Arizona Cardinals (10-3) at St. Louis Rams (6-7)
|Date & Time||Thursday December 11, 2014, 8:25 PM (EST)|
The Line: St. Louis Rams -4 -- Over/Under: 40
The Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams play Thursday night at the Edward Jones Dome.
The Arizona Cardinals have split their last four games and need a win to stay in first place in the NFC West. Drew Stanton is completing 54.5 percent of his passes for seven touchdowns and five interceptions. Stanton has two touchdowns and three picks in his last three games, and the Cardinals have 48 passing plays of 20 or more yards. Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd have combined for more than 1,200 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Jaron Brown has nine of his 21 receptions in his last two games. The Cardinals ground game is averaging 3.2 yards per carry, as Andre Ellington leads the way with 660 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, the Arizona Cardinals are allowing 18.3 points, 355.4 yards, and they’ve forced 31 sacks and 23 turnovers. Larry Foote leads Arizona with 77 tackles and Calais Campbell has seven sacks.
The St. Louis Rams have won three of their last four games and hope to keep the momentum going. Shaun Hill is completing 62 percent of his passes for six touchdowns and three interceptions. Hill has four touchdowns and zero picks in his last two games, and the Rams have 35 passing plays of 20 or more yards. Kenny Britt an Jared Cook have combined for more than 1,000 yards and six touchdowns while Stedman Bailey has 14 of his 22 receptions in his last three games. The Rams ground game is averaging 4.2 yards per carry, as Tre Mason leads the way with 628 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, the St. Louis Rams are allowing 21.9 points, 344.9 yards, and they’ve forced 35 sacks and 23 turnovers. Alec Ogletree leads the Rams with 88 tackles and Robert Quinn has 10.5 sacks.
The Cardinals are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games and 12-2 ATS vs. a team with a losing record. The Rams are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. NFC West and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Cardinals are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 meetings in St. Louis and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 meetings overall.
I'm starting to fade the Arizona Cardinals with the way they've been playing recently, as it seems like that edge is gone and they're a little lackluster. The Rams are playing inspired football and will be eager to beat the top team in their division. On a short week and with the way both teams are playing, give me the home team.