NFL WEEK 5

Greg Cote’s Thursday night NFL pick

 

gcote@MiamiHerald.com

CARDINALS (4-0) at RAMS (2-2)

Line: ARI by 1 1/2.

Cote’s pick: STL 20-17

TV: 8:20 p.m., NFL Network

There are big, sexy matchups made for prime time. This isn’t one of them. Cards bolted St. Louis for the desert after the 1987 season. Think any Gateway Archers are still holding a grudge? Zona’s unbeaten record is propped up on balsa-wood stilts; didn’t this supposedly great defense just give up almost 500 yards to Miami? Meantime, St. Louis is improved under Jeff Fisher and coming off a nice win over Seattle. I know Cardbirds are on a 10-1 run in this NFC West series, including seven consecutive wins in STL’s dome, but that feels like a trend that needs to end, a law-of-averages kick in. On a hunch, then: Upset!

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