Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams: Preview and Pick
5 Replies | 328 ViewsOn 09/02/2013 10:44 AM in NFL
The NFL season kicks off this weekend and the game between the Arizona Cardinals and the St. Louis Rams will feature two teams that are looking for respect. The Rams and the Cardinals both have teams that have plenty of talent, yet they are both being overlooked in favor of Super Bowl favorites, the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks. The winner will hope to change the minds of people who have already ruled them out.
Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams Odds
The point spread opened for this game with the Rams as (-5.5) point favorites. That line has been slowly bet down leading up to kickoff and can be found as low as (-4) at several top rated online sportsbooks. One of the reasons this number is getting lower is due to the inspired play of the Cardinals in the preseason.
The Cardinals brought in veteran signal caller Carson Palmer in the offseason and they believe they have finally found the quarterback that they have been lacking over the years. Palmer has already built chemistry with super star wide out Larry Fitzgerald who is expected to have a resurgence this season. The Cardinals have also had some early output from young wide out Michael Floyd who has been a great compliment to Fitzgerald.
The Cardinals also bolstered their defense and special teams by bringing in Tyrann Mathieu, also known as the Honey Badger. These additions could make the Cardinals a team to respect in the NFC West. The Rams are hoping that they are the team that will get noticed.
Head coach Jeff Fisher has built up the offense around quarterback Sam Bradford. Fisher started with protection by nabbing Jake Long from the Dolphins to play on the offensive line. He then moved up in the draft to nab Tavon Austin. This offense is now on par with an already stout defense.
The football betting trends for this game reveal several great angles for this match up. The Cardinals are 5-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last 6 games in Week 1 and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in September.
The Rams are 7-0 ATS in their last seven against the NFC West and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall, but they are just 18-37-2 ATS in their last 57 games in September. Both of these teams are eager to make a statement in week one, but only one team can emerge with the victory.
Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams Pick
With plenty of time to go before the start of the regular season, I will wait to release my pick on this game until we get closer to game day.