Arizona Cardinals vs. Rams Best Bets for Week 3 (Showdown)
The Arizona Cardinals and the Rams will battle in the desert in hopes of taking an early lead in the NFC West. Here are your best bets.
After a sensational comeback in Week 2, the Arizona Cardinals will face a familiar team in Week 3 in the Los Angeles Rams. And while the Rams currently enjoy the status of defending Super Bowl Champions, they have not played like a championship team, giving the Cardinals good odds to pull off an upset.
The Cardinals won’t have receiver DeAndre Hopkins for another four games, but they are getting healthier, with corner Trayvon Mullen likely debuting this week. Now that the Cardinals have some reinforcement, their status in the betting realm of things is also looking better.
1 – Arizona Cardinals vs. Rams best bets – OVER 48.5 points (-110)
The Cardinals and Rams can both light up the scoreboard. And with their respective defenses having given up an average of 32.25 points per game, expect this one to be a high-scoring affair. The current 48.5 over/under gives you a golden opportunity this week to capitalize, and it looks better than both the spread and the moneyline.
2 – TD Scorer Prop – Cooper Kupp (-155)
While you can expect the Cardinals to better clamp down on the Rams dynamic receiver, he also has three touchdown receptions in two games, including an outing where the Buffalo Bills shut down the Rams offense. Even if the Cardinals keep Kupp in check, much like they kept Adams in check, expect Kupp to get his points.
Kupp currently has 24 receptions, three touchdowns, and 236 yards through two games. Like Davante Adams, you can’t really stop Kupp, but you can at least contain him. But that doesn’t mean he won’t score on Sunday.
3 – Team to score first – RAMS (-130)
While I can see the Arizona Cardinals escaping with the win, the Rams are more likely to score first. In the first two weeks, the Cardinals offense took time to get going, well, they didn’t get going until garbage time in the Week 1 loss to Kansas City, and it indicates the Rams will keep that trend going.
Perhaps the Cardinals, unlike in Weeks 1 and 2, will keep pace early in this one. And even if they get the ball first, expect a quick three-and-out or something similar, allowing the Rams with an opportunity to march down the field and score the opening points.
In Week 2, I finished 2-1 in my best bets avenue, coming within a half-point of finishing 3-0. But hey, if I had to watch it again, I will take Byron Murphy’s big return for six over winning the over/under any day if it means getting a W for the Cardinals. It still won the moneyline best bet, so there was something to be salvaged.