The NFC West has gone from being chastised as the “NFC Worst” to one of the best divisions in football in less than a year. The NFL Network will showcase the up-and-coming division on Thursday night in Week 5 with a battle between the undefeated Arizona Cardinals and 2-2 St. Louis Rams.
The Cardinals were fortunate to earn a victory last weekend. They trailed Miami 13-0 at the break and then needed a touchdown with 22 seconds remaining to force overtime. Jay Feely’s 46-yard boot in the extra session sealed the 24-21 win. Start your Offshore Betting action on the Arizona Cardinals vs. St. Louis Rams Game.
Arizona has been blazing since the middle of last year. They’ve won eight straight at home and 11 of 13 overall. Of those eight home wins, five came in overtime. They are used to these types of close games and it’s only making them better.
“It wasn’t pretty. We’ve got a lot of things we’ve got to correct, but there’s a lot of fight in our team,” said Ken Whisenhunt. “To be able to hang in there, make some plays at the end and win the game, it goes a long way to building confidence in what you can do.”
The Cards did not cover the Sunday spread however. The game opened at -6 but fell to as low as -4 by kickoff. We don’t often talk about defensive players moving spreads but it certainly happened with the Miami-Arizona matchup.
Todd Heap and La’Rod Stephens-Howling were inactive for Week 4 but the big-name loss was defensive end Darnell Docket. Docket means at least one point to a spread. He’s fast, athletic and long and can disrupt a number of aspects on offensive, as well as special teams. You’ll need to monitor his status.
Beanie Wells was also put on IR last week (eligible for return) so now opponents only have to gameplan for one running back. That hurts the offense immensely because I just haven’t been impressed with Ryan Williams as a runner. Defenses won’t respect him and they’ll key in on the pass.
The Dolphins did exactly that last week. They pinned their ears back and came after Kevin Kolb every play. The result was eight sacks and a near upset.
Arizona’s offensive line has all kinds of problems. And they’re not capable of keeping guys like Chris Long and Robert Quinn out of Kolb’s crotch this Thursday. Check the Offshore Betting Odds for the Arizona Cardinals vs. St. Louis Rams Game.
The Rams came away with a 19-13 “upset” win at home against Seattle last week. I use the quotations around upset because sharp bettors could see the writing on the wall. The Seahawks were on a short week off an emotional win over Green Bay — a prime letdown situation.
When St. Louis wins this year, it is going to win ugly. They were outgained in yardage (319-286) last weekend but used three interceptions and good field position to accrue points. Leaning on the defense is an understatement.
This is the youngest team in the NFL in terms of experience and average age on the roster. But I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: As long as Jeff Fisher is roaming the sidelines the Rams will have a chance to win every week.
This is setting up as another NFC West slobberknocker. Both O-lines are beyond bad. The Rams have played to the under in two straight while the Cardinals have cashed the under in three of four.
The NFL odds for this Thursday night game on the NFL Network were first available at SBG Global sportsbook. The Rams surfaced as 3-point pups with heavy juice but the early/sharp bettors pounced and now the spread is 2.5. The total opened at 38.5 and has dropped a half point.
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