The Arizona Cardinals and the St. Louis Rams are going to square off in Week 1 of the NFL betting campaign. Join us here at Cappers Info, as we make our predictions for football for what should be a great game on Sunday.
Week 1 NFL Picks: Arizona Cardinals @ St. Louis Rams
Date: Sunday, September 8th, 4:25 ET
Location: Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, MO
Week 1 Betting Odds: St. Louis -4.5 (41.5)
Cardinals vs. Rams Live TV: FOX
The Cardinals and the Rams are generally relatively evenly matched teams. These two squads have been lined at 4.5-points or closer in seven straight games, and most of the results have been relatively close as well. This year, we could be in a relatively similar situation. There is a lot of hope here for St. Louis with WR Tavon Austin, though until we really see how he is used, we have a tough time believing that he is going to make a tremendous impact against a defense that is surprisingly quick. QB Sam Bradford has a lot going for him at this point, and with all of his new weapons, there is no doubt that he is in a make or break season. Remember though, that he doesn’t have RB Isaiah Pead, who has been suspended for this year.
We think that there is a lot more promise this year with the Cardinals, truthfully. Head Coach Bruce Arians has a fresh offensive mind to bring to the team, and the squad has really hit the reset button with QB Carson Palmer at quarterback. If this defense can manage to do much of anything against a St. Louis team which we think is tremendously overrated on the offensive side of the ball, there is a real chance to muster up the upset when push comes to shove. Don’t be shocked if RB Rashard Mendenhall has a good debut with the team as well. Arizona will go on the road and win this one.
Cardinals @ Rams Pick: Arizona Cardinals +4.5
Cardinals @ Rams Score Prediction: Arizona 23 – St. Louis 14