Rams vs Cardinals : The Rams will be without Todd Gurley when they face the Cardinals on Sunday. The Rams will take on Arizona in a holiday battle on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. The Rams don’t have the home-field advantage, but they do enjoy a 14-point advantage in the spread.
It was all tied up at halftime, but the Rams weren’t quite Philadelphia’s equal in the second half when they met last week. The Rams took a 23-30 hit to the loss column at the hands of Philadelphia. What made the loss an especially bitter pill for the Rams to swallow was that the Rams had been favored by 13.5 points coming into the match.
Meanwhile, Arizona found themselves the reluctant recipients of an unpleasant 14-40 punch to the gut against Atlanta. Arizona were down by 7-33 at the end of the third quarter, which was just too much to recover from.
The matchup looks promising for the Rams, who are favored by a full 14 points. They have failed bettors in their past two games, so bettors better beware.
The Rams took their game against Arizona the last time the two teams met by a conclusive 34-0 score. The rematch might be a little tougher for the Rams since the squad won’t have home-field advantage. We’ll see if the change in venue makes a difference.
The 24-year-old running back initially was listed as questionable with inflammation in his knee, but he will be sidelined for Week 16’s matchup after going through a pregame workout, according to ESPN. The Rams are playing it safe, though they were optimistic all throughout the week that he would return.
“We’re not going to do anything that isn’t smart for Todd,” McVay said Friday (via NFL.com). “It’s a team effort. Trusting how he feels, what our doctors say and what is best for our football team.”
“We’ll see how he responds to some of the rehab that we’re doing over the next couple of days,” McVay added. “And really, when you’ve got that hour and a half to decide before the game [about] your inactives, it will probably go right up until then. But like we talk about all the time, we’ll have some contingency plans in place and we’re going to do what’s best for Todd.”
Gurley originally suffered the injury in the third quarter of Los Angeles’ 30-23 loss to the Eagles in Week 15, but he returned to the game after sitting out just one series.
A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Gurley has tallied 1,251 yards and 17 scores on the ground in 2018. He has also added four receiving touchdowns.
The Rams (11-3) will face the Cardinals (3-11) Sunday at 4:05 p.m. ET.