Arizona Cardinals vs St. Louis Rams Betting Odds

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The Arizona Cardinals are definitely the surprise team in the NFL through four weeks of the season. Arizona sits a 4-0, and will go on the road in Week 5 to visit NFC West rival St. Louis on Thursday night, in what has suddenly become a marquee game.

Both the Cardinals and Rams are coming off of a win in their last outing. For Arizona, it was definitely a close call against the Miami Dolphins, as the Cardinals needed overtime to squeak out a 24-21 win. For the Rams, it was a 19-13 division win over the Seattle Seahawks.

St. Louis gets this matchup at home on Sunday, and will try to be the first team to hand the Cardinals a loss.

Arizona has had some close calls this season. In fact three of their four games have been decided by less than five points, with the lone exception the Week 3 beatdown of the Philadelphia Eagles at home. The Cardinals have definitely been living on the edge, but have gotten it done defensively with some big plays when they needed.

However, the play of quarterback Kevin Kolb has been great in the second half, which was key in the win over Miami in overtime.

Oddsmakers believe that Arizona will go into St. Louis and get a win and stay unbeaten. Cardinals vs Rams Week 5 Betting Odds available at Bovada Sportsbook have set Arizona as two-point favorites in the game. The Cardinals will need at least a field-goal win to cover the betting line. St. Louis can cover at home with a one-point loss or a straight up win.

The over/under point total has been set at 39 points.

The key matchup in this game will probably be Rams quarterback Sam Bradford against the secondary of the Cardinals which has been pretty solid this season, led by Patrick Peterson. Peterson might in fact be one of the top cover corners in the NFL, or is well on his way.

But the Rams rank just 28th in the NFL in passing output per game. Bradford has thrown just four touchdowns in four games, something that will have to change if St. Louis is to challenge. Not to mention the fact that Steven Jackson has yet to get in the endzone as well.

The Cardinals and Rams kick off at 8:20 pm ET on Thursday with coverage on the NFL Network.

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