Cardinals vs. Rams Toal Prediction
NFC West rivals meet in L.A. on Sunday when the Rams host the Arizona Cardinals at 4:05 p.m. ET. Given Arizona’s hapless offensive effort a week ago in its loss to the Redskins, will their game versus the Rams on Sunday fall under the total.
4:05 p.m. ET, Sunday, September 16
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Rams are 13-point favorites to beat the Cardinals. The total, meanwhile, sits at 49 points. As of this writing, 62% of the public betting tickets are on the Rams to cover the point spread.
David Johnson (back) practiced again on Thursday. Johnson figures to get slapped with another "limited" tag. Per in-house writer Darren Urban, Johnson was "hitting the blocking sled plenty hard." The issue could explain why Johnson barely saw the field in the second half of last week's blowout loss to the Redskins. There has been little indication it will be a concern for Week 2 against the Rams.
Los Angeles Rams
Jared Goff completed 18-of-33 passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns in the Rams' Week 1 win over the Raiders. The Rams' offense understandably sputtered out the gates after having sat the entire preseason. Goff still found a way to produce in the first half, recording a 19-yard touchdown to Todd Gurley on a shovel pass. His second score was a beautifully designed play inside the 10-yard line that resulted in a Cooper Kupp score in the flats. Goff wasn't needed in the fourth quarter as Los Angeles simply played defense and fed the ball to Gurley to ice the game. It was still a promising outing for the 23-year-old, who will see better game scripts in the coming weeks.
NFL Betting Trends
The over is 13-5 in the Cardinals’ last 18 road games.
The over is 8-1 in the Rams’ last nine games versus a team with a losing record.
It was a pretty dismal showing by the Cardinals’ offense last week but the Rams surrendered 6.2 yards per play a week ago to the Raiders despite blowing Oakland out. Meanwhile, the Rams gained 6.1 yards per play against Oakland’s suspect defense and should move the ball again on Sunday. I like the over.
NFL Week 2 Prediction: Cardinals/Rams over 45