The clash between Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams will close the action in the NFL 2021 Week 14 on Monday evening. The hosts tied two wins in a row, and they want to lock the top spot in the division. The away side still has the chance to win the division, and they will search for a victory.
Arizona Cardinals have been pretty impressive this season, and they want to continue in the same fashion. The home side has played well lately, and they eye the third victory in a row. On the other hand, Los Angeles could get closer to their division rivals if they win, and the visitors will try to celebrate in their second straight game.
Arizona Cardinals – Can they lock the division top spot?
The Cardinals were a bit shaken in the past few weeks, but it seems they’ve found their mojo back. They head to this match after winning twice in a row and improving to a 10-2 record. Arizona comes from a 33-22 victory over the Bears last weekend, and they are on the right track to secure the top finish in the NFC West. Although the Cardinals posted only 257 yards in the offense, they did very well in the rushing game by producing 137 yards and a pair of scores.
Kyler Murray has thrown for 2,399 yards this season, with 19 TDs and seven picks, while the opponent defenders sacked him 19 times. James Conner has been the best in the ground game with 630 yards and 12 touchdowns, while Chase Edmonds and Kyler Murray have combined for 636 rushing yards and six scores. Christian Kirk leads the receiving corps with 632 yards and four touchdown receptions, while A.J. Green and DeAndre Hopkins have produced 500+ receiving yards each. On the other hand, Jordan Hicks has been the leading defender with 95 total tackles, while Markus Golden logged ten sacks.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): James Conner, DeAndre Hopkins, A.J. Green, Christian Kirk, Zach Ertz, D.J. Humphries, Sean Harlow, Rodney Hudson, Josh Jones, Kelvin Beachum
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Jordan Phillips, Corey Peters, Zach Allen, Chandler Jones, Jordan Hicks, Isaiah Simmons, Markus Golden, Byron Murphy Jr., Jalen Thompson, Budda Baker, Robert Alford
Quarter Back: Kyler Murray
Kicker: Matt Prater
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Los Angeles Rams – Will they stay in the top-spot race?
The Rams managed to end their three-game losing streak by beating the Jaguars 37-7 last weekend. That poor run moved them away from the NFC West to spot, and they are now two wins behind their upcoming rivals. Prior to the latest game, Los Angeles had defensive issues, allowing 28+ points in all three defeats. Nevertheless, they held Jacksonville to only 197 yards, while Matthew Stafford led their way to the victory by passing for 290 yards on 26-38 with three touchdowns.
The Rams’ first-choice quarterback has thrown for 3,611 yards so far, with 30 scores and nine picks, while he was sacked 17 times. Darrell Henderson Jr has been excellent in the ground game with 648 yards and five TDs, while Sony Michel has rushed for 426 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Cooper Kupp has been the most dominant receiver with 1,366 yards and 11 TD receptions, while Van Jefferson and Robert Woods have combined for 1,177 receiving yards and nine scores. On defense, Jordan Fuller has 90 total tackles, while Leonard Floyd sacked the opponent’s quarterbacks eight times.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Darrell Henderson Jr., Cooper Kupp, Odell Beckham Jr., Van Jefferson, Tyler Higbee, Andrew Whitworth, David Edwards, Coleman Shelton, Austin Corbett, Rob Havenstein
Expected Line-Up (Defense): A’Shawn Robinson, Greg Gaines, Aaron Donald, Leonard Floyd, Ernest Jones, Troy Reeder, Von Miller, Darious Williams, Jordan Fuller, Taylor Rapp, Jalen Ramsey
Quarter Back: Matthew Stafford
Kicker: Matt Gay
Expert Pick #1 – Arizona Cardinals -2 @-110
It is going to be a close matchup, but I’m going to stick with the Cardinals here. They managed to beat the Rams on the road earlier this season, and I expect them to secure the top spot in the division. Therefore, I’m taking Arizona ATS as my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 52 @-110
Both teams have been pretty productive this season, and I expect a good offensive display of these two sides. In their latest clash, they managed to gain 400+ yards in the offense each. I’m going with the Over as the second bet for this game.
Expert Pick #3 – Cardinals Over 27.5 @-105
The Cardinals lost in their previous two home games, but I see them producing at least 28 points here. Los Angeles allowed 30+ points in their last two outings, and I’ll back the hosts to be efficient at the odds of -105.