- The Los Angeles Rams host the Arizona Cardinals in the first-ever Monday Night Football Wild Card game
- Wild Card Record: 1-4, -2.13 units; Regular Season Record: 23-55, -10.68 units
- See the best Cardinals vs Rams props ahead of kickoff at 8:15 pm EST on Monday Night Football
For the first time, Super Wild Card Weekend will spill over into Monday Night, and it features an NFC West matchup.
The Cardinals started off red-hot, but sputtered down the stretch. Following their bye, ‘Zona went 2-4, squandering a 9-2 start, finishing at 11-6.
For their troubles, they get to face the Rams for a third time. LA was in a bit of a tailspin themselves before a Week 14 win over Arizona put them in the driver’s seat for the division.
Kick-off for the final meeting between these two is set for 8:15 pm EST on Monday night from SoFi Stadium.
Cardinals vs Rams Props
|Quarterback||Completions||Passing Yards||Passing TD|
|Kyler Murray, ARI||23.5 (O -110 / U -120)||253.5 (O -115 / U -115)||1.5 (O +110 / U -150)|
|Matthew Stafford, LAR||23.5 (O -120 / U -110)||272.5 (O -115 / U -115)||1.5 (O -215 / U +160)|
|Player||Rushing Attempts||Rushing Yards||Rushing + Receiving Yards|
|Kyler Murray, ARI||6.5 (O -110 / U -120)||38.5 (O -115 / U -115)||296.5 (O -115 / U -115)*|
|Sony Michel, LAR||N/A||56.5 (O -115 / U -115)||68.5 (O -115 / U -115)|
|Matthew Stafford, LAR||N/A||1.5 (O -115 / U -115)||277.5 (O -115 / U -115)*|
|RB/WR/TE||Receptions||Receiving Yards||Longest Reception|
|AJ Green, ARI||3.5 (O -105 / U -125)||43.5 (O -115 / U -115)||20.5 (O -120 / U -110)|
|Christian Kirk, ARI||4.5 (O +100 / U -130)||53.5 (O -115 / U -115)||21.5 (O -115 / U -115)|
|Zach Ertz, ARI||5.5 (O +105 / U -140)||52.5 (O -115 / U -115)||19.5 (O -115 / U -115)|
|Antoine Wesley, ARI||2.5 (O +125 / U -170)||23.5 (O -105 / U -125)||14.5 (O -115 / U -115)|
|Rondale Moore, ARI||N/A||16.5 (O -115 / U -115)||10.5 (O -120 / U -110)|
|Cooper Kupp, LAR||7.5 (O -150 / U +115)||106.5 (O -115 / U -115)||29.5 (O -115 / U -115)|
|Odell Beckham Jr, LAR||3.5 (O -135 / U +100)||46.5 (O -115 / U -115)||20.5 (O -110 / U -120)|
|Tyler Higbee, LAR||3.5 (O -175 / U +130)||40.5 (O -115 / U -115)||17.5 (O -105 / U -125)|
|Van Jefferson, LAR||3.5 (O +135 / U -180)||36.5 (O -115 / U -115)||18.5 (O -115 / U -115)|
|Sony Michel, LAR||N/A||9.5 (O -120 / U -110)||N/A|
Odds as of January 16th at DraftKings
*Indicates Pass + Rush Yards
The Rams are 4-point home favorites over their division rivals. When it comes to points, the Cardinals vs Rams total is set at 48.5. That’s tied for the second-highest number of Wild Card Weekend. The over has hit in three of LA’s last five, while the Cards’ over in Week 18 snapped a streak of three-straight unders. Both regular season meetings topped 50 points.
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Van Jefferson, Big Play Threat
There have been plenty of storylines among the Rams’ receivers this year. There’s Cooper Kupp’s historic year, the injury to Robert Woods, and the signing of Odell Beckham Jr.
But what about Van Jefferson?
Jefferson essentially tripled his rookie production. He went from 31 targets to 89, 19 receptions to 50 and 220 yards to 802. His explosiveness as a deep threat also allowed LA to move on from DeSean Jackson.
— Sᴘᴏʀᴛs 24/7 (@Sports_24x7_) January 9, 2022
Of Jefferson’s 50 receptions, 12 went for 20+ yards. While that’s only tied for 34th, Jefferson is one of just four players with at least 12 big plays and 50 or fewer receptions.
Jefferson’s usage dipped down the stretch, playing just 53% of the offensive snaps against Baltimore and 69% against San Fran. Before that he had played 75% or more in nine-straight games.
Rams WR Van Jefferson played a season-low 31 snaps last week because of "just the flow of the game," Sean McVay said. "He's still a really important part. Nothing has changed, and you can expect to see a lot of Van this week."
— Greg Beacham (@gregbeacham) January 5, 2022
Jefferson easily covered in both games against Arizona, and did it 11 times in 17 games. Yes he’s battling a shoulder injury, but the expectation is that he plays.
- The Pick: Van Jefferson OVER 36.5 receiving yards (-115); 1 unit
Run Kyler Murray, Run
Through the first half of the season, Kyler Murray was an MVP candidate. And he was the headliner when it came to dual-threat QBs.
But an ankle injury sidelined the award-worthy campaign. Returning to the lineup in Week 13, there were questions about Murray’s mobility.
In the six games since, it seems to be all systems go on the ground.
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) January 5, 2022
Starting with Week 13 against Chicago, Murray has taken off 39 times, logging a whopping 129 yards. That works out to 7.08 yard per attempt, and per-game averages of 6.5 attempts and 46 yards.
Kyler Murray was running 18.1 MPH at the time of throw on this 23-yard completion to A.J. Green.
That's the fastest on any completion ever tracked by NFL Next Gen Stats (since 2016). pic.twitter.com/UaV2lV28kn
— Seth Walder (@SethWalder) December 14, 2021
The third-year signal caller has run fairly freely against the Rams. In Week 4 he ran six times for 39 yards. In Week 14 it was seven for 61.
With DeAndre Hopkins still out, the Rams will have an easier time blanketing Christian Kirk and AJ Green. But that will leave Murray plenty of room to roam.
- The Pick: Kyler Murray OVER 38.5 rushing yards (-115); 1 unit
Cardinals vs Rams Scoring Props
|Player||Odds to Score First TD||Odds to Score a TD|
|Cooper Kupp, LAR||+550||-165|
|Sony Michel, LAR||+750||+105|
|Odell Beckham Jr, LAR||+1000||+140|
|James Connor, ARI||+1000||+130|
|Eno Benjamin, ARI||+1000||+130|
|Cam Akers, LAR||+1300||+200|
|Van Jefferson, LAR||+1400||+210|
|Kyler Murray, ARI||+1400||+210|
|Chase Edmonds, ARI||+1400||+200|
|Jonathan Ward, ARI||+1400||+200|
Odds as of January 16th at DraftKings
Arizona has been streaky when it comes to scoring first. They’ve nabbed the first TD in back-to-back games, after giving up the first score in three-straight. LA is 4-2 since the start of December.
While much has been made about the Rams’ lack of a homefield advantage, this is a game where they’ll want to start fast.
Running backs that gained 2+ yards after contact on at least 70% of their carries (PFF)
A.J. Dillon (77%)
Tony Pollard (73%)
Jamaal Williams (73%)
Joe Mixon (72%)
Elijah Mitchell (72%)
James Robinson (71%)
Sony Michel (71%)
Ezekiel Elliott (70%)
— Ian Hartitz (@Ihartitz) January 4, 2022
Sony Michel has pieced together a quality 2021. He had TDs in back-to-back games before being shutout in Week 18. While Cam Akers’ presence is a bit of a deterrent, he still won’t be up to a full workload. It’s Michel’s backfield.
When it comes to the Cards, this is a good spot for Zach Ertz. While he hasn’t scored in six games, this is what he was acquired for. This is especially attractive considering the Rams are missing both starting safeties.
- The Pick: Sony Michel to score FIRST touchdown (+750); 0.5 units
- The Pick: Michel (+105), Zach Ertz (+225) to score ANYTIME; 0.5 units each