The addition of a Monday night playoff game adds an interesting wrinkle to wrap up the opening weekend of the 2022 NFL playoffs.
The Arizona Cardinals (11-6) and the LA Rams (12-5) square off in the NFL’s first Monday night playoff game. The all-NFC West battle should be a doozy as the pair split their two regular-season matchups.
- Arizona won 37-20 as four-point underdogs against LA back in Week 4. The Cardinals opened the season with a seven-game winning streak.
- The Rams were underdogs in the Week 14 Monday night rematch, but they also pulled off a mild upset on the road with a 30-23 win on Dec. 13.
Sportsbooks in Iowa should see plenty of action as fans use one last chance to place an NFL bet in the wild card round. Cardinals at Rams kicks off at 7:15 p.m. Monday on both ESPN and ABC. ESPN+ is the streaming option. It’s also one last chance to take advantage of a FanDuel Sportbook offer that pays out in cash — not bonus bet credits — with a win.
The Cardinals are making their first playoff appearance since 2015. They’ve only won seven playoff games all-time, only securing one win in the last decade. The Rams were 4-6 against the spread in the 10 games as four-point favorites or more this fall.
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The Rams felt they needed a quarterback change to go beyond last season’s divisional-round appearance. They added Matthew Stafford to the mix with a bigger playoff run in mind. He was third in the league with 3,886 passing yards while his 41 touchdown passes were second-most. He completed 67 percent of his passes while throwing 17 interceptions.
Stafford’s favorite receiver was the electric Cooper Kupp, who led the NFL in receptions (145), receiving yards (1,947) and touchdown catches (16). Defensively, the Rams secured 19 interceptions, tied for the third-most in the league while they held opponents to the sixth-fewest rushing yards (1,754).
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The Cardinals are led by the remarkably elusive quarterback play of Kyler Murray. The third-year pro out of Oklahoma tallied 4,210 total yards and 29 touchdowns, passing for 3,787 yards and 24 touchdowns while adding 423 yards and five touchdowns on the ground.
Defensively, the Cardinals held opponents to the seventh-fewest passing yards (3,645) in the league.
Murray torched the Rams for 268 passing yards and two touchdowns on 24-of-32 passing in the Week 4 win. Stafford led the Rams to the Dec. 13 win with 287 yards and three touchdowns. Murray was spectacular yet again, throwing for 383 yards though he did not connect on a touchdown pass.
Arizona struggled to the finish, losing six of their final 10 games, falling from the top seed in the NFC down into a road game in the Wild Card round. The Rams won five of their last six on the other hand, compiling a five-game winning streak to capture the NFC West crown.
BetMGM Sportsbook in Iowa has a “last call” offer for the wild card round, too. New customers who bet $10 can win $200 in bonus bets if either team scores a touchdown.
Fans get one more week of Monday night bets because of a Sept. 24 announcement by the NFL. The league had Saturday and Sunday tripleheaders in 2020. They moved one of the Saturday games to their popular Monday night timeslot and network this season.