Los Angeles Rams vs. Arizona Cardinals - 12/29/19 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Arizona Cardinals (5-9-1) at Los Angeles Rams (8-7)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 29, 2019 at 4:25 pm (Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum)
The Line: Los Angeles Rams -7 -- Over/Under: 49
The Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams meet Sunday in week 17 NFL action at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
The Arizona Cardinals look for another win to end the season on a three-game winning streak. The Arizona Cardinals have split their last six road games. Kyler Murray is completing 64.6 percent of his passes for 3,397 yards, 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Murray enters this game with 500 career pass attempts. Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk have combined for 1,408 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while David Johnson has 36 receptions. The Arizona Cardinals ground game is averaging 127.9 yards per contest, and Kenyan Drake leads the way with 583 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Arizona is allowing 27.4 points and 400.5 yards per game. Jordan Hicks leads the Arizona Cardinals with 136 tackles, Chandler Jones has 19 sacks and Patrick Peterson has two interceptions.
The Los Angeles Rams look to end the year on a high note after splitting their last 10 games. The Los Angeles Rams have split their last six home games. Jared Goff is completing 62.8 percent of his passes for 4,319 yards, 19 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. Goff has one or less touchdown passes in 11 of his last 20 games. Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp have combined for 2,129 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Tyler Higbee has 61 receptions. The Los Angeles Rams ground game is averaging 92.4 yards per contest, and Todd Gurley II leads the way with 789 yards and 12 touchdowns. Defensively, Los Angeles is allowing 22.7 points and 336.1 yards per game. Cory Littleton leads the Los Angeles Rams with 131 tackles, Aaron Donald has 12.5 sacks and John Johnson III has two interceptions.
The Cardinals are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NFC, 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 road games and 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Rams are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. NFC West, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NFC and 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games overall. The under is 9-4 in Cardinals last 13 games in December. The under is 7-3 in Rams last 10 games overall. The Cardinals are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 meetings. The favorite is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 meetings. The road team is 8-2 ATS in their last 10 meetings.
Kyler Murray probably isn't playing in this game due to a hamstring injury, which means Brett Hundley is the Cardinals starting quarterback. Still, the Cards were able to beat the Seahawks on the road last week and have been sneaky competitive all season long. The Los Angeles Rams are coming off a heartbreaking loss to the 49ers that ended their playoff hopes, and it's always interesting to see how a team gets up when they have nothing to play for in the final weeks. Either way, I lean toward the Cardinals and the free touchdown in this meaningless game. The Los Angeles Rams haven't been consistent enough to just be throwing around this sort of chalk.