Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams - 9/16/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Arizona Cardinals (0-1) at Los Angeles Rams (1-0)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 4:05 pm (Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum)
The Line: Los Angeles Rams -13 -- Over/Under: 45
The Arizona Cardinals and the Los Angeles Rams meet in week 2 NFL action in an NFC West division tilt on Sunday afternoon.
The Arizona Cardinals will look for a bounce back performance after dropping their season opener by a final score of 24-6 at the hands of the Washington Redskins in their last outing. Sam Bradford threw for 153 yards on 20 of 34 passing with an interception while David Johnson racked up 37 rushing yards and a touchdown on 9 carries. Larry Fitzgerald led the Arizona receiving corps with team-highs of 7 catches for 76 receiving yards. Defensively, Tre Boston forced a fumble and recovered it as well, while the Cardinals combined for 3 sacks and Antoine Bethea led the Cardinals with 9 tackles in the losing effort.
The Los Angeles Rams will look to keep it going after emerging victorious in their opening week, taking down Oakland by a final score of 33-13. Jared Goff led the Rams with 233 yards and 2 touchdowns on 18 of 33 passing, while Todd Gurley II led the Rams’ ground attack with 20 carries for 108 yards. Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp each had a team-high 5 receptions with Cooks adding a team-high 87 receiving yards while Kupp had 52 yards and a touchdown. Gurley II added a touchdown as well through the air with 3 receptions while Marcus Peters added a pick-six on defense with Cory Littleton leading the squad with 11 tackles and an interception of his own.
Arizona is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games in September while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Los Angeles is 4-11-1 ATS in their last 16 home games and 6-14-1 ATS in their last 21 games against the NFC while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games following a win. The favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
The fact is that if we see the same Arizona team that we saw in their opener, this game isn’t going to be close. I’ve never really trusted Sam Bradford as a QB, and I’m doubting that Josh Rosen will start here or even see the field. Los Angeles’ offense is as good as advertised, and the defense is showing up as well, so since I see the Rams taking this one in blowout fashion, I’ll lay the points with Los Angeles here.