Thursday Night Football Betting: Cardinals vs. Rams

October 3, 2012 NFL Football

Week 5 Thursday Night Football features the undefeated Arizona Cardinals traveling to St. Louis to take on the Rams. Gametime in the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, MO is scheduled for 8:20 PM ET, and coverage will be provided nationally by the NFL network.

The Cardinals come into this game after narrowly escaping the Miami Dolphins. They needed a 14-point fourth quarter to push the game into overtime, then won it on a Jay Feely 46-yard field goal. Miami held huge edges in passing and rushing yards, but the Cards also forced 4 Dolphins turnovers, including 2 interceptions. QB Kevin Kolb threw 28-of-48, for 324 yards, and 3 touchdowns, while WR Andre Roberts ran for 118 yards and 2 touchdowns, on just 6 catches. At 4-0 on the season, Arizona is off to their best start in 38 years.

The Rams are coming off of a close win of their own over the Seattle Seahawks, 19-13. The Hawks and Rams both scored only one touchdown each, with the game dominated by defense and field goals. K Greg Zuerlein set franchise records with 58- and 60-yard field goals for St. Louis. The Rams suffered a deficit in offensive yards, including a 179-75 deficit in rushing. They were, however, able to capitalize on 3 Seattle interceptions. Rams QB Sam Bradford threw 16-of-30, for 221 yards, while WR Danny Amendola ran for 55 yards and a touchdown on 6 catches. Start your  NFL Football Betting on Cardinals vs. Rams Game.

The underdog is 8-1-1 ATS lately in Arizona games. The Cardinals are 3-1 ATS on the season, 1-0 ATS on the road, and 0-1 ATS when listed as the favorite. The Rams are 0-5 ATS coming off of a SU win against an opponent in their division. They are 3-1 ATS on the year, and 2-0 ATS as a home underdog.

These two teams have met 20 time since 2001, with the Cardinals leading the series 12-8. Their last meeting took place in November 2011, resulting in a 23-20 Arizona victory. In that one, the Rams were 2 ½ point favorites. Another November 2011 matchup saw the Cards win 19-13 in overtime, in a game in which Arizona was favored by 3 points. Since 2007, the Cardinals are 7-2-1 ATS against St. Louis.

For Thursday night’s game, the SBG Global oddsmakers have it listed as a pick’em as of now. The line opened up at -2 ½ for Arizona, so check the NFL odds before the game for up-to-the-minute line movement info. The over/under is set at 39.

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