to a shorthanded San Francisco 49ers team. The Cardinals blew a 10-0 first-quarter lead to lose in New England.
The Cardinals and Rams come into Week 13 in good health. Kyler Murray opened the week as a limited participant but practiced in full on Thursday and Friday and will play through his right shoulder injury again. Their only holdout will be safety Jalen Thompson, who is out with an ankle injury for the second straight year. Los Angeles will have the same roster that they had a week ago.
DeAndre Hopkins and Jalen Ramsey will renew pleasantries in their first meeting as NFC West foes. They became familiar with each other in the AFC South when Hopkins was with the Texans, and Ramsey was in Jacksonville. They've had plenty of heated battles, and Sunday should be no different. Ramsey has been shutting everyone down this season and held Hopkins to just 27 yards on four receptions in their last meeting (Week 2 - 2019).
Jared Goff has struggled against the 49ers throughout his career, and that continued last week. He hasn't had the same issues against the Cardinals, throwing for 743 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions in their two meetings a year ago. Goff having success through the air usually means the Rams win. Since Sean McVay took over as head coach, the Rams are 26-9 when Goff throws for 250-plus yards. Goff is 6-1 while averaging 270 yards, 1.4 TDs and 0.4 INT in his career versus Arizona.
Pick: Rams -2.5
Buy half a point and get the Rams by a field goal. Last week was ugly, but Los Angeles struggles against San Francisco. They're 0-4 in their last four meetings versus the 49ers. The opposite is true about the Cardinals. Los Angeles has won six in a row over Arizona, averaging 32.5 points for and 9.3 points against. The Cardinals are now more dynamic offensively with Murray and Hopkins but the Rams defence is among the best in the league, and their offence should have plenty of success against a Cardinals defence that has given up 28.5 points per game since their bye week.
-- by Timmy Bits