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NFC Wild Card: Los Angeles Rams vs Arizona Cardinals 1/17/22 NFL Picks, Predictions, Odds

Arizona Cardinals (11-6) vs. Los Angeles Rams (12-5)
January 17, 2022 8:15 pm EDT
The Line: Los Angeles Rams -4 / Arizona Cardinals +4; Over/Under: -50.5
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The Los Angeles Rams and Arizona Cardinals square off Monday night in the NFC Wild Card Playoffs NFL action from SoFi Stadium in Inglewood.

The Arizona Cardinals come into the postseason sporting an 11-6 record this season. Kyler Murray has thrown for 3,787 yards, 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions on 69.2% passing while James Conner has 752 rushing yards with 15 TDs and Chase Edmonds has rushed for 592 yards this season. Christian Kirk leads the Cardinals with 77 grabs for 982 yards and 5 TDs while A.J. Green has 848 receiving yards and DeAndre Hopkins has 572 receiving yards and a team-high 8 TDs this season. On defense, Jalen Thompson leads the Cardinals with 121 total tackles while Byron Murphy Jr. has 4 interceptions and Markus Golden has a team-high 11 sacks. Chandler Jones also has 10.5 sacks for Arizona this season.

The Los Angeles Rams will enter this one as the higher seed, boasting a 12-5 mark and the division title this year. Matthew Stafford’s thrown for 4,886 yards, 41 touchdowns and 17 interceptions on 67.2% passing while Sony Michel and Darrell Henderson Jr. have combined for 1,533 yards and 9 TDs in the Rams’ backfield. Cooper Kupp leads the Rams in receiving with 145 grabs for 1,947 yards and 16 touchdowns while Robert Woods has 556 receiving yards and Van Jefferson has 802 receiving yards and 6 TDs as well this season. On defense, Jordan Fuller leads the Rams with 113 total tackles while Aaron Donald has a team-high 12.5 sacks and Leonard Floyd also has 9.5 sacks this season. Jalen Ramsey also has 4 interceptions for the Rams this season.

Arizona is 18-6-2 ATS in their last 26 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the under is 7-3 in their last 10 games as a road underdog. Los Angeles is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games as a favorite while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 home games. 

This should be a great game and I think there could be some jitters here with both teams fresh back into the postseason picture. However, I also expect this game to open up a lot, like the first two meetings this season did that both went over the number and finished in the mid-50s. I think the rubber match here springs the same result as we get a third over in as many meetings this season.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick:
Over 50.5

Chris Ruffolo

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