Rams Laying 4.5 points to NFC West Leading Cardinals

The St. Louis Rams will be out for revenge when they host NFC West rivals the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night at the Edward Jones Dome.

The Rams have two straight shutouts to improve their overall record to 6-7 straight up and 7-6 against the spread. The Rams are 4-0 ATS over their past 4 games played.

Arizona is leading the NFC West with a record of 10-3 straight up and 9-4 against the number.

The defense for St. Louis is at last playing the way many had predicted. Robert Quinn the team leader on defense has 10.5 sacks from his defensive end spot.

The St. Louis defense has recorded 13 sacks between the past two games, after recording only one during their first five games of the season.

Arizona had lost two straight games before defeating Kansas City last weekend 17-14.

Kerwynn Williams filled in for the injured Andre Ellington at running back and had 100 yards rushing in the game.

His performance helped to relieve some of the pressure that has built up on Drew Stanton the Cardinals starting quarterback who has been inconsistent since taking over for injured Carson Palmer.

The two teams played November 9 in Arizona with the Cardinals winning 31-14 thanks to two defensive touchdowns during the fourth quarter.

Arizona is 2-1 SU and 3-0 ATS over the past three head-to-head meetings against St. Louis.

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The Cardinals have covered the number in 10 of the past 14 games against the Rams.

The Cardinals have covered the spread in 7 of the past 10 games played on the road.

The UNDER in the past 27 games played in December by St. Louis is 21-5-1.

The UNDER in the past 13 games between the Rams and Cardinals is 9-4.

Shaun Hill a journeyman quarterback for St. Louis has won 3 of his 4 starts since taking over from an injured Austin Davis.

Over his past two games, Hill is 29 for 44 passing with 5 touchdowns and no interceptions.

The Arizona defense has bent often this season, but has yet to break. The Cardinals are No. 17 in total defense and No. 24 in yards allowed per played, but No. 3 in total points allowed and No. 3 in turnover margin at plus-10.

Since Hill has taken over at quarterback for St. Louis, they have slowed down the pace, with the run as the first priority.

On defense, the Rams have played stellar football holding three of their past four opponents to a single touchdown or less.

The scoring defense for Arizona has been great the entire season. Eight of the team’s 13 games have stayed UNDER and one was a push.

Pick: I like the UNDER.