- The Los Angeles Rams have dominated the Arizona Cardinals in recent history, making them a strong bet to cover the spread on Sunday.
- Through two games the Cardinals have been a mess in the first quarter, meaning betting on the Rams to cover a 0.5-point spread for +105 odds may pay off.
PHOENIX – The Los Angeles Rams head to Arizona as a 3.5-point favorite to face their division rivals, the Arizona Cardinals, on Sunday at 4:25 est.
|Los Angeles Rams||-3.5 (-110)||-180||O 48.5 (-110)|
|Arizona Cardinals||+3.5 (-110)||+155||U 48.5 (-110)|
The Rams originally opened as 4-point favorites to beat the Cardinals, with Super Bowl sportsbooks seemingly moving the line in the wrong direction considering how likely the Rams are to cover the spread.
Betting on the Los Angeles Rams in Week Three
Neither the Rams or Cardinals have been dominant through the start of the 2022 season, with the two teams going a combined 2-2 straight up and 1-3 against the spread (ats).
With both teams clearly underperforming, that means it is best to focus on past matchup history when betting on either team. Matchup history clearly favors Los Angeles:
- Sean McVay’s dominance against the Cardinals: Sean McVay’s head coaching career began in 2017 when he took over the Los Angeles Rams. Since the start of his tenure, Los Angeles has gone 10-1 straight up and 9-1-1 ats.
- Arizona’s struggles at home: The Cardinals have failed to cover the spread or win the game in their past six tries at home. Those issues have been prevalent ever since they hired their Head Coach, Kliff Kingsbury, as the team is 9-16 ats at home during his tenure.
Betting on the first quarter of the Rams vs Cardinals
Betting on the Los Angeles Rams to cover the spread against the Arizona Cardinals through the full game is one strong option for the game, although betting on Los Angeles to simply cover the first quarter spread that has them as a -0.5 favorite with +105 odds may be an even stronger option.
1st Quarter Spread
- Los Angeles Rams -0.5 (+105)
- Arizona Cardinals +0.5 (-135)
Betting on the Cardinals to cover the spread in the first quarter has proven to be a desperate hope that their defense can get a stop or that their offense can get rolling early.
Neither has been the case, as the Cardinals have had exactly two first-quarter offensive drives so far this season, gaining a total of 21 yards in the process.
On the other hand, Arizona’s defense has allowed a touchdown on the first drive of the game in each of the first two weeks.
The Rams scored a touchdown on their first drive last week against the Atlanta Falcons, which is enough to make betting on them to cover a half-point spread against the Cardinals in the first quarter for plus odds (+105) the best bet of the game.
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