Cardinals vs. Rams odds, prediction, betting trends for NFL wild-card playoff game

When the Cardinals take on the Rams to wrap up the wild-card round of the 2021-2022 NFL Wild Card Playoffs on “Monday Night Football” (8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN and ESPN2), they will play the decider as NFC Rivals. of the Western Division.

The Rams (12-5) won the West and earned the right to host this game as the No. 4 seed, while the Cardinals (11-6) finished No. 5 and the best wild card in the NFC. Both teams lost in Week 18, but the Rams (in Baltimore) and Cardinals (in Dallas) both had big wins in Week 17.

Quarterbacks Kyler Murray and Matthew Stafford started early as MVP candidates, but turnovers and key receiving body injuries caused them to fade down the stretch. Who will emerge and advance to the divisional playoffs?

Here’s everything you need to know about betting on Cardinals vs. Rams in the 2022 NFL playoffs, including updated odds, trends and our expert’s prediction for the wild-card game.

Cardinals odds vs. Rams for the NFL playoff game

  • Spread: rams for 4
  • Below: 49.5
  • money: Cardinals +168, Rams -200

The number has been just over a field goal for the Rams in their third matchup of the season. That adds up to home court advantage plus a little extra juice due to prime time. The total has been limited due to offensive mistakes by both teams of late.

(bet odds per FanDuel bookmaker)

Cardinals vs. Rams All-Time Series

The Rams lead the rivalry between two former St. Louis teams 46-39-2. The Cardinals and Rams split the season series. Arizona beat Los Angeles 37-20 in Week 4. Los Angeles beat Arizona 30-23 in Week 14. The Rams, prior to the 2021 season, had won eight in a row and now the mark is 9 of 10.

Three Trends to Know

—About 51 percent of spread bettors are on the Cardinals to cover the small spread. The four dots make navigation difficult, since this is more of a launch game.

—About 51 percent of over/under bettors believe that point totals that are close to but not over 50 points are too low, but the game is very close to even there as well.

—The Cardinals are 4-6 against the spread and 4-6 straight in their last 10 games with half of those games going over point totals. The Rams are also 4-6 ATS but 5-5 SU in their last 10 games. The total has also been exceeded in only half of those games.

three things to see

The Cardinals need to loosen up their young quarterback more with his dynamic legs. The Rams can account for a lot with Jalen Ramsey in coverage and Aaron Donald dominating up front, but Murray gets to the edge and spreads the field quickly when things break down and he’s tough to defend. Murray has wanted to be more of a pocket passer, but his run element can be huge at times.

Stafford has been locked in on amazing wide receiver Cooper Kupp all season. Big plays have also occasionally come to Odell Beckham Jr. and Van Jefferson. But he has tended to push too deep, missing Robert Woods badly to complement Kupp. He is best when he is methodical and distributes the ball around the shot. Stafford and Sean McVay have to be careful not to be too aggressive on the pass, because the Cardinals’ defense thrives on steals.

The Cardinals hope to get the 1-2 hit of James Conner and Chase Edmons back safe and sound. The Rams should use Cam Akers (‘Achilles’) more a week after he returned to help Sony Michel. Arizona relies more on the success of the runs to win the game.

Statistics that matter

The Cardinals posted that incredible road record during the 2021 regular season. They were just 3-5 at home. Their only loss came at Detroit, of all places, in Week 15. The Rams are just 5-3 at home and 7-2 on the road. The Rams were the wild card in the West in 2020, but they won a similar matchup against the Seahawks on the road last year.

Cardinals vs Rams Prediction

The third part of Murray vs. Stafford is really a draw, coming down to who makes the key plays needed in crucial situations. Both teams will do their share of defensive flashes and get some good running support. But in the end it all comes down to quarterbacks, and Murray has shown he plays better against the better teams on the road, while Stafford’s record against winning teams in big games isn’t good at all, and it’s not just because he played for the Lions. . Murray comes for Kliff Kingsbury, while Stafford’s errors for McVay catch up with him here.