January 17, 2022

Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams: 4 Best Prop, Team Bets For 'Monday Night Football' Wild Card Matchup

The Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams will renew their NFC West rivalry for a third time this season when they meet up in Los Angeles for the final wild card game of the 2022 playoffs.

Arizona started hot this season, but they only won two of their last six and blew a division lead to the Rams, who also started off hot, but their cold streak came in the middle of the season, and they finished the season winning five of their last six. 

Tonight, we are back with the three best props from three of the top sportsbooks in the country. If you decide to tail our picks, we just ask that you do so responsibly. 

Here are tonight's winners. 

FanDuel: Cooper Kupp To Have 100+ Receiving Yards & To Score 1+ TDs (+160)

There has not been a better receiver in the NFL this season than Cooper Kupp. On the season, Kupp has 11 games with 100+ receiving yards, and in nine of those games, he caught at least one touchdown pass. 

Against the Cardinals this season, Kupp hit this prop the second time around, but in their two meetings this season, Kupp is averaging 93.5 yards per game. On the season, Kupp has only had three games where he did not receive double-digit targets. 

Statistically, Kupp has hit this number the same amount of times that he hasn't. At +160 odds, there is some tremendous value with this prop. Based on their two regular-season matchups, there is no reason to believe that Kupp won't have another big game tonight.

Barstool: Sony Michel Under 72.5 Rushing & Receiving Yards (-114)

The start to Sony Michel's career with the Rams was not all that great. Heading into Week 13, Michel was averaging 27.7 rushing yards per game and only had five games of 10+ receiving yards. Since Week 13, Michel is rushing for 90 yards a game, and although he still is not a major threat catching passes out of the backfield, his numbers across the board have gotten a boost in the back end of the regular season. 

However, the Rams welcomed back Cam Akers, who suffered a partially torn Achilles in the offseason. In that game, Akers only had five rushes for three yards, but he did haul it three passes. That game served as a way for Akers to get the feel of the game back after being out for so long. He won't fully take over the starting running back role, but he will split time with Michel, and that is always good for the under on this prop. 

Los Angeles is ranked 23rd in rushes per game, and with J.J. Watt back for the Cardinals, the line of scrimmage is going to be harder to win for the Rams, and they will let Matthew Stafford cook with his arm. 

Draftkings Touchdown Scorer Of The Night: Zach Ertz (+225)

When the Cardinals traded for Zach Ertz earlier in the season, the thought was he would become a huge red zone threat and would rack up the touchdowns. He did just that in his first game with the Cardinals, and he has since only added two more, and he currently hasn't scored since Week 11. 

The Rams have only given up four touchdown receptions to tight ends this season, but they will be without both starting safeties tonight. So naturally, the Rams decided to bring in a guy who has not played since 2019 in Eric Weddle which is, fine, I guess. 

As I just said, Ertz was brought in to score touchdowns and touchdowns only. He has not done that a lot with the Cardinals this season, but if there is any spot for him to come up big, it is against their divisional rival in the playoffs. 

First Touchdown Scorer Odds: (+1500)

 Touchdown Scorers Worth A Sprinkle: Odell Beckham Jr. (+140), Cam Akers (+200), Kyler Murray (+210)

Bovada Best Bet: Rams -3.5

The Cardinals are in a rut right now. They are 1-4 in their last five, and during that five-game stretch, they have only covered once. In their last 10 games against the Rams, they are 1-8-1 ATS, but their one cover came earlier this season. 

The good news for Arizona is they are 8-1 ATS on the road this season. However, The Rams are 4-2 ATS in their last six, and although they are banged up in the defensive secondary, they are the more complete team. 

Arizona is without DeAndre Hopkins and possibly both Chase Edmonds and James Conner tonight. I liked the Rams to win this game no matter what, but at -3.5, I am rolling with Los Angeles on the spread. 

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