The Los Angeles Rams and Arizona Cardinals travel across the pond this week to meet in an NFC West showdown. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 PM EST on Sunday, October 22 at Twickenham Stadium in London, England. The game will be televised on FOX.
Oddsmakers currently have the Rams listed as 3 point favorites. Early betting has moved the line only slighty, as Los Angeles opened at -2. The over/under for the game is 47.5 points. Click here for a full list of the Week 7 betting odds and links to more game previews.
Cardinals vs Rams Vegas Game Odds & Betting Predictions
Arizona is coming off an impressive against Tampa Bay last weekend that pushed them back to .500 on the season. Newly acquired Adrian Peterson looked great in his Cardinals debut, as he rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns after being basically invisible in New Orleans. If Peterson continues to perform at that level moving forward, Arizona will be an extremely dangerous team. It looked like their season was a write-off after David Johnson went down in Week 1, but the emergence of Peterson will certainly provide much needed balance for Carson Palmer. Palmer, who is certainly starting to look his age, had a rebound performance against the Bucs. He threw for almost 300 yards while adding three touchdown passes to three different receivers. Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown, and J.J. Nelson all have game-breaking ability – assuming that Palmer can muster the arm strength to stretch the field. Defensively, Arizona has definitely taken a step back this year. After being one of the elite units league-wide for several seasons, the Cardinals are giving up an average of 340.7 total yards per game while allowing opponents to average 26.3 points per game. Their rushing defense has continued to look strong but their weak secondary has been exposed time and time again. Patrick Peterson isn’t the player he once was and that’s a large reason why Arizona is giving up an average of 250+ yards passing per game.
Los Angeles improved to 4-2 on the season after outlasting the Jaguars on the road last weekend. QB Jared Goff managed the game well enough to create enough room for RB Todd Gurley to continue his resurgence. Gurley, who burst into the league several years ago, really struggled for much of the 2016 season. However, the departure of former coach Jeff Fisher really seemed to reinvigorate this entire offense. Goff has looked much improved while Gurley has certainly looked drastically better as well. If Sammy Watkins can figure out a way to showcase his immense talent week in and week out, this Rams team will be a force to be reckoned with. On the other side of the ball, Los Angeles has eerily similar numbers to their opponent this week. LA is allowing an average of 350+ total yards per game while giving up an average of 23.0 points per game. Their secondary has looked slightly better than Arizona’s, but the Rams have given up an average of 130+ rushing yards per game which is a concern.
Free NFL Betting Prediction: Arizona +3
The Cardinals looked like a totally different team last week with the addition of Adrian Peterson. Palmer finally has some balance back on offense which has allowed him to throw the ball more effectively. These two teams really do look fairly evenly matched – there also shouldn’t be a home field advantage considering the game is being played in the United Kingdom. I’m expecting a close game that will come down to which team can handle the distraction of travelling overseas better. Apparently Arizona arrived in London much earlier in the week than the Rams did. This makes me lean towards taking the points and siding with the Cardinals.
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The Rams are also 0-5 ATS in their past five games within the division and 1-10-1 ATS in their last 12 games against the NFC. Arizona has also owned Los Angeles recently, going 6-2 ATS in their last 8 meetings. I’m expecting another big game from Adrian Peterson in his second start for the Cardinals. Look for this one to stay close while Arizona manages to cover or win outright.