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Rams host Cardinals as NFL wild-card weekend concludes

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.”

Quarterback matchup

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

Game Odds

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.