[4:25 PM] Rams @ Cardinals

Who will WIN this matchup?

Los Angeles Rams (2-1)

@ Arizona Cardinals (1-2)


Current odds:

Los Angeles Rams: (+330)

Arizona Cardinals: (-420)


ESPN simulations have Arizona as XX% favorites to win the game.

XX% of sports bets are currently on Arizona to win as (XX) favorites.

The line for this game is Cardinals by 8 points.

The Arizona Cardinals were touted as one of the preseason favorites to reach the Super Bowl, but they are off to a slow start and look to rebound from a humbling defeat when they host the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday in an NFC West matchup. The Cardinals dropped to 1-2 when they were bludgeoned 33-18 at previously winless Buffalo last weekend.

After ranking last in total offense in 2015 and managing only three field goals through the first two games, Los Angeles snapped out of its doldrums in Tampa Bay. Running back Todd Gurley got in the end zone twice on a pair of 1-yard touchdowns, but he averaging only 2.9 yards per carry as defenses continue to stack the box and dare quarterback Case Keenum to beat them. Keenum threw for his first two scoring passes of the season and 190 yards against the Buccaneers, but he lacks a go-to wide receiver and is completing 53.8 percent of his passes with 559 yards overall through three games. The Rams have a devastating force in defensive tackle Aaron Donald while defensive end Robert Quinn is returning to form after playing in only eight games last season.

Although Palmer established career highs in touchdown passes (35), yards (4,671) and quarterback rating (104.6) last season, he has been picked off 12 times in his last seven games (playoffs included) since injuring a finger on his throwing hand in Week 15 last season. Running back David Johnson was one of the few constants on offense last week with 83 yards rushing and a pair of touchdown runs while speedster John Brown finally emerged with six receptions for 70 yards after catching one ball in each of the first two games. As they prepare to face a run-heavy Los Angeles offense, the Cardinals need to tighten up a rush defense that was gouged for 208 yards by LeSean McCoy and Buffalo and ranked 28th in the league at 133.0 yards per game.

Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson has an interception in three of the last four matchups versus the Rams.

Gurley rushed for 146 yards at Arizona last season in his first career start but was limited to 41 yards in the rematch.

Palmer threw for 356 yards and two TDs in a 27-3 romp over the Rams in December.


StreakSmarts Pick: Arizona Cardinals

Confidence: 7/10

StreakSmarter Pick