On NFL Wild Card Monday, two NFC West teams play, the Rams vs. the Cardinals. At least after Monday, the Seattle Seahawks won’t be the only NFC West team not playing any more football this season.
WynnBet has the Rams favored by 4 points at home. Most of the time, home teams get about 3 points so WynnBet expects this game to be really close. And it should. The two teams split their head-to-head this year with the road team winning each game. On Monday, Arizona travels to Los Angeles so based on recent history, that might bode well for the Cardinals.
And whichever quarterback’s team gets the victory will mean the first playoff win for that quarterback. Kyler Murray for Arizona didn’t make the playoffs his first two years in the league while Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford is 0-3 in three playoff performances.
NFL Wild Card: Staff predictions for the Rams against the Cardinals
Both teams can chase down quarterbacks – the Rams were third in the NFL in sacks with 50 while the Cardinals were 13th with 41. One big difference that might decide the game is that the Rams are better against the run than Arizona (12s know this is true as Rashaad Penny ran all over the Cardinals in Week18).
Los Angeles is 7th in yards-allowed-per-rush at 4.0 but Arizona is 28th at 4.6. Los Angeles might not have to rely on Stafford to win this game as Los Angeles might simply control the game by running Sony Michel quite a bit.
Staff predictions for Rams and Cardinals
Geoff Schull: Rams 28 Cardinals 17
Todd Vandenberg: Cardinals 26 Rams 23
Jake Luppino: Rams 31 Cardinals 21
Carson Schroer: Rams 30 Cardinals 27
Andrew Bailie: Rams 34 Cardinals 31
Max Downard: Rams 24 Cardinals 21
Lee Vowell: Rams 20 Cardinals 17