Tuesday, January 25, 2022

2022 NFL playoff odds, picks, line: Cardinals vs. Rams prediction, Wild Card best bets from expert who’s 37-25

It’s the critical rubber match between NFC West foes on Monday Night Football when the Los Angeles Rams host the Arizona Cardinals to wrap up NFL Super Wild Card Weekend 2022. The conference rivals met twice in the regular season, with the road team winning each time. Entering the 2022 NFL playoffs, Los Angeles (12-5) had won five straight before losing in overtime to the 49ers in Week 18. Arizona (11-6) has lost four of its last five and comes in off a 38-30 loss to Seattle. One of those four Cardinals losses was a 30-23 setback to L.A. on Monday Night Football just under a month ago.   

Kickoff is set for 8:15 p.m. ET at SoFi Stadium. The Rams are favored by four points in the latest Cardinals vs. Rams odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 49.5. Before you consider any Rams vs. Cardinals picks or 2022 NFL Playoff predictions, make sure you check out what SportsLine’s resident Rams expert, R.J. White, has to say.

CBS Sports’ Fantasy and gambling editor, White ended the 2020 season on an 80-59 run on all NFL picks, returning more than $1,400 during that span. It’s no surprise, as White has cashed huge twice in the world’s most prestigious football handicapping competition, the Las Vegas SuperContest. 

In addition, White has gone a stunning 37-25-1 on his last 63 picks involving the Rams. Anyone who has followed him is way up.

Now, White has set his sights on Cardinals vs. Rams and just revealed his expert NFL playoff picks and Wild Card Weekend. predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see White’s picks. Now, here are several NFL odds for Rams vs. Cardinals: 

  • Cardinals vs. Rams spread: Los Angeles -4 
  • Cardinals vs. Rams over-under: 49.5 points  
  • Cardinals vs. Rams money line: Los Angeles -200, Arizona +170 
  • ARI: Cardinals are 13-3-2 against the spread as road underdogs since 2019 
  • LAR: Rams are 11-9-1 ATS as home favorites the past three seasons

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Why the Rams can cover

Los Angeles is 15-9-1 against the spread following a loss under coach Sean McVay (since 2017). The L.A. passing offense featuring quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receier Cooper Kupp has been tough to stop. They hooked up 13 times for 123 yards in the Rams’ 30-23 victory over Arizona in Week 14. Stafford was third in the NFL in passing yards (4,886) and Kupp led the league in receiving yards (1,947) in the regular season.

The Rams are 18-12-1 ATS in division games since 2017 and the defense is third in the league with 50 sacks. Three-time Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald (12.5 sacks) is a constant presence. Leonard Floyd (9.5 sacks) and Von Miller (five) also will make life tough for Kyler Murray, who was sacked four times and pressured on half his drop-backs in the last meeting. L.A. ranks sixth in the NFL against the run (103.2 yards per game) and yields fewer than 22 points per game.

Why the Cardinals can cover

The Cardinals are 6-0 against the spread as underdogs this season and the offense ranks eighth in the league in total yards (373.6). It is 10th in both rushing and passing, with QB Kyler Murray running a balanced attack. He had 3,787 passing yards and 423 on the ground in the regular season despite missing three games.

Arizona is 8-1 against the spread on the road this season and is plus-12 in turnover differential. The defense ranks seventh against the pass (214.4) and allows 21.5 points per contest (12th). Chandler Jones has 10.5 sacks and has forced six fumbles. The Cardinals are tied for first with 14 recoveries and have 27 takeaways (seventh).

How to make NFL Playoffs or Cardinals vs. Rams picks

White has analyzed this matchup from all angles, and he is leaning Under on the point total. He also has discovered a critical X-factor that has him jumping all over one side of the spread. He’s only sharing what it is, and which side of the Cardinals vs. Rams spread to back at SportsLine.

So who wins Rams vs. Cardinals on NFL Wild Card Weekend 2022? And which critical X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see R.J. White’s Rams vs. Cardinals picks and analysis, all from the NFL expert who’s 37-25 on picks involving Los Angeles, and find out.

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