Cardinals vs Rams Preview & Free Pick December 11th, 2014

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Cardinals Arizona (10-3) at St Louis (6-7)
When: Thursday, December 11th, 2014
Where: Edward Jones Dome, St Louis, MO
Time: 5:35 ET
TV: NFL Network
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by Bobby Babowski

The 6-7 RAMS host the 10-3 Arizona Cardinals in a crucial WK 15 NFC WEST PART 2 matchup. Arizona won the first game 31-14 after trailing late in the 4th qtr 14-10. QB Drew Stanton actually played in this game after Palmer went down with an injury, and threw a late 48 yd td pass, not to mention 2 late defensive TD’s by the Cards. Arizona still has the best record in the NFC with 10 wins after late come from behind victory by score 17-14 over the Kansas City Chiefs last week. Arizona hasn’t allowed more than 20 ppg in any of its 10 victories and its defense is still fairing well keeping its opponents to only 13.5 ppg. St. Louis on the other hand has been on fire lately on both sides of the bal and are coming off 2 B2B shutout wins by a combined score 76-0 beating both the Redskins and Raiders. The Rams are tied with the ’09 Dallas Cowboys as the only team in the past 14 years to post two B2B shutouts, and are trying to become the first teams in 20+ years to put together 3 straight shutouts. This will not be an easy task with Arizona’s solid Defense in a division game no less. The Rams Defense is ranked #1 in total defense past 6 weeks (since week 9) and they would love to play spoiler late in the season here with this being a revenge game also.

With that being said, I like the Cardinals in this spot and I’m confident that HC Bruce Aryans will have his team ready for a late season playoff push and First Place in the Conference on the line.

Take the Cardinals in a close game as they will stack the box and make QB Hill beat them with his arm. You have to remember, this is still a FIRST vs WORST matchup, in the same division, with a AZ defense only allowing 13.5 PPG, and getting 4.5 PPG. I’ll take that chance any day of the week.

THE PICK:  ARIZONA CARDINALS (+4.5)

AZ…..9-5 Away Dog
STL….4-1 Home Favorite

                     TOTAL O     TOTAL D     RO     PO     RD     PD     
ARIZONA       23               16               30      14       6        28
ST.LOUIS      27               12               19      27      11       15

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