Week 14 Monday Night Football: Los Angeles Rams vs Arizona Cardinals Odds, Predictions, and Best Bets
There will be a clash of giants tonight in the NFC as the Los Angeles Rams (8-4) face off against the Arizona Cardinals (10-2) in this week’s edition of Monday Night Football. Both teams come into this game comfortably positioned as playoff contenders, but the Rams will be looking to make up some ground as they currently sit two games behind the Cardinals in the race for the NFC West. Despite QB Matt Stafford’s high form all season, the Rams come into this matchup winning only one of their last four, and losing ATS in five of their last six. On the other hand, the Cardinals come into play amidst a two-game winning streak, covering the spread in both of those games.
Here are my best bets for tonight’s game, including who I think will win, who will cover, and some prop bets to sprinkle in for a more successful evening.
Pick 1: Cardinals Moneyline (-130)
I know it’s a bit chalk, but -130 are great Moneyline odds for a home team that has the best record in the conference. The last time these two teams faced off was Week 4, and the Cardinals blew the Rams out in LA 37-20. Add on the fact that Matt Stafford came into this season with an 8-68 record against teams that finished the season with a winning record, and you have yourself what could be a nightmare night for the Rams. Now did Stafford play like an 8-68 quarterback in those games? No, of course not–but it’s hard to ignore the fact that Stafford has only ever beaten a 10 win team 5 times in his 12-year career.
The Cardinals have been on the opposite side of that coin this year, amassing a record of 5-1 against teams that are currently at or above .500. I love the Cardinals in this game, and unfortunately for Stafford, I see his trend continuing.
Pick 2: Cardinals to score First (-118)
The Cardinals have scored the first touchdown in 10 of their 12 games, while the Rams have only scored the first touchdown in 6 of their 12 games. While this kind of bet is always a bit of a coin flip (and can literally be decided by who wins the coin flip) I’m a man of statistics and data, so I’m hoping the numbers continue to tell me the truth and the Cardinals find the endzone first. Take note that the Rams have only given up 5 first-quarter touchdowns, so you may have to sweat this one out a bit if you end up taking it.
Pick 3: Odell Beckham Under 45.5 Receiving Yards (-105)/Tyler Higbee Over 35.5 Receiving Yards (-105)
I think this is a ‘hype’ number for Odell–he only caught 2 balls last week for a total of 28 yards, and the Cardinals will definitely keep a man on him all game to make sure that doesn’t improve. Where I think the money is in these player props is with Tyler Higbee, who’s tallied over 35.5 yards in 7 games so far this season. The Cardinals have allowed over 35.5 yards to opposing tight ends in their last two games, and I feel like Higbee can be a huge RedZone target for Stafford in this game.
All in all, here’s what my card will look like going into tonight’s game:
Cardinals ML (-130)
Cardinals first to score (-118)
Odell Beckham Under 45.5 yards (-105)
Tyler Higbee Over 35.5 yards (-105)
Kyler Murray anytime touchdown scorer (+230)
Matthew Stafford to have more Passing Yards than Kyler Murray (-162)