Cardinals vs. Rams Point Spread: Week 1 NFL Picks: September 12th 2010
ARIZONA CARDINALS VS. ST. LOUIS RAMS
2010 NFC West betting action comes to you from St. Louis, Missouri on Sunday, September 12th when the Arizona Cardinals invade the Edward Jones Dome to take on the division rival St. Louis Rams; kick-off is set for 4:15 ET. Arizona has dominated the Rams winning each of the L/4 meetings by an average of 18.5 PPG. The 2009-10 season saw Arizona win the first match-up 21-13 as 9.5-point favorites, while winning and covering the second game 31-10 as 16-point home chalk.
Point Spread: Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt’s Cardinals currently sit as 4-point favorites with the game ‘total’ set at 39.5 for Sunday’s NFC West tussle.
2010 should be labeled as the year of change for these two teams. Arizona comes into the season without their starting or backup QB’s from last season having lost Kurt Warner to retirement and recently releasing Matt Leinart. They will rely on QB Derek Anderson to lead the troops into a season of the unknown hoping the offense doesn’t falter to much away from its 14th overall ranking from a year ago. RBs Chris “Beanie” Wells and Timothy Hightower will work on improving the 28th ranked rushing attack from last year. Thankfully for Arizona, their division is pretty wide open this year.
The Sam Bradford era has begun in St. Louis. After having a great pre-season, the rookie field general will have the chance to prove that he was worth the number one pick in the draft. Bradford is sure to improve a team that finished 1-15 SU & 7-9 ATS and ranked 28th in passing and 24th in overall offense a year ago. Injury Prone RB Stephen Jackson returns to take command of the 20th ranked rushing attack from a year ago.
Some trends for this division clash are: The Cardinals have pleased NFL bettors when favored having won 14 of their previous 20 SU while posting an 11-9 mark ATS; against division foes the L/2 years they’re 10-2 SU & 8-4 ATS. They’ve also thrived in dome games going 16-7 SU & 13-10 ATS their L/23 tries. The same can’t be said about the Rams who when dogged the L/2 years, have only won three of their L/32 SU & only churned out ATS wins in 13 of those games. They stand a bankroll depleting 1-15 SU and 6-10 ATS the L/2 years at home.