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Wild Card Weekend: Cardinals at Rams Betting Preview

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  • 01/17 8:15 PM ET
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    ML
    Score
    151ARZARZ(5)
    49
    130
    11
    152LARLAR(4)
    -3
    -150
    34

Three things you should know before betting on Cardinals-Rams:

1. The Cardinals were road warriors during the 2021 regular season, going 8-1 both straight-up and against the spread away from home. That included marks of 6-0 both straight-up and against the spread as a road underdog. They outscored home teams by an average margin of 15.3 points over those half-dozen games. Since Kliff Kingsbury took over as the team’s head coach prior to the start of the 2019 season, Arizona is 6-2 straight-up and 7-1 against the spread as a road underdog of between 3.5 and 7 points.

2. The Cardinals are 15-7 straight-up and 16-5-1 against the spread over their past 22 divisional road games dating back to the start of December 2014. That includes perfect marks of 3-0 both straight-up and against the spread during the 2021 regular season. Arizona won all three divisional road games by double digits and by an average of 13.7 points per game. The most lopsided of the three was the Cardinals’ 37-20 victory as a 3.5-point underdog in Los Angeles in October. Arizona rushed for 216 yards, the only time in 17 regular-season games that the Cardinals surpassed 200 rushing yards. It was also the only time all season that the Rams allowed more than 200 yards on the ground.

3. The Under is 11-4 in games the Rams have played as a home favorite of 7 points or fewer since the start of the 2019 season, and it’s 7-2 in that same timeframe in home games Los Angeles has played with a total of more than 49 points. The Under is also 7-2 in road games Arizona has played with a total of more than 49 points since the start of 2019.

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