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Arizona Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Rams - 12/23/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Los Angeles Rams (11-3) at Arizona Cardinals (3-11)
Date & Time Sunday December 23, 2018, 4:05 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Arizona Cardinals +13.5 -- Over/Under: 47.5
TV Channel
FOX
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The Los Angeles Rams and Arizona Cardinals meet Sunday in NFL action at State Farm Stadium.

The Los Angeles Rams look for a bounce back win after splitting their last six games in hopes of snagging a top-two seed in the NFC. The Los Angeles Rams have won five of their last seven road games. Jared Goff is completing 64.5 percent of his passes for 4,273 yards, 27 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Goff has two or more touchdown passes in seven of his last 11 games. Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods have combined for 2,213 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Todd Gurley II has 59 receptions. The Los Angeles Rams ground game is averaging 129.1 yards per contest, and Gurley leads the way with 1,251 yards and 17 touchdowns. Defensively, Los Angeles is allowing 24.5 points and 363.1 yards per game. Cory Littleton leads the Los Angeles Rams with 112 tackles, Aaron Donald has 16.5 sacks and John Johnson III has four interceptions.

The Arizona Cardinals have a chance to play spoiler here after losing five of their last six games. The Arizona Cardinals have lost six of their last seven home games. Josh Rosen is completing 55.7 percent of his passes for 2,042 yards, 10 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Rosen has one or less touchdown passes in nine of his 12 career games. Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk have combined for 1,235 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while David Johnson has 46 receptions. The Arizona Cardinals ground game is averaging 82.4 yards per contest, and Johnson leads the way with 843 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Arizona is allowing 26.2 points and 356.4 yards per game. Antoine Bethea leads the Arizona Cardinals with 110 tackles, Chandler Jones has 12 sacks and Tre Boston has three interceptions.

The Rams are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in December, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. NFC and 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Cardinals are 8-17-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record, 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. NFC and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Rams are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the favorite is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings. The under is 20-7 in Cardinals last 27 home games. The under is 4-1 in Rams last 5 road games.

The Los Angeles Rams are coming off two losses where the offense was held to an average of 14.5 points, and they've lost two of their last three road games. The Arizona Cardinals have scored 21 or less points in each of their last nine games and are being otuscored by an average of 25 points in their last three losses. The Los Angeles Rams have covered six of their last 10 games when a double-digit favorite. The Arizona Cardinals are 3-5-1 ATS in their last nine games when a double-digit underdog. We have a team in the Rams who are often a scoring machine and a team in the Cardinals who can't score at all and often lose in blowouts. This is a complete mismatch on paper and could get downright ugly. I'm rarely comfortable laying massive chalk, especially in the NFL, but the Rams should run away with this contest. 

Pick:
Los Angeles Rams -13.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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