The Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams have new starting quarterbacks this season but the Cardinals are still considered the better team and they are favored in football betting on Sunday.
The Cardinals are four-point favorites in NFL football betting on the road at St. Louis.
The Cardinals will be going with Derek Anderson at quarterback after getting rid of Matt Leinart. The Rams are set to go with rookie Sam Bradford at quarterback.
Are the Rams Worth a Shot? The Rams are not going to be as bad as they were last season but are they worth taking on Sunday? They are getting four points at home and with Bradford at quarterback they do look better. Bradford is a very accurate quarterback who doesn’t make many mistakes. He is still a rookie though and rookies do tend to struggle. And the Rams are still a bad team. The question is whether they can beat an Arizona team that looks weaker than last year.
The football betting line at Sbgglobal has the Rams as four-point underdogs with the total at 39. The last time the Rams and Cardinals met it was a 31-10 Arizona win. Is St. Louis improved enough to hang with the Cardinals this time?
Weaker Arizona Team – The Cardinals lost a lot in the off-season. They no longer have Kurt Warner who retired and they let Anquan Boldin, Karlos Dansby and Antrel Rolle get away. They did add Kerry Rhodes in the secondary and they are hoping that rookie Daryl Washington can replace Dansby. They did nothing to replace Boldin and Derek Anderson is not Kurt Warner. The Cardinals may still win this game but it should be closer than it was last season.
Betting Trends – The Cardinals are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 vs. the NFC West but they are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Rams are 9-20 ATS in their last 29 home games. The Rams are 7-21 against the NFL football betting line in their last 28 vs. the NFC West. If you are looking at the total then keep in mind that the under is 5-1 in the Cardinals last 6 vs. the NFC West and the under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between the two teams.