Los Angeles Rams: 4 bold predictions for Wild Card playoff game vs. Cardinals
The Los Angeles Rams NFL Wild Card playoff matchup with the Arizona Cardinals is a divisional battle between two teams that split the season series. Both teams won on each other’s home field, something the Rams are hoping to change when they host the Cardinals at SoFi Stadium on Monday night.
The Rams lead the all-time series between two of the longest-tenured NFL franchises, 46-39-2. Sunday’s Rams-Cardinals game will be the 88th all-time meeting between the two storied NFL franchises, but just the second one to happen in the postseason. The first playoff matchup between the two was in 1975 when the Rams beat the then-St. Louis Cardinals in the divisional round.
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Here are our bold Rams predictions for their Wild Card matchup against the Cardinals.
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Los Angeles Rams Wild Card Predictions
4. Matthew Stafford will be error-free
This seems like one hell of a shot in the dark, but why not. If the Rams are going to advance far in the postseason, it will be because Stafford is able to take them there. That starts this week when not only does he not throw multiple picks for the first time in almost a month, but he actually manages to have zero interceptions, fumbles, and sacks. It is possible Rams fans, you just have to believe.
3. Tyler Higbee will have eight targets
Over the past few weeks, Higbee has been the second-most targeted Ram behind wide receiver Cooper Kupp. Not Odell Beckham Jr., not Van Jefferson, but Tyler freaking Higbee.
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Last week, Higbee finally found the end-zone for the first time since Week 10. In fact, Higbee got there twice, and it is clear that Stafford is comfortable throwing the ball to Higbee whether he is covered or not.
TYLER HIGBEE MY GOODNESS 🤯
His 2nd TD of the day has the Rams up big on the Niners
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 9, 2022
2. Sony Michel will have 130+ total yards
Michel has been receiving 20+ touches per game over the past two months and this game against the Cardinals should be no different. The Cardinals allow the sixth-highest yards per rush in the NFL (4.6) and the Rams will be taking advantage of that early and often on Monday Night. Last week was the first time in the aforementioned two-month span that Michel did not get either rover 80 yards or a touchdown. He gets back on the horse in a big way and it is exactly what the Rams will need.
1. Cam Akers will score the winning touchdown
Last week, Akers received his first playing time of the season and it was a miracle that he was even out there. After a partially-torn Achilles injury in August seemingly ended his season, Akers was an afterthought for Rams fans and NFL fans alike. To his credit, though, he worked his butt off and made it back from an injury that usually has a nine-month recovery timeline in just over five months. He will be rewarded for his hard work this week against the Cardinals when he gets four goal-line carries. After three unsuccessful tries earlier in the game, Akers will make his last one count, and punch the ball in for the winning score. Rams 27, Cardinals 20.