The Los Angeles Rams and the Arizona Cardinals meet Sunday in NFL action from University of Phoenix Stadium. The Rams enter this one at 4-6 overall so far. Los Angeles eked out a win over Seattle in their last game. As for Arizona, they’re just 2-9 on the season following a five-point loss to Houston on Sunday. Make sure to read our Rams vs Cardinals Prediction.
Los Angeles Rams
The Rams haven’t been able to generate much offense this year to go along with the 22.0 points per game allowed by their defense. LA is scoring just 19.5 points per game, with 226.4 yards per game, nine scores and nine picks coming via the pass. The Rams have gotten 102.6 yards per game on the ground with 10 touchdowns rushing.
In their latest matchup on Sunday versus Seattle, Los Angeles was down 16-7 going into the final quarter. The Rams stormed back on 10 unanswered points in a 17-16 win. QB Matthew Stafford led the way on 190 yards, one TD and one interception. Royce Freeman added 73 rush yards, and Puka Nacua caught five balls for 70 yards and a TD.
Los Angeles Rams Team Facts
- The Rams have lost each of their last seven road games against teams that held a losing record.
- The Rams have failed to cover the spread in each of their last 10 games in November.
- The Rams have lost the first half in each of their last six November games as favorites.
- The Rams have scored the first touchdown in each of their last six games as favorites following a win.
- The Rams have lost the first quarter in four of their last five November games as favorites against NFC opponents.
Over on the Arizona side, they’re giving up a pretty rough 25.8 points per game so far and only scoring 17.5 points per game on offense. The pass has been particularly ineffective with 171.8 yards per game, nine TDs and nine picks through the air. On the ground, Arizona has 126.2 yards per game and 10 scores.
The Cardinals’ latest loss came Sunday versus the Texans. Arizona was up 10-7 early but faltered down the stretch in a 21-16 loss. QB Kyler Murray finished with 214 yards, one TD and one interception. James Conner rushed for 62 yards, and Greg Dortch topped the receivers with six catches for 76 yards.
Arizona Cardinals Team Facts
- The Cardinals have won four of their last five November games as underdogs against NFC opponents.
- The home team has covered the spread in each of the Cardinals' last eight Week 12 games.
- The Cardinals have won the first quarter in four of their last five November games as underdogs.
- The Cardinals have lost the first half in seven of their last eight games as underdogs.
- The Cardinals have scored the first touchdown in each of their last six Week 12 games.
- The Cardinals rank 32nd in the NFL in 4th down percentage this season (27.3%).
- The Cardinals rank 31st in the NFL in Q4 points per game this season (2.5).
- The Rams rank 30th in the NFL in kickoff return yards per game this season (11.2).
- The Rams rank T30th in the NFL in H1 win percentage this season (20.0).
ANDREW’S FREE PICK
I’ll probably just stay with the Rams here. LA is coming off a shaky performance versus a mistake-prone (12 penalties) Seattle team in their latest game. The Rams managed 267 yards of offense in that one (185 passing) with just 2-of-9 on third downs and nine penalties of their own. Still counts as a W though, and LA snaps their three-game skid. The Rams haven’t gotten past 20 points in any of the last four games, though—that’s an issue.
As for Arizona, they came up with three picks on defense versus Houston in their Sunday loss, but it didn’t slow the Texans down enough to prevent the outcome. The Cardinals have managed 16 points or fewer in four of their last six games; if they can crack 20 points here it’ll be something of a surprise. LA probably has the edge on the cover, but it’s not going to be a pretty game.