For Eagles fans like myself, tonight is a must win for the Rams. Too bad I’m not feeling very confident. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Cardinals at Rams
I thought the Cardinals beat the Chiefs thanks to some curious and funky officiating. Arizona has long been a house of horrors for Andy Reid but Sunday’s defeat may have catapulted to the top of the list just under Reid’s NFC Championship defeat following the 2008 season. Anyway, that was the third fluky win by the Cardinals this season. At some point the bounces (and calls) that have gone their way will bounce the other way.
Obviously, it’s easy for me to root against Arizona. They own a tiebreaker over the Eagles, and my life would be easier if they fell off the map completely. Also, I’ve called the Cardinals frauds all season. It’s now Week 15. I’m clearly sinking with that ship even if I look like a fool doing so. With that said, the overconfidence in the Rams throughout the sports world heading into tonight’s contest has me concerned. There’s simply too much belief in a 6-7 team. You know why the Rams are 6-7? You know why their record in 2012 was 7-8-1 and then 7-9 in 2013? St. Louis is consistently inconsistent, that’s why.
Even worse, the Cardinals have everything to play for while the Rams have zilch on the line. The whole country is telling the Cardinals they can’t do it while we all blow smoke up the Rams butt for back-to-back shut outs over the Raiders and Redskins. When was the last time a 10-3 team was a 4.5 dog to a 6-7 squad? Come on, Vegas. I need a favor here. Don’t give the Cardinals more motivation.
And yes, if you can’t tell, I’m panicking. A win Thursday all but guarantees the Cardinals a playoff spot. They have wins over the Eagles, Cowboys and Lions. Arizona is the emperor of the NFC Wildcard tiebreaker. I want and need a Rams victory, so I’m taking St. Louis even though I fear the worst is coming. RAMS If I were Charles Barkley; Cardinals +4.5