Thursday Night Football Features Cardinals at Rams

Rams player catching football while being tackled by 49ers playerThis Thursday, the 11th of December, in Week 15, we have the 10-3 Arizona Cardinals (1st NFC West) traveling to play the 6-7 St. Louis Rams (4th NFC West). The game will be played at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri at 8:25 PM ET and will be televised on NFL TV. Currently, the Rams are favored at -4 ½ with the Ov/Un at 39 ½ and the ML -220, and the comeback ML +180 for the Cardinals.

Coming into this game the 10-3 Cards have averaged scoring some 21.2 points per game, while the 6-7 Rams are averaging some 21.9 points per game. The Cards defense is allowing their opponents to score some 18.3 points each game, while the Rams defense has allowed their opponents 21.9 points per game, thus it's easy to see why their record is 6-7. The Cards are 7-0 in home games and 3-3 in their road games, while the Rams are 3-3 at home and 3-4 when on the road.

On offense the Cardinals are averaging 325 yards per game, with 246 passing and 80 rushing, while the Rams averaged some 317 yards per game, with 208 passing and some 109 rushing yards. On defense the Cards have allowed the opponents some 355 yards per game, with 263 passing and 92 rushing yards, while the Rams defense has allowed their opponents 345 yards per game, with 240 passing and 105 rushing yards each game.

The Cardinals have struggled since their starting QB Palmer had a season ending injury some 30 days ago in their last game with the Rams, but they have been able to stay on top of the NFC ratings. However, having lost two of their last three games, they badly need a win in this Thursday night match-up with the Rams, especially since its December and they only have two games left in the regular season, and those two games, with Seattle and San Francisco are difficult games forthcoming. Last week the Cardinals avoided a third straight loss beating the Chiefs 17-14, thus were able to maintain a one game lead over Seattle who they lost to back on the 23rd of November, and play again next weekend the 21st of Dec.2014.

The Rams also need a win, as after this game with the Cards, they also have to face New York Giants and Seattle in their last two regular season games with seeking a slot in the playoffs. Since their last game with the Cardinals which the Rams lost, they have 3 wins and 1 loss to the Chargers 27-24. In their last meeting with Arizona the Rams held the Cards to 28 yards rushing on 22 attempts, and in their last six games they have won 4 of those games while allowing opponents to an average of 58.7 yards rushing. Their defense in the last two games has made 13 sacks to opponents quarterbacks.

So football fanatics who like to bet on NFL football at an online sportsbook enjoy this game and watch for the upcoming NFL week 16 odds as the Rams now 6-7 play at home against the New York Giants now 4-9 (3rd NFC East) on Dec. the 21st at 4:05 PM ET on Fox TV. Meanwhile the Arizona Cardinals now 10-3 play at home against the Seattle Seahawks now 9-4 (2nd NFC West) with the game also on the 21st of Dec.2014 at 8:30 PM ET and on NBC TV.