The Los Angeles Rams stay at SoFi Stadium following their brutal loss in overtime to their arch-rival San Francisco 49ers during Week 18. They will host the Arizona Cardinals coming off a loss that cost them the NFC West division title and will look for revenge in the opening Wild Card round of the playoffs.
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Cardinals vs Rams Same Game Parlay
Let’s dive into the go-to Same Game Parlay for the Rams vs Cardinals game, courtesy of BetRivers.
- Rams -4 (-110)
- Rams Over 26.5 Points (-127)
- Cardinals Over 22.5 Points (-127)
- Over 49.5 Total Points (-113)
Best Bet: Rams -4 (-110) at BetRivers
Wager: 1 Unit
The last time the Rams played the Cardinals was in Arizona during Week 14 and they won by a touchdown in a 30-23 victory on Monday Night Football. Now, they are playing on Monday night again, but in Los Angeles this time.
While the Cardinals are one of the best road teams in football, I do think the Rams win this by at least five points, which wins you this bet.
Many will look at last week’s meltdown and blown 17-point lead over the 49ers as a cause of concern in addition to how thin they are at safety, but I think the Rams were showing us something in the first half of that game we haven’t seen from them.
The team finished eighth in offensive DVOA, fifth in defensive DVOA, and fourth in special teams DVOA. Simply put, this is a team that has evolved and while they are coming off a brutal loss in the finale at home, they also just won five straight before that game.
Look for Matthew Stafford to win his first playoff game at SoFi Stadium and the Rams to control this playoff game the whole way as they take advantage of Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury‘s lack of playoff experience.
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Best Bet: Rams OVER 26.5 Total Points (-127) at BetRivers
Wager: 1.25 Units
The Rams might need more than 26 points to beat the Cardinals in this one as they won last game scoring 30 points. With Jordan Fuller and potentially Taylor Rapp out in the secondary, the Rams are going to be susceptible to being beaten over the top.
If that’s the case, this could be a shootout, and while I do have the Rams winning by more than a field goal, that doesn’t mean it’s going to be a 14-10 affair.
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It’s Sean McVay‘s first-ever playoff game starting with a quarterback like Stafford. You could argue the last time he had this level of production at the position was Jared Goff in the 2018 season where they made the Super Bowl.
Due to this, I expect McVay will be throwing the ball a lot with Stafford and will be more likely to take the deep shots in this one to put some serious points on the board.
The Rams average more than 27 points per game, and I think they go over 26 in this one to move onto the divisional round of the playoffs.
Best Bet: Cardinals OVER 22.5 Total Points (-127) at BetRivers
Wager: 1 Unit
While I have the Rams winning and going over 26.5 points it’s also worth mentioning I think the Cardinals score more than 22.5 on the road in this one. Arizona has averaged more than 23 in their last three meetings, and while they fell out of the top 10 in scoring offense, they are still good enough to score more than 22 per game.
We watched the second game on Monday Night Football between these two teams, and the Rams dominated that game. Even still, they were able to score 23 and had a chance to tie the game. They don’t go away, so I will take the Over on their points here as our NFL bet of the day.
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Best Bet: Over 49.5 Total Points (-113) at BetRivers
Wager: 1 Unit
I think the Rams are going to win this game and put points up on the board while doing it. To hit the Over, you just need 50 points. I have the Rams scoring at least 27 points since I’m taking the Over on 26.5 points in this contest.
The Cardinals do have a high-octane offense, especially with Chase Edmonds and James Conner back. However, the Rams were really able to stifle them on the road the last time. I do think regardless of whether they signed Eric Weddle out of retirement or not, that defensive front is going to get after Murray and make it tough on him.