Following Sunday’s game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Los Angeles Rams, someone will have sole possession of the NFC West lead.
And at SoFi Stadium, someone will go 4-0 overall. Who has the advantage and who is the favorite to win?
It’s time to jump right in. The Rams are the favorite this time after being the underdog against the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week.
Where the Vegas Odds Stand
The Rams are the favorite this time after being the underdog against the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week. The Rams are favored by the oddsmakers at
. They have a five-point lead over their division rival. The Cards, on the other hand, started the week as a six-point underdog. The Rams are listed as a 3 by
Draft Kings, who has a lower line for them. As of Friday, October 1, there are five favorites. Who is picking the Rams?
A growing number of national analysts are confident in picking the Rams over a team they’ve beaten eight times in a row.
Gregg Rosenthal of NFL Network predicts a Rams victory of 30-21 : Rosenthal points to the Rams’ multiple matchup advantages on the outside. Even though the Rams have struggled to run the ball so far this season, a healthier Darrell Henderson and the Cardinals allowing a combined 336 yards on the ground in the last two weeks point to the Rams finally breaking through with the ground attack.
Pro Football Network’s Tyler Olsen picks the Rams to win 27-23 : Olsen believes the Rams have the advantage in experience when it comes to handling fast starts.
The Gameday’s Frank Ammirante picks the Rams to win 34-24 : Cardinals red-hot quarterback Kyler Murray has struggled against Aaron Donald and the Rams defense in the past, according to Ammirante. This includes bringing up Murray’s age of 75. In games against Donald and the Los Angeles defense, he has an 8 QB rating.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports predicts a Rams victory of 37-33 : Prisco points to Arizona’s high-powered offense as the reason for the game’s 70-point total.
Los Angeles Times’ Sam Farmer predicts a Rams victory of 38-27 : Farmer believes the Rams will win by the largest margin of the national predictions, covering 11 points. According to Farmer, the Rams’ superior defense gives them an advantage. The chemistry between Matthew Stafford and Cooper Kupp will be the primary difference in this one, according to Emmanuel Morgan of the New York Times, who picks the Rams by six points (). Meanwhile, continuing with the Ram defense theme, Morgan believes Donald, Jalen Ramsey, and the rest of the defense will defeat Murray, the early MVP candidate.
ESPN Rams beat reporter Lindsey Thiry predicts a Rams win of 32-26 : Thiry believes that strong QB play will make this matchup between L.A. and Arizona go either way, but she picks the home team to win.
: ESPN Cardinals beat reporter Josh Weinfuss predicts a 41-38 upset for Arizona. : Weinfuss predicts a 500-yard day for Murray, which would include 400 passing yards and 100 rushing yards. He also expects Murray to score five touchdowns. Finally, four of The Athletic’s five writers have picked the Rams to beat the Cards and improve to 4-0 on the season. This list can be found here. Clean Bowled News