NFC Wild Card Preview - AZ v. LAR



As Sean McVay leads the Los Angeles Rams to their fourth playoff berth in five seasons, the team must overcome the issues they have faced as of late offensively. Amidst problems surrounding the LA Rams’ offensive line, WR Cooper Kupp has maintained strong statistics, making him the triple-crown leader in receptions (145, yards (1,947) and TDs, (16). The Rams finish the season with a 12-5 record, allowing them to secure the NFC West with flying colors. The Arizona Cardinals had a hot start, being the last team to remain undefeated after losing to the Green Bay Packers in Week 8.


Their finish to the season however was all but impressive. The Cards only won one of their last five games with heartbreaking losses to the Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts, and Seattle Seahawks. Kyler Murray started the season hot enough to put him in the MVP conversation with an early QBR of 110.4 through the first eight games, but he soon fell to a rating of 89.3 over the last six games. Some crucial injuries will prevent the Cardinals from being at full strength, missing Deandre Hopkins and JJ Watt for their upcoming game against the Rams.


We can expect this game to be a tight one, with a spread of (LAR -4), Vegas only expects the Rams to cover by just more than a field goal. As we all know though, fans and bettors alike need not to compare regular season games to postseason games. During the division rivals’ first matchup on December 13th, the Rams beat the Cards 30-23, as everything offensively seemed to be clicking for the Rams. We’ve all seen the rise and fall of the Arizona Cardinals’ offense, and if they don’t show up to play, they’re in for a long game.