Greg Cote

Greg Cote’s Thursday NFL pick: Cardinals vs. Rams

CARDINALS (10-3) at RAMS (6-7)

Line: STL by 4

Cote’s pick: STL 19-17

TV: 8:25 p.m., NFL Network

It isn’t a scintillating matchup to launch NFL Week 15, but an Arizona win all but clinches a playoff spot. Cardbirds have a much better record and beat St. Lou 31-14 in November. So why are Rams a four-point favorite? Simple. ‘Zona has sputtered to only four offensive TDs in four games since last month’s meeting, while Rams have since gone 3-1 including two in a row by a combined 76-0. Homies could become first team since ’76 Steelers to pitch three straight shutouts. Also, all three Cards losses have been on road, and the look-ahead factor is a danger, too, with Cacti hosting 9-4 Seattle next in another division game that could be for first place. Rams have been the better team lately, and that sack-strong D should give Drew Stanton problems. Still like Cards to sneak inside the betting line, though.

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