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Arizona vs. St Louis Point Spread

What: Arizona Cardinals vs. St. Louis Rams: Week 5 Thursday Night Football
When: 8:20PM EST. Thursday, October 4th 2012
Where: Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri

The Arizona Cardinals 4-0 (3-1 ATS) and St. Louis Rams 2-2 (3-1 ATS) meet in this week 5 TNF, NFC West match-up. The Rams and Cardinals have been good against the spread in the first four weeks, so lets try to figure out what will happen on week 5 Thursday Night Football.

Cardinals vs. Rams Point Spread: TNF Week 5

The Cardinals vs. Rams point spread opened with Arizona as -2.5 favorites. As you can see below, the Cardinals are now -1 point favorites at BetOnline, and -2 at Bovada. If you like Arizona, I don’t think we’ll see it get better than -1. Both of these books accept US bettors and Visa for making deposits.

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Arizona Cardinals
St. Louis Rams
-1 (-110)
+1 (-110)
-2 (-110)
+2 (-110)

Arizona Cardinals vs. St. Louis Rams Game Analysis

Although the Arizona Cardinals lost ATS last week, they showed some resiliency in the 2nd half against the Dolphins. The Cardinals were down 13-0 by halftime, but they ended up winning the game 24-21 in OT. This week, those betting on the Cardinals only need them to cover a -1 point spread.

Bettors that backed the St. Louis Rams last week fared much better, as they upset the Seahawks 19-13 at home. St. Louis was unable to get their offense moving last week, but rookie FG kicker Zuerlein was 4/4 including a 60-yd FG that set a new Rams record. The Rams came into the game at +1 to +3 depending on when & where you were betting, and of course they covered the spread.

I’m a bit surprised the point spread has been dropping since it opened. Arizona opened as a -2.5 point road favorite but they’re down to -1 (-110) at BetOnline right now. It looks like public perception is very high on the Rams after beating Seattle last week. If you look closer at that the game, the Rams scored 12 points on FG’s mainly because of Seattle mistakes, which included 3 TO’s by Russell Wilson.

The Cardinals offense averages 1.5 TO’s per game (18th) and they’ll need to keep their turnovers to a minimum in this one as well. They’re +4 on turnovers so far this season, compared to +2 for the Rams. The Cardinals defense has been averaging 2.5 TO’s per game (4th), and they should be able to force Bradford into some mistakes. If the Cards win the turnover battle I expect them to also win this game on the road.

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Last week the Cardinals offense was shut out in the 1st half, but the passing offense picked up the slack in the 2nd half. Kolb will need to play smart, as the Rams rank 11th against the pass this season (213.5 PYPG).

Something that could potentially surprise bettors is the Arizona running game. RB Ryan Williams struggled against the Dolphins #1 ranked rushing defense last week, gaining just 26 yards on 13 carries. If you go by the numbers alone, the Arizona running game has been terrible so far this year, gaining just 2.7 yards per carry. But, they’ve played against four very tough rushing defenses, so those numbers can’t be relied on in this game. This week could be a different story for the Cardinals, with Williams getting a chance to shine against the Rams 26th ranked rushing defense. The Rams have given up 4.7 yards per carry this year, for an average of 135.2 yards per game, and a total of 6 TD’s.

The Cardinals should be looking to exploit the weak Rams rushing defense, and if they can be successful, it will only help Kolb and the Arizona passing game. Of course Fitzgerald will get the heavy coverage, but Doucet & Roberts could find themselves in some good one-on-one situations. At the time this article is being written, TE Todd Heap is listed as doubtful for Thursday’s game.

Arizona has the edge in points scored and points against this season. The Cardinals have scored 22.8 PPG (15th) and they’ve allowed 15.3 PPG (3rd). The Rams have scored 19.8 PPG (24th) and the defense has allowed 22.8 PPG (19th).

Arizona Cardinals vs. St. Louis Rams Point Spread Prediction

The Rams have played better at home this year, but with this being a division game on prime-time, I expect the Cardinals to take another step forward. They’re a tough group of players, and this is a great opportunity for them to prove they’re worthy of discussion about a deep playoff run.

I like the Cardinals point spread of -1 (-110) at BetOnline.com.

With the Arizona vs. St. Louis point spread so low now I don’t think we’ll see it get any better. One of only three undefeated teams left this year, I don’t see this becoming a pick’em. So, if you like Arizona on the point spread, get your bets in now.

If you prefer the St. Louis Rams, the best point spread right now is +2 (-110) at Bovada.lv.

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