Ariel Epstein, Jared Quay and Pamela Maldonado break down their betting picks for the Monday Night Football matchup between the Rams and Cardinals.
ARIEL EPSTEIN: Welcome to Yahoo Sportsbook. Alongside Pam Maldonado and Jared Quay, I'm Ariel Epstein. We're kicking off Monday Night Football. It is a huge divisional rivalry game between the Los Angeles Rams and Arizona Cardinals.
Arizona's laying 2 and 1/2 at home, with this total at 51 and 1/2. The line has moved. And moved from Rams plus 3 to Rams plus 2 and 1/2, a.k.a. line move in the Rams' favor. Jared, are you buying the line move?
JARED QUAY: I can see why people are betting it, and I can see why people are going to lose a lot of money. I know I always bet the favorites, so you can already get that with me. But let's be honest.
This Cardinal team is solid down the board. There's a reason why they're 10 and 2. As JJ Watt, said earlier, maybe they're just that [BLEEP] good. Please bleep that out for me. I think this Rams team has, obviously, a lot of star power. They have some big names, but they have a lot of holes on that team.
And they're coming into a rowdy Cardinal stadium where I think this team is good on offense, defense, and I think that they should be able to manhandle this team much like they did earlier in the season, this time at home. So all you people betting on the Rams plus two and a half, probably going to lose your money.
ARIEL EPSTEIN: Oh, OK, those are fighting words. Pam, how much do you agree with Jared?
PAMELA MALDONADO: I definitely agree. I initially was on the Rams plus two and a half, and then I flipped over to the Cardinals because I looked at the Rams' last four wins. And it was against the Jags, the Texans, the Lions, and the Giants. And they haven't really been doing well in those games.
Stafford, he sure did look good last week, though, didn't he? He had nearly 300 yards, three touchdowns, zero interceptions against the Jags. But before that, he had five touchdowns, four interceptions, and nine sacks in the three games prior.
And the Cardinals, they did win this match-up the first time around, 37 to 20. And they say that it is really hard to beat a team twice, but I definitely just don't trust that Matthew Stafford is back. I do trust, however, the Cardinals defense. Fourth in opponent touchdowns per game. Fourth in pressure rate. Give me a good quarterback pressure pass rush against Matthew Stafford, who has looked lesser against lesser opponents.
I don't love this prediction, but I will gladly take Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins over Stafford, who has recently shown glimpses of his old Lions days. Give me the Cardinals at home. Laying the two and a half.
ARIEL EPSTEIN: I've got to go contrarian to you guys. I'm taking the points with the Rams at plus two and a half. It's the perfect spot for the Rams to have to go into the playoffs and maybe potentially get this win to do that in addition to winning the division.
Arizona's looked really good, don't get me wrong, and they destroyed this Rams team earlier in the year. The book is finally down on the Rams. The Rams are now road underdogs for the first time all season. Even at Lambeau Field against Green Bay, the Rams were minus one and a half against those Packers. I'm taking the points. It's a great spot.
Last week, the Rams bounced back against Jaguars. I don't love it. It's a three-star play, but give me the Rams. Here's a recap. Pam and Jared are going to lay the points with the home team. I'm taking the points with the first time ever of their season Ram road team. And we are going to give you a winner one way or another.
PAMELA MALDONADO: At least one of us is winning. Hopefully it's Jared and I.
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