NFL Picks: Rams vs. Cardinals

Steven Suarez

Sunday, December 8, 2013 5:18 PM UTC

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 5:18 PM UTC

The Cardinals lost the first meeting against this team but are favored heavily for the rematch. Check out our NFL odds preview.

Odds Overview

The NFL odds have Arizona favored by six points, but you can also find a spread of seven at certain sites if you like St. Louis to cover. The Rams are 5-7 ATS, with the Cardinals are 8-4 against the spread.

The OVER has hit in nine of St. Louis' 13 games so far. Will the trend come through again this weekend? The O/U is at either 41.5 or 42.

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St. Louis Rams

The Rams are technically still alive in the playoff picture but a lot would have to go right for them to reach the postseason. They're currently 5-7 SU and Philadelphia, Arizona, Chicago, Green Bay and the New York Giants are ahead of them right now.

Last week's 23-13 loss at San Francisco didn't help, that's for sure.

In the two games prior, St. Louis had totaled 80 points in huge wins over Indianapolis (38-8) and Chicago (42-21), but Jeff Fisher's team ran into a wall against the 49ers' terrific defense.

Kellen Clemens was 19-of-37 for 218 yards and a touchdown but was picked off once. His only touchdown drive came in garbage time when the game was already out of reach, so Clemens and company will hope they can have more luck offensively against Arizona.

On the year, St. Louis is ranked #25 in total offense and #18 in total defense, but as we've seen they're more than capable of pulling out dominant (and downright surprising) results out of no where.

A four-game winning streak, with victories over Atlanta, Houston, Jacksonville and Indianapolis, came to a crashing halt at Philadelphia in Week 13.Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals got off to a rough start, going down 24-7 early in the third quarter, but they showed a lot of heart by clawing their way back and getting to within three points. Second-half touchdown catches by Michael Floyd and Jim Dray weren't enough.

Arizona actually out-gained the Eagles in total yards (350-307). Carson Palmer threw for 302 yards and three touchdowns (two interceptions), with Michael Floyd catching five passes for 99 yards and a score and Larry Fitzgerald going for 72 yards and a TD. Rashard Mendenhall ran 18 times for 76 yards.

The defense brought a lot of pressure on Nick Foles, sacking him five times, but they were still beaten time and time again. Foles finished with three touchdown passes in the win for Philadelphia.

What kind of performance will the Cardinals come out swinging with on Sunday? They'll enter ranked at #18 in total offense and #7 in total defense, with their running defense (83.2 YPG allowed, #4) standing out.

NFL Pick

The Rams won 27-24 at home in the first head-to-head meeting. Sam Bradford, now injured, threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns, both of which were caught by Jared Cook. For the Cardinals, Carson Palmer recorded 327 yards and two touchdowns, which were caught by Larry Fitzgerald.

In Week 14 we expect Arizona to return the favor and win at home, while also cashing as favorites.

The Cardinals are 5-1 both straight up and against the spread at home and have tons of motivation. They're in a fight for their lives in the playoff race and will also want to even the score with St. Louis from earlier in the year.

As a result, we're looking for another great showing from the Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium for our NFL picks.

NFL Pick: Arizona Cardinals -6

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