The Arizona Cardinals have been the perfect definition of a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde team through three weeks.
The Los Angeles Rams are riding a modest two-game winning streak into their Week 4 NFC West divisional showdown against Arizona on Sunday. Now, let’s find out which one of these teams is offering the most value and the updated NFL betting odds.
In Depth Analysis On The NFL Week 4 Rams At Cardinals Winning Favorites
When: Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 4:25 PM
Where: University of Phoenix Stadium
NFL Odds: Arizona Cardinals -8 / Over/Under: 44
Bet The Los Angeles Rams at +8 Because…
The Los Angeles Rams have an elite defensive line and an improved offense. The Rams have won two straight since opening the season with a pitiful performance against San Francisco. Los Angeles took out Tampa Bay 37-32 in Week 3 to cover the NFL betting odds as a 3.5-point underdog one week after beating Seattle 9-3 in a low-scoring defensive battle.
The Rams are ranked an uninspiring 29th ranked in scoring at 15.3 points and a NFL worst at 262.7 total yards per game. Veteran quarterback Case Keenum has completed just 53.8 percent of his passes with two touchdowns and three interceptions and he has been sacked six times. Second-year running back Todd Gurley is leading the rushing attack, but the 2015 Offensive Rookie of the Year has been limited to just 2.9 yards per carry and two touchdowns.
Veteran wide receivers Kenny Britt and Tayvon Austin are tied for the team lead in receptions with 14. Defensively, the Rams are limiting the opposition to 21.0 points per game (12th) and have picked off one pass while recording five fumble recoveries.
Bet The Arizona Cardinals at -8 Because…
The Cardinals are desperate – and playing at home. Arizona fell to 1-2 on the season by getting smacked around in their humbling 33-18 Week 3 loss to Buffalo as 4.5-point favorite no less. The Cardinals also looked awful in their 23-21 season-opening loss against the Tom Brady-less Patriots before bouncing back to rout Tampa Bay 40-7 in between their two losses this season.
Arizona is averaging a solid 26.3 points per game to rank ninth in scoring. However, veteran signal-caller Carson Palmer has been limited to an uninspiring 57.3 percent completion rate with five touchdowns and four interceptions. Running back David Johnson is averaging a healthy 4.6 yards per carry with three touchdowns while future Hall of Fame wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald leads the team with 20 catches and three touchdowns. Defensively the Cardinals are allowing 21.0 points per game (11th) and has recorded five interceptions, four fumble recoveries and nine sacks.
Expert Prediction and Pick
Believe it or not, the Los Angeles Rams have found a way to win two straight in polar-opposite fashion and that should be encouraging to their betting backers in this one. L.A. stunned Seattle in a hard-fought 9-3 defensive battle in Week 2 before beating Tampa Bay 37-32 in a high-scoring affair on Sunday. With Arizona going 1-5 ATS in its last six home games and 2-7 ATS in its last nine home games and the Rams going 5-2 ATS in their last seven games, I like L.A. to find a way to cover the NFL betting line.