Last updated: December 27th at 5:45pm ET
Team Totals: Rams 28, Cardinals 21
Kliff Kingsbury all but admitted Friday that Kyler Murray (hamstring) won’t play against the Rams, which would give Brett Hundley the start in a meaningless game for both couch-bound NFC West teams. Hundley has attempted all of ten regular season passes since 2017, when Hundley was an abomination in nine starts for the Packers, managing 5.8 yards per attempt and a 9:12 TD-to-INT ratio. Kenyan Drake – playing the final game of his contract year in an Arizona rushing offense that has been more or less matchup proof all season – is the Cardinals’ lone trustworthy DFS play here. It helps that Los Angeles got slaughtered by enemy backs for a combined 68/412/4 (6.06 YPC) rushing line over the last three weeks.
Even after his catch-less Week 16, Christian Kirk is worth at least a DFS-tournament glance against a Rams secondary that won’t have first-team CBs Jalen Ramsey (knee) and Troy Hill (thumb).
There were whispers all week leading up to this game that the Rams might rest at least a handful of starters, or play them less than usual. A prime candidate for this sort of treatment is knee-inflamed Todd Gurley, who Sean McVay rode into the ground in the back half of the season in unsuccessful hopes of keeping Los Angeles’ playoff bid alive. With Darrell Henderson (ankle) done for the year, Malcolm Brown would become an exciting Week 17 bellcow candidate should we learn before kickoff that Gurley will indeed rest.
Rams LT Andrew Whitworth (quad) is nursing a legitimate injury and plays on the same side as NFL sack leader Chandler Jones. This is a big concern for pressure-sensitive Jared Goff. Tyler Higbee, Robert Woods, and Cooper Kupp do seem relatively safe from playing-time and usage standpoints.
Score Prediction: Rams 23, Cardinals 20