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Cardinals vs. Rams: The best Matt Stafford player prop bets for Wild Card weekend

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January 17th, 2022

NFC West rivals will meet for the third time this season when the Arizona Cardinals travel to SoFi Stadium – home of Super Bowl LVI – to take on the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night.

If L.A. wants to become just the second team to play in the Super Bowl on their own turf, they’ll need a big effort from Matt Stafford at quarterback. Let’s dive into his player props and see if that will come to fruition or not.

Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams, 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN

Tue, January 18 2022, 1:15 AM

LA Rams

Moneyline

-186

Spread

-3.5

Total

O 49.5

ARI Cardinals

Moneyline

+150

Spread

+3.5

Total

U 49.5

Matt Stafford Over/Under 1.5 passing touchdowns

Stafford looks like a good bet to toss at least two touchdowns in this game.

The Georgia product averaged 2.4 touchdowns per game this year, with a total of 41 over 17 tilts. Stafford threw at least one touchdown in every game this season, and was held to only one on just four occasions.

In two meetings with the Cardinals this year, the Rams signal caller produced five passing touchdowns, and only one interception. The juice is fairly high for a prop wager, but this one looks like a slam dunk.

NFL pick: Over (-180)


Matt Stafford Over/Under 23.5 pass completions

Though Arizona ranked seventh in passing yards against per game (214.4), that figure can be misleading. The Cardinals’ pass stoppers are exploitable, and Stafford should avail himself of opportunities through the air all game long.

Stafford completed 68.3% of his passes at home this year, and Arizona is 16th in opponent completion percentage (65.4%). He also had an astounding 107.7 passer rating at SoFi Stadium this season, while the Cardinals surrendered a 93.5 opponent passer rating, 19th in the NFL.

The more efficient Stafford can be, the fewer dropbacks it will take for him to reach this completion number. Prop bettors should be on the Over here.

NFL pick: Over (-117)


Matt Stafford Over/Under 272.5 passing yards

If Stafford goes Over 272.5 passing yards, Cooper Kupp – the NFL’s Triple Crown-winning wide-out – is likely to play a huge part in it.

Kupp had a modest five catches for 64 yards in a Week 4 loss to Arizona this year, but the rematch in Week 14 went a whole lot better for the Eastern Washington product, as he hauled in 13 passes from Stafford for 123 yards.

Stafford exceeded this line in each of his two games against the Cardinals this year, and should be able to do it again.

NFL pick: Over (-114)

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