1234 T ODDS
ARI 7377 24 46
LAR 314014 31 -7
Staff Prediction

Cardinals vs Rams
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By Staff Writer, rc

BETTING PREVIEW
Arizona Cardinals 5-9-1 (9-5-1 ATS) are playing Los Angeles Rams 8-7 (10-5 ATS) on Dec 29, 2019, 4:25pm ET at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Rams opened at -7 in Vegas and the current line is LAR -7.

It happens more often than not - the Super Bowl curse. This year the theory rang true as the LA Rams have been held out of the playoffs following up the Super Bowl loss last season. As for the Cardinals, it's been arguably a good year for a team clearly rebuilding with an extremely young roster, lead by a rookie head coach and rookie QB. These teams cap off their 2019 season in a game where the Rams are a full score favorite despite the game meaning nothing to the veterans.

CARDINALS
Kyler Murray may cap his Rookie Season from the sideline in this one. Despite Brett Hundley getting the majority of the practice reps this week and despite the promotion of Drew Anderson from the practice squad, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Murray still could start. Winning three in a row to finish the season while avoiding a 10-loss season would be a great way to end the season, which should keep the Cardinals motivated to play in Week 17. They lost by 27 to this Rams team about a month ago so it's hard to justify this team pulling off a win with the starting QB likely to sit this one out.

RAMS
This is not the same Los Angeles offense as a year ago. Todd Gurley has a total of just 68 rushing yards over the last two weeks and injuries have held him back all year long. He could also see a diminished role with the Rams playing for nothing in this one. Jared Goff has also been a little erratic this season, especially with four picks in his last three games. The Rams will likely score points, but Goff’s errors could also hold them back and make it hard for L.A. to maintain a comfortable lead. Arizona's defense is amongst the worst in the league so I do expect Goff and the recieving core to end on a positive note.

KEY INJURIES
CARDINALS: Charles Clay- Questionable, Kyler Murray - Probable, Justin Pugh - Probable
RAMS: Jalen Ramsey - Out, Troy Hill - Doubtful, Andrew Whitworth - Doubtful

PICK & PREDICTION
Arizona is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games when playing at home against LA Rams. If Murray isn't playing in this one, I don't see them keeping this game close. While the Rams are down their two starting corners, the pass rush can get to whomever is at QB as proven last month and allow for backups to look like starters. RAMS -7

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    ARIZONA LOS ANGELES
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    • Despite missing the playoffs, the Rams should and will win this game this week. Arizona QB Kyler Murray is questionable with an ankle injury and wont be too effective running the ball himself if he gets in open space. Furthermore, when the Rams last faced the Cardinals, they crushed them on the road. Sean McVay doesn't have it in him to throw a game for draft picks, I like the Rams here.

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    • Arizona QB Kyler Murray - GAME TIME DECISION

      Murray (hamstring), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams, is viewed as a true game-time decision, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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      Rapoport's report essentially aligns with what coach Kliff Kingsbury said Friday about Murray, who ceded most of the reps to No. 2 quarterback Brett Hundley during practice this week. Even with little at stake for the non-contending Cardinals in the finale, Kingsbury previously said that he wanted Murray to suit up if the hamstring cooperates, as the coach believes having the rookie play in the matchup with a divisional opponent is a good developmental opportunity.

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