Los Angeles Rams (6-5) at Arizona Cardinals (3-7-1)
Time: 3:05 p.m. CT, Sunday
Line: Rams by 3 points
Playoff Seeding: Los Angeles 7th, Arizona 12th
On paper, this should be a smash spot for the Rams against an Arizona team that shows some promise for the future, but just isn’t a playoff contender right now. However, the Rams have begun to fall off a cliff thanks to an over-aggressive approach to upgrade their roster and an offense that has started to fade in the past couple weeks.
Although Brandin Cooks (concussion) and Robert Woods (personal) returned for L.A. last week, it didn’t help Jared Goff, who threw for just 212 yards and two interceptions in a loss to the Ravens. In addition, Todd Gurley hasn’t been able to find the creases in a battered offensive line, rushing for just 3.9 yards per carry over his last 12 games dating back to last season.
Perhaps the Cardinals, who have allowed the third-most yards in the NFL this year, can provide a get right spot. But with Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray having a solid rookie season, this could be another opportunity for the Vikings to extend their two-game lead on the final playoff spot in the NFC.