The Arizona Cardinals look for their sixth win in a row as they visit NFC West division rival St. Louis Rams. The NFL week 13 odds favor Cardinals by 5.5-points to beat the Rams. The game kicks off on FOX this Sunday at 1 PM ET from the Edward Jones Dome.
The two squads faced off in Week 4 when the Rams came away with a 24-22 victory. Since then fortunes have shifted for St. Louis who is in a steep downward spiral, while the confident Cardinals are can taste a first-round bye in the playoffs.
A Closer Look At The Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams NFL Week 13 Betting Odds, My Predictions, Pick & Betting Tips
What: Arizona Cardinals (9-2) at St. Louis Rams (4-7)
When: Sunday, December 6, 2015
Kickoff: 1:00 PM ET
Where: Saint Louis, MO
Stadium: Edward Jones Dome
Spread: Cardinals -5.5
Moneyline: Arizona -265 vs St. Louis +200
Game Total: 43
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Listen: Arizona vs St. Louis
If You Are Betting On The Arizona Cardinals Odds At -5.5
The Arizona Cardinals are 9-2 straight up and 6-5 against the spread this season. They average 32.3 points (1st), 294.8 passing yards (4th) and 115.2 rushing yards (12th) per game. Last week, they barely squeaked past the struggling San Francisco 49ers by a 19-13 score.
QB Carson Palmer (3337 yards, 27 TDs & 9 INTs) completed only 24 of his 40 passes for 271 yards against the Niners last week. Palmer did run for the go-ahead 8-yard touchdown with 2:28 left and tumbled after spiking the ball.
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) December 1, 2015
“The last drive was kind of indicative of the way the day was, Carson stumbling and bumbling into the end zone. Horrible spike, missed extra point,” wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald said. “It wasn’t pretty. But I’ve been around enough to know that any way you can get a win is a good one.”
WR Larry Fitzgerald (83 rec, 992 yards, 7 TDs) has scored only one touchdown over the last five games, including a three straight drought he hopes to snap this week. John Brown (45 rec, 704 yards, 4 TDs) caught five of seven targets for 99 yards against San Fran.
RB Chris Johnson (196 att, 814 yards, 3 TDs) suffered a fractured tibia in his left leg against the Ninersand is most likely out for the remainder of the season. RB Andre Ellington (36 att, 247 yards, 3 TDs) is suffering from a turf toe and is day to day. That leaves third-round pick rookier rusher David Johnson (35 att, 139 yards, 4 TDs) out of Northern Iowa as the starter. He also has three TDs through the air but has fumbled a total of three times.
”It’s very exciting. I can’t wait, man,” he said after Wednesday’s practice. ”I’m blessed, I’m just very glad to have this opportunity to help out the team.”
Arizona’s defense allows 20.8 points (10th), 235.0 passing yards (10th) and 91.1 rushing yards (4th) per game. Deone Bucannon has 76 tackles, Dwight Freeney has three sacks, and Tyrann Mathieu has 14 passes deflected and four interceptions.
If You Are Betting On The St. Louis Rams Odds At +5.5
The St. Louis Rams are 4-7 straight up and 4-6-1 against the spread this season. They average 16.9 points (31st), 180.9 passing yards (32nd) and 123.1 rushing yards (7th) per game. Last week, they lost by a 31-7 score at the hands of the Bengals, pushing their losing streak to four, in large part because their offense ranks last in the league in passing.
In that game, the Rams switched quarterbacks, but Case Keenum (136 yards, 1 TDs & 0 INT) got a head injury during a 16-13 loss in Baltimore and was limited in practice. QB Nick Foles (1906 yards, 7 TDs & 9 INTs), who started the first nine games, returned. He went on to complete 30 of 46 passes for 228 yards, zero touchdowns, and three interceptions in the losing effort.
In the Rams previous meeting against the Cards, Foles had his best game of the year. He threw for three TDs, two to Tavon Austin, He finished with a 126.9 passer rating. That contest marked rookie rusher Todd Gurley’s first start, and the rookie ran 19 times for 146 yards.
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) November 29, 2015
That was the first of four straight 100-yard efforts for Gurley (164 att, 794 yards, 6 TDs), who is averaging 54.8 yards in four games since after a 19-yard, nine-carry effort last Sunday. Last week, he failed to score a touchdown for the first time since meeting against the Cardinals in week four.
WR Kenny Britt (24 rec, 404 yards, 1 TD) leads the team in receiving yards. TE Jared Cook (30 rec, 379 yards, 0 TD) and WR Austin (37 rec, 343 yards, 4 TDs) complete a great trio of pass catchers, but without a steady hand under-center their ceiling is capped.
St. Louis’ defense allows 20.9 points (11th), 230.0 passing yards (8th) and 111.0 rushing yards (21st) per game. James Laurinaitis has 83 tackles, Aaron Donald has seven sacks, and Trumaine Johnson has four interceptions.
Betting Trends Related To This Matchup:
- Arizona Cardinals 4-2 On Road this season
- Arizona Cardinals 9-6 On Road since last season
- St. Louis Rams 6-7 At Home since last season
- St. Louis Rams 2-4 As Underdog or PK this season
- St. Louis Rams 8-9 As Underdog or PK since last season
- Arizona Cardinals 5-3 As Road Favorite since last season
- Arizona Cardinals 4-2 O-U On Road this season
- Arizona Cardinals 8-6-1 O-U On Road since last season
- Arizona Cardinals 4-3 O-U When Line was 41.5 to 44.5 since last season
- St. Louis Rams 3-2 O-U When Line was 41.5 to 44.5 this season
- St. Louis Rams 9-6 O-U When Line was 41.5 to 44.5 since last season
- Arizona Cardinals 4-1 O-U vs Teams Averaging <21 PPG this season
- Arizona Cardinals 5-4-1 O-U vs Teams Averaging <21 PPG since last season
The Cardinals are 13-4 ATS in their last 17 games following an ATS loss, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite, 18-8 ATS in their last 26 games following a straight up win, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games in Week 13, 17-6 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games in December.
The Rams are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games as a favorite, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games in Week 13, 1-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record, 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 home games vs. a team with a winning road record, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in December, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. NFC and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
My NFL Week 13 Betting Pick: Cardinals -5.5.
PLAYERS OUT OR DOUBTFUL:
- Arizona: Chris Johnson, Andre Ellington, Daryl Washington, Alani Fua.
- St. Louis: Stedman Bailey, Nick Toon, Alec Ogletree.