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NFL Betting - Arizona at St. Louis

NFL betting excitement is running high for the opening game of the NFL gambling season between the Arizona Cardinals and host St. Louis Rams.

NFL betting news has been hot and heavy from both camps as each side will start a different quarterback than what was expected as the start of the NFL gambling preseason.

Sports-Gambling opened with Cardinals as a 4-point road favorite and with an over/under of 39.  Kickoff is at 4:20 PM Eastern.

The Cardinals are coming off the most successful 2-year run in franchise history under head coach Ken Whisenhunt, who has led them to back to back playoff appearances.  One key element will be missing this year however as QB Kurt Warner has retired.

Warner’s understudy and 2006 first round draft pick Matt Leinart was supposed to be the starter for 2010 but he had the job literally ripped from him by Derek Anderson, who struggled as a Cleveland Brown before arriving in Arizona this past offseason.  Leinart has since been cut and signed with the Houston Texans.

The Cardinals have beaten the NFL odds in 9 out of their last 13 NFC West divisional games with 5 out of the last 6 going under the total.

The number one pick of the 2010 NFL Draft will get the start at QB for the Rams as Sam Bradford performed well in preseason action.  The Rams are coming off seasons of 3-13, 2-14, and 1-15 last year and needed a fresh face for the franchise and to increase fan interest, which Bradford has done.

AJ Feely was the projected starter but was hurt in preseason, which opened the door for Bradford.  Head coach Steve Spagnuolo said that the improvement in communication with the offensive line was what impressed him most about the preseason.

The Rams also signed free agent WR Mark Clayton last week, who was a 2005 first round draft pick.  The Rams have gone a dreadful 9-20 with the NFL lines in home games and 7-21 against the spread in NFC West action.  They have just 1 opening day payout in the last 10 years.

The home team has beaten the NFL betting board in 5 out of the last 6 head to head matchups in this series with the favorite and the Cardinals both getting the money in 4 out of the last 5 matchups.  This series has gone under the total 4 consecutive games.