The St Louis Rams travel to the Arizona desert December 5th to take on an Arizona Cardinals team that refuses to drop off the radar as an NFL Playoff contender. If the Arizona Cardinals exhibit as much effort as they did in the Monday Night Football game against the San Francisco 49ers they may as well stay home. The 3-8 Arizona Cardinals starting quarterback, Derek Anderson melted down at the press conference after the humiliating home defeat.
The St Louis Rams won their first road game of the season against another NFL team that is phoning in the remainder of the season, the Denver Broncos. Sam Bradford, the St Louis Rams starting quarterback, made the bold statement a few weeks ago on the sidelines and the comment was caught by an NFL Films crew. Bradford told a teammate, “We can win the division if we can find a way to win on the road. We just need to win on the road.”
St Louis Rams Defense vs Arizona Cardinals Offense
The St Louis Rams defense has been underrated this season and they have been plugging away at steady click all season. The St Louis Rams defense allows just over 100 yards per game and they are holding opposing quarterbacks to 230 yards per game. The Rams defense is young but they are also fast. Their leader James Laurinaitis is young but one of the smartest defensive players in the NFL. He is also one of the hardest hitters in the NFL.
Derek Anderson and his Arizona Cardinals offense has struggled most of this season. The quarterback musical chairs and the curious release of Matt Leinert has been the catalyst to this demolition to a recent Super Bowl team. The running game could be an asset to the Arizona Cardinals if they would give it more time but they have not created a solid game plan. The St Louis Rams defense has the edge over the unraveling Arizona Cardinals offense.
St Louis Rams Offense vs Arizona Cardinals Defense
The St Louis Rams offense is led by rookie Sam Bradford. Bradford has done more with less than some of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. The talent level of Bradford’s receivers is at the lower end of the NFL spectrum. The one savior for Bradford on this St Louis Rams offense is Steven Jackson. Jackson is one of the top five running backs in the NFL and a major reason for Bradford’s success.
The Arizona Cardinals defense lost Karlos Dansby last season and Joey Porter found his way to the desert to take his place. If this were a trade it would be called the most lopsided trade in history. Porter has aged by the say in the hot desert sun of Phoenix and is no longer a top NFL linebacker.
Watching Porter on Monday Night Football was telling. Porter was huffing and puffing in the third quarter and used up by the fourth quarter. The St Louis Rams offense has the edge over the Arizona Cardinals defense.
St Louis Rams -2.5 vs Arizona Cardinals: Pick Against the Spread & Breakdown
The Las Vegas Hilton Superbook has posted the visiting St Louis Rams as a 2.5 point favorite over the Arizona Cardinals. The St Louis Rams are 4-1 against the spread on the road and this is their second consecutive road game. The Arizona Cardinals are playing their second consecutive home game as an underdog and they are 1-4 against the spread at home. This game is simple. Take the St Louis Rams -2.5 over the Arizona Cardinals.
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