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Los Angeles Rams vs. Arizona Cardinals - 9/16/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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 -10 -- Over/Under: 47.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FOX

The Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams meet Sunday in NFL action at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

The Arizona Cardinals could use a statement victory here in order to prevent their first 0-2 start since the 2005 season. The Arizona Cardinals have lost four of their last six road games. Sam Bradford is completing 58.8 percent of his passes for 153 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception. Bradford has three touchdown passes on his last 77 pass attempts. Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson have combined for 106 receiving yards on 12 receptions while Chase Edmonds has four receptions. The Arizona Cardinals ground game is averaging 68 yards per contest, and Johnson leads the way with 37 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Arizona is allowing 24 points and 429 yards per game. Josh Bynes leads the Arizona Cardinals with 11 tackles, Chandler Jones has one sack and Tre Boston has one pass deflection.  

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Los Angeles Rams vs. Arizona Cardinals - 9/16/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Los Angeles Rams look for another big victory to start 2-0 for the first time since the 2001 season. The Los Angeles Rams have split their last six home games. Jared Goff is completing 54.6 percent of his passes for 233 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Goff has two or more touchdown passes in each of his last six games. Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp have combined for 139 receiving yards and one touchdown while Todd Gurley has three receptions. The Los Angeles Rams ground game is averaging 140 yards per contest, and Gurley leads the way with 108 yards on 20 carries. Defensively, Los Angeles is allowing 13 points and 395 yards per game. Cory Littleton leads the Los Angeles Rams with 13 tackles, Michael Brockers has one sack and Marcus Peters has one interception.

The Cardinals are 3-1-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games in September. The Rams are 17-37-1 ATS in their last 55 games in September, 4-11-1 ATS in their last 16 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games on grass. The Cardinals are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Los Angeles, the favorite is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the road team is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 meetings.

The Arizona Cardinals are a better team than what they showed in their opening contest, but I'm not sure how that's going to translate on the road against a super talented and confident bunch in the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams have short time to prepare after playing late Monday night, but this is a squad that's loaded on both sides of the ball and has an impressive coaching staff that will make sure everybody is ready to go. I like the over in this game, as the Rams are going to put points on the board with all of their weapons, and the Oakland Raiders showed you can have success against the Rams defense despite the big names. I'll take the over here in a way to avoid playing with double-digit chalk in an NFL game. 

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