The Los Angeles Rams will host the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night from SoFi Stadium in LA in what will be the sixth and final matchup of the NFL’s wild-card round. The winner will move on to the divisional round next weekend for a meeting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Rams and Cardinals met twice during the regular season and the season series finished in a 1-1 split. Arizona took the first of the two meetings 37-20 on the road in early October, while Los Angeles took the latter game on the road by a score of 30-23 a little over a month ago.
Rams head into postseason having won five of six
The Rams dropped their final game of the regular season, 27-24 to the San Francisco 49ers. However prior to that matchup, they had won five-straight. They finished the season 12-5, good for first in the NFC West.
Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford opened up about his mindset heading into the game.
“Every time I step on a field, I’m proving myself,” Stafford said. “This is a team game, no question, but at the same time, do I know that when the quarterback plays a good game, you’ve got a better chance to win? Absolutely.”
Cardinals have just two wins over the past seven weeks
The Cardinals have gone 2-5 over their last seven and finished the regular season with an 11-6 record. Arizona started the season on fire, staying perfect through seven games. The Rams finished a single game ahead of Arizona as the Cardinals took second in the NFC West.
The Rams have been a really tough out for the Cardinals over the past couple of seasons, despite this year’s series split. Prior to this season, the Cardinals had dropped eight-straight.
“They really had our number as an organization,” Kliff Kingsbury said. “But the last couple of games have been a dogfight, back and forth. Lots of guys having impressive performances and keeping it close. That’s my expectation for Monday night. A lot of talented players out there on the field.”
In his first season as a member of the Rams, Stafford started in all 17 of his teams’ games. He completed 67.2% of his passes, tying his career-high, throwing for 4,886 yards, 41 touchdowns, 17 interceptions and finishing with a 102.9 passer rating. Stafford spent the first 12 seasons of his career with the Detroit Lions.
Matthew Stafford Props:
Passing Yards: 273.5 (Over: 1.90 | Under: 1.86)
Passing Touchdowns: 1.5 (Over: 1.46 | Under: 2.60)
Rushing Yards: 1.5 (Over: 1.86 | Under: 1.90)
Interceptions: 0.5 (Over: 1.90 | Under: 1.86)
Passing Attempts: 35.5 (Over: 1.83 | Under: 1.95)
Passing Completions: 23.5 (Over: 1.86 | Under: 1.90)
Third-year star Kyler Murray started in 14 of Arizona’s 17 games this season. He passed for 3,787 yards, 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions on a 69.2% completion rate and recorded a 100.6 passer rating.
Kyler Murray Props:
Passing Yards: 256.5 (Over: 1.90 | Under: 1.86)
Passing Touchdowns: 1.5 (Over: 2.05 | Under: 1.74)
Rushing Yards: 40.5 (Over: 1.90 | Under: 1.86)
Interceptions: 0.5 (Over: 2.05 | Under: 1.74)
Passing Attempts: 33.5 (Over: 1.76 | Under: 2.00)
Rushing Attempts: 6.5 (Over: 1.86 | Under: 1.90)
Passing Completions: 23.5 (Over: 1.90 | Under: 1.86)
Player Prop Special: 2+ Passing Touchdowns, 1+ Rushing Touchdown: 6.00
The Rams are favored by a field goal in this one.
Spread: Cardinals (+3) 2.00 | Rams (-3) 1.83
Money Line: Cardinals 2.50 | Rams 1.58
Over/Under: Over (49) 1.90 | Under (49) 1.90
Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15 pm ET.