NFL Week 10 Prediction – St. Louis Vs. ArizonaJosh Bailey
I am a believer in the Arizona Cardinals (7-1, 1st in NFC West) for the first time since their ill fated Super Bowl run. They are 7-1 with QB Carson Palmer healthy and in sync with his receivers. Throw in the fifth best defense in the league and you have a recipe for a Super Bowl run.
Arizona has remained grounded yet confident amid its success this season.
"I don’t see any cockiness in our football team," head coach Bruce Arians said. "I see a true belief we’re going to win every week."
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) November 6, 2014
I have to use the cliche "expect the unexpected" with the visiting St. Louis Rams (3-5, 4th in NFC West) who beat the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks on the strength of their special teams and the San Francisco 49ers on a last minute goal-line stand.
Matchup: St. Louis Rams vs. Arizona Cardinals
Date: November 9th
Kick Off: 4:25 pm ET
Location: Glendale, Ariz.
Stadium: University of Phoenix Stadium
TV Info: Fox
Live Stream: NFL.com
Radio: St. Louis vs. Arizona
Point Spread: Arizona -8
Moneyline: St Louis +265 Vs. Arizona -325
Rams Vs. Cardinals NFL Week 10 Prediction
If there ever was a blue collar team in the NFL its Arizona Cardinals. They work as a team and neither the team or any player stands out on the stats sheet like you would expect with a 7-1 squad. But Arians and his staff have done a masterful job of getting the very most out of their players.
As a team, they rank 23rd in total offense and 19th in total defense. However, they do all of the important things right. The Cardinals are fifth in third-down defense, fifth in takeaways, second in giveaways and second in turnover differential. Todd Bowles‘ defense blitzes early and often, not always coming up with sacks but forcing big plays nonetheless.
Well aware the Super Bowl will be played at Arizona’s home stadium, Arians is raising the expectations of his team. "Put a ring on your finger and don’t let anybody dress in your locker in February," he said. Currently the Cards are listed at +1100 to win the 2015 Super Bowl behind power house teams like Denver, New England, Green Bay and Seattle. A mere 8 weeks ago everyone but the most loyal Cards fans had dismissed this team’s championship dreams.
The surprise team of 2014, the St. Louis Rams hosted the Seattle Seahawks in Week 7 and walked away with a surprising 28-26 victory after a genius special teams trick play. To top that, the Rams traveled to San Francisco this past week to take on the 49ers where St. Louis shocked the Levi’s Stadium crowd by winning the game by forcing a goal-line fumble by Colin Kaepernick with just seconds left on the clock.
— St. Louis Rams (@STLouisRams) November 5, 2014
If the Cardinals don’t take the gutsy Rams seriously for a full four quarters they could be in for a shock as St. Louis is well versed in upsetting the aforementioned NFC West teams.
The Cardinals have forced nine turnovers during their current five-game win streak and sport a +10 turnover margin, so expect pleanty fo disguised coverages and blitzes to keep the Rams QB 28th-ranked offense guessing.
The only way St Louis has a prayer in this game is if their defense duplicates its effort from last week, where they sacked 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick eight times and forced two fumbles.
The Cardinals can’t keep their torrid pace up. They will hit a few roadblocks in the remainder of the 2014 NFL betting season, but not this week. The Rams lack the offensive firepower will make this a one sided affair and make fantasy football owners of the Cards DST very happy.
Final Score: Arizona: 21, Rams: 10