Cardinals at Rams, the last game of the 2022 Wild Card Round, features two divisional foes, some of the most talented players in the NFL, and the best quarterback matchup of the weekend in Kyler Murray vs. Matthew Stafford. The over/under of 49.5 is the second-highest of the weekend, (49ers-Cowboys is 50.5, check out those props here), so this is an excellent spot for player props and anytime touchdown scorer bets.
Be sure to monitor injuries we discuss below ahead of the first Monday night playoff game in NFL history.
Even on Mondays, it is important to follow the advice of Furio from The Sopranos …. “Bet with your head, not over it”
Cardinals vs. Rams Anytime TD Scorer Props
Eno Benjamin Anytime Touchdown Scorer +450 (BetRivers)
BetRivers is again giving us excellent TD scorer value. Eno Benjamin can be found in the +130 to +170 range on other sportsbooks. James Conner left last week’s loss to Seattle with an ankle injury and has not practiced this week. Chase Edmonds did not play last week but has promised to play Monday night.
It is anyone’s guess what happens here, but oddsmakers are preparing for Eno Benjamin to start. Why isn’t BetRivers? I am not sure. But they appear to be an outlier here. Grab this before it’s gone. The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport did not sound particularly positive about Conner’s availability for this weekend:
From NFL Now: A health update going into the weekend… pic.twitter.com/hobHptyOpN
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 14, 2022
Tyler Higbee Anytime TD Scorer +250 (DraftKings)
Did Higbee and Stafford finally get on the same page last week? Higbee scored twice and had his biggest game of the year. It seemed like their chemistry is moving in the right direction, and +250 is way too good to pass up here.
Cardinals vs. Rams Player Prop Bets
Kyler Murray Over 1.5 Passing Touchdowns +112 (FanDuel)
I have flirted with the Kyler Murray anytime touchdown scorer bet at +200, and if you like it, by all means jump on it. I prefer to bet on Murray to throw for his touchdowns this weekend. The projection here is probably dead on — he throws for two touchdowns about 50% of the time he plays this game. However, +112 is great value. This should be closer to +100.
Sony Michel Over 60.5 Rushing Yards -105 (PointsBet)
Cam Akers was back last week and will play again this week. Wanna know what this means for Sony Michel? Not much. Akers was on the field for only 13 plays last week (20%), while Michel got 80% of the snaps (52 plays). Michel should get ‘over’ this number pretty easily. He had 79 rushing yards last time out against the Cardinals.
Matthew Stafford Under 5.5 Rushing Yards -140 (PointsBet)
A ton of juice here, but the juice is worth the squeeze when you see Stafford has stayed ‘under’ this number in seven of his last eight games. Stafford simply doesn’t run the ball enough for an ‘over’ play at plus-money.