Arizona Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Rams score picks, predictions for NFL playoffs Monday

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The Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams play in Los Angeles on Monday night to conclude the wild-card round of the NFL playoffs.

Check out these picks and predictions for the game from The Arizona Republic.

The Rams are a 3.5-point favorite in the game, according to Tipico Sportsbook.

Arizona is +155 on the money line and Los Angeles is -190.

The over/under is set at 49.5 points.

The game is scheduled to kick off at 6:15 p.m. MST time and can be seen on ESPN and ABC.

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Bob McManaman, Cardinals beat writer: Cardinals 30, Rams 27

"Anything can happen in the playoffs and the buzz I keep getting out of the Cardinals is that Kyler Murray is primed for the game of his life. We’ll see what he’s able to do in his NFL playoff debut, but he’s capable of just about anything. He can’t do it by himself but to me, it starts and ends with No.1."

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Dana Scott, Cardinals reporter: Rams 27, Cardinals 20

"The Cardinals went to sleep in December on their 7-0 cushion in this season’s first half. If Matt Stafford doesn’t keep throwing picks, he’ll likely get over his longstanding playoff hump with the Rams’ bevy of weapons before Kliff Kingsbury gets past his own second-half seasonal hump."

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Kent Somers, sports columnist: Rams 24, Cardinals 20

"The Cardinals are 8-1 away from this season, so there’s a temptation to pick them to win this wildcard-round game. I’m resisting because the Cardinals offense has struggled as of late."

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Greg Moore, sports columnist: Rams 5, Cardinals 0

"This is not financial advice. If you decide to gamble your money and lose, that’s on you. (If you treat this as financial advice against my advice and then you win, I’ll expect you to send me a very nice thank you note … made of bank notes.) The over/under is 49 ½. And I’m picking the under because this is an audition for Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph and Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris. Each of these guys is worthy of a new chance to run a team. The line is Rams by 4. And I think LA will beat Arizona by more than a field goal. (And I can’t believe I just typed those words. I think I’m gonna be sick.) So Rams 5, Cardinals 0. Because Rams corner Jalen Ramsey wears 5, and Cardinals receiver DeAndre Hopkins isn’t playing."

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Will the Arizona Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night? Our writers are pretty split on the outcome of the final NFL playoff wild-card game.
Will the Arizona Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night? Our writers are pretty split on the outcome of the final NFL playoff wild-card game.

Jose Romero, sports reporter: Cardinals 27, Rams 20

"I just don't believe the Rams have enough offensive firepower beyond Cooper Kupp, if Matthew Stafford can get him the ball often enough, to score a lot of points. The Cardinals go into L.A. and the defense is the difference maker in a 27-20 win."

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Jenna Ortiz, sports reporter: Cardinals 17, Rams 14

"Arizona plays better on the road and have a multitude of stats to back that up, including the offensive line giving up nine less sacks on the road than at home. While the Cardinals have key injuries still, the defense will be facing Matthew Stafford at quarterback, who still isn't 100 percent from a toe injury suffered in the 27-24 loss to San Francisco last week."

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Chris Coppola, sports content coach: Rams 31, Cardinals 23

"Can Arizona’s suddenly leaky offensive line give Kyler Murray the time he needs to find anyone downfield against a strong L.A. defensive front? Will the Cardinals show they can consistently stop the run? The Rams won’t need much on the ground, but if Arizona gives them enough to loosen things up for Matthew Stafford and Co., that will be a problem."

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Emily Horos, deputy sports editor: Cardinals 27, Rams 21

"This game will be determined in the second half. Either the Cardinals will wither like they have done in the past or they will find a way to solidify the defense and give the offense a spark. The return of a certain defensive end could give the Cardinals an edge on that side of the ball, while a couple of healthy running backs would go a long way toward carrying the offense late."

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Jeremy Cluff, social media sports reporter: Rams 28, Cardinals 27

"I'm tempted to go with the road team in this game between division rivals, but the Cardinals' play down the stretch just prevents me from picking the upset. It will be close, however. Very close."

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