Tonight, the Los Angeles Rams and the Arizona Cardinals will battle in a highly-anticipated divisional showdown at State Farm Stadium. Los Angeles went winless during November, but a 37-7 victory in Week 13 against the Jacksonville Jaguars could be exactly what this team needed to get back on track. Arizona returned Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins to the field last Sunday in a 33-22 win over the Chicago Bears and are even healthier down the roster heading into this Week 14 matchup. Oddsmakers are expecting a close contest between these two elite teams, pricing the Cardinals as a 2.5-point favorite on the spread. Bettors looking to place a few more wagers in the hours leading up to kickoff will see that the value on the spread and the total has been reduced compared to its opening market price. Instead of forcing action on saturated markets, bettors may find more expected value on player props for this Monday Night Football game.
Rams vs. Cardinals Player Props Cooper Kupp u93.5 receiving yards (-113) Cooper Kupp has been outstanding this fall, but this is a high number against one of the better pass defenses in the NFL. Kupp is likely to be shadowed primarily by Byron Murphy Jr. in this contest, who Pro Football Focus has graded as one of the best slot cornerbacks in the league this fall. When these two teams met in Week 4, Kupp struggled to find much open space–totaling only five receptions for 64 yards. Missing Robert Woods from the wide receiver room is only going to make life more difficult for Kupp in this one. Take the under here. Van Jefferson o50.5 receiving yards (-106) Van Jefferson has experienced a relatively disappointing season for the Rams, but he still remains heavily targeted in the Los Angeles passing game. In Jefferson’s last five games, he has totaled 88 yards, 41 yards, 54 yards, 93 yards, and 41 yards. He has been targeted at least six times in each of those contests, including an average of 8.5 targets over the last two weeks. Jefferson can be boom-or-bust, which makes him a volatile betting option. Yet, there is a good chance that Jefferson booms in this one, especially considering that he hauled in six catches for 90 yards when Los Angeles played Arizona earlier this year. DeAndre Hopkins u58.5 receiving yards (-106) DeAndre Hopkins looked far from 100 percent in his return to the field in Week 13. Though he found pay dirt, Hopkins caught only two balls for 32 yards against the Chicago Bears, who have one of the worst secondary units in the entire league. On Monday Night Football, Hopkins is likely to see a number of offensive snaps matched up with Jalen Ramsey, who is arguably the best cornerback in football. Playing at less than full health against a top-notch defender is unlikely to yield many open looks for Hopkins in this one. Take the under on his receiving prop. Kyler Murray o27.5 rushing yards (-113) In Week 4, Kyler Murray used his legs six times to amass 39 yards rushing for the Cardinals. In his return to the field last Sunday, Murray ran for 59 yards, including two scores. Playing behind a mediocre offensive line, and having his top receiver playing at less than 100 percent–Murray could once again be forced to escape the pocket in this matchup against a Rams defensive line that is likely to find its way into the backfield plenty of times on Monday night. The over is worth considering in this spot. r