Cardinals vs. Rams Week 1 NFL Odds, NFL Predictions & NFL Picks 2010

arizona-cardinals-anquan-boldinNFL Predictions - Cardinals vs. Rams Week 1 NFL Odds, NFL Predictions & NFL Picks 2010: The NFL odds 2010 season kicks-off today with a battle in St. Louis featuring the Cardinals versus the Rams. These two NFC West franchises are heading in different directions and the NFL odds show the NFL picks favorites to be the Arizona Cardinals. Vegas odds have placed the Cardinals as -4(-105) point road NFL predictions favorite. The Cardinals were 5-3 against the spread (ATS) on the road during last years regular NFL odds season and the Seahawks has a 3-5 NFL predictions record at home ATS as the underdog. Arizona has won seven straight NFL picks contests against the Rams.

The Rams finished last or near last in almost every meaningful statistical category in the 2009 NFL predictions season, as to be expected for a team that went 1-15. The Rams feature a number of new players at key positions to kick-off the 2010 NFL picks schedule, including all-new wide receivers, and, of course, at QB with the #1 pick in the 2010 NFL draft in Sam Bradford. Bradford will start his first NFL picks contest as the new franchise quarterback and will have the comfort of handing-off to Steven Jackson, a work horse back who will see plenty of carries in this week 1 NFL odds battle. Arizona will counter with an attacking defense with some new faces, include CB Greg Toler, and ex-Steeler, ex-Dolphin Joey Porter at OLB. The Cards feature a dominant safety Adrian Wilson at safety who is a master at disguising his coverage, and might lead to a mistake by the rookie QB.

On the other side of the ball in this week 1 NFL odds battle, the Cardinals have undergone some changes of their own. Out are Kurt Warner and Matt Leinart at quarterback and in is ex-Brown Derek Anderson, the winner in a surprise training camp battle. Anderson had a few good years in Cleveland and he will have receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Steve Breaston as targets this NFL picks season, as well as big tight end Ben Patrick, but you have to wonder if this group won’t take a step back. Tim Hightower will be the primary back in this week 1 NFL predictions match-up as Beanie Wells nurses an injury. He is expected to play, however.

This opeing week 1 NFL picks contest should not be a problem for the Cardinals, even with the new face at quarterback, as the Rams’ defense is still awful. The Rams are still waiting for DE Chris Long to develop, and the only tested playmakers on defense are LBs Na’il Diggs and James Laurinaitis.

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