NFL Week 2: Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams, Betting Odds
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🏈: Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams
⏰: Sun. Sep 16, 2018 4:05 PM ET
🏟️: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
🎰: Los Angeles Rams -13 -110 | -1000 | U 45 -110
The Cards looked pretty good in the preseason under first-year head coach Steve Wilks, but they never showed up in their humbling 24-6 Week 1 loss to Washington last weekend. Sam Bradford was limited to 20 of 34 passing for 153 yards with no touchdowns and one interception and Arizona was held to just 68 rushing yards in the loss.
“We had three possessions in the first half and we’re down 21-0 at halftime,” Bradford said. “It’s tough on the defense, it’s tough on the offense.”
Arizona had no answer for veteran quarterback Alex Smith and future Hall of Fame running back Adrian Peterson who combined for three touchdowns. The Cards were nearly shut out until running back David Johnson scored from two yards out with just under six minutes remaining in regulation.
Johnson, who signed a three-year, $39 million contract extension with Arizona on Saturday night with $30 million guaranteed, rushed nine times for 37 yards and caught five passes for an additional 30 yards.
“I’m not even thinking about the contract,” he said. “I’m thinking about the loss and what I did wrong, the mental errors, dropped catches and how bad I played.”
Los Angeles Rams
The Rams rolled all over the Oakland Raiders in their 33-13 season-opening win over the Raiders on Monday night. Quarterback Jared Goff passed for 233 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions while running back Todd Gurley rushed for 108 yards on 20 carries while catching three passes for an additional 39 yards and one touchdown.
“There was a little bit of feeling it out, seeing what they’re going to do, seeing what their scheme is,” Goff said. “I thought our defense did a great job of responding as well as our offense. I still don’t think we played up to our standards in the first half. Think the second half, we came out and we did.”
The Rams picked off Oakland’s Derek Carr three times in the win.
Expert Pick and Prediction
While I really like Arizona’s hiring of Steve Wilks as their head coach, it’s crystal clear that the Cards are in the very beginning stages of a rebuild. As a matter of fact, by the time Arizona is ready to win again, I suspect that first round draft pick Josh Rosen will be under center and Sam Bradford will be a forgotten memory.
This pick is as easy as pie NFL betting enthusiasts. Don’t let the high spread perturb you. The Cardinals are 2-6 ATS in their last eight road games while the favorite in this rivalry has gone 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings. The Rams are the far better team on both sides of the ball and the Super Bowl hopefuls are the pick to win and cover the chalk.
Predicted Score: Rams 38 Cardinals 14