2013 NFL NFC West Week 1 Odds & Point Spread: Cardinals vs. Rams Print
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Friday, 06 September 2013 16:00
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Cardinals vs. Rams Odds

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ST. LOUIS, MO (The Spread) – Two NFC West teams will square off on Sunday at 4:25PM ET as the St. Louis Rams host the Arizona Cardinals on FOX.

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St. Louis is coming off a 7-8-1 season last year where the Rams went 11-5 against the spread and split the over/under total 8-8. Arizona was 5-11 last season and 7-8-1 against the spread while hitting the under 9 times.

Trends show that these two have hit the under in 8 of their last 10 meetings and in 4 of their last 5 encounters in St. Louis. The Rams have also hit the under in 18 of their last 27 division games.

According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, St. Louis is the favorite at home, as the Rams have odds of -4.5 points against the Cardinals. The over/under total for this game has been set at 41 points (View Matchup). The opening odds for this game had St. Louis favored by 6 points. The spread reached a peak of 7 points before falling all the way back to St. Louis -4.5. The over/under total opened at 40 and hit a peak of 41.5 before settling in at 41 points.

St. Louis had a nice jump in play last season and did so behind an under-rated defense. The Rams allowed just 21.8 points and 342.6 yards per game last season and had a league-high 52 sacks. Still packed with a young and talented defense, the Rams could limit opponents this year. If the Rams’ offense improves, it could be a strong year for St. Louis. The Rams will rely on Sam Bradford to emerge as an elite QB this year. He has a number of young and fast receivers to throw to and a young running back in Daryl Richardson behind him. Bradford threw for 3,702 yards last season, but will likely need to go over 4,000 yards this year for St. Louis to take that next step.

Arizona had one of the worst offenses last season, averaging just 15.6 points per game and a league-worst 263.1 yards per game. Most of those problems were due to quarterback play, but the Cardinals hope that changes with the addition of Carson Palmer under center. That should help receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who was held to 71 receptions for 798 yards last year. Arizona also added Rashard Mendenhall at running back, but he is questionable for this game due to a knee injury. Given the offensive issues, Arizona had a decent defense last year, allowing just 22.3 points per game. The Cardinals were second in the NFL in interceptions last year, nabbing 22 on the season.

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In terms of Injuries, Arizona safety Rashad Johnson is questionable with a knee injury while St. Louis is listed as healthy for the game.

The Public Bets for this game are currently backing Arizona, as the Cardinals are getting 59% of the wagers with a point spread of +4.5 at St. Louis on Sunday.

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