The LA Rams take on NFC West foe, Arizona Cardinals in a battle for third place. Both teams are coming off of tough losses but the Rams are the superior team with superior coaching and will emerge victorious.
The Rams are 6-0 against Arizona during the McVay era and ask anyone around – McVay is a better coach than Kliff Kingsbury. Add the fact that the Cardinals are in the middle of a free fall, dropping three of their last four games (with that one win coming on the Hail Mary vs Buffalo). Kingsbury and star quarterback Kyler Murray will have a tall order against a Rams defense that is ranked at the top of almost every defensive metric.
In games that Arizona wins, Murray has rushed for more than 65 yards. In losses, he manages 52 yards – with a paltry 23 rushing yards per game in his past two. The concept is simple: limit Murray’s yards on the ground and you win the game.
In fact, Arizona averages 156 rushing yards per game – fourth most in the NFL. However, they are facing a Rams defense ranked fourth against the run allowing a paltry 93 yards per game. Something has to give and I’m betting on the Rams defense.
On the flip-side, the Rams signal caller, Jared Goff has has a brutal four game stretch where he amassed 10 turnovers. In order for the Rams to win, Goff will have to eliminate the unforced errors. Fortunately for Goff and the Rams, he was lights out in both 2019 games throwing for 743 yards, five TDs and no INTs.
Arizona will try to pressure Goff into mistakes as they’re fourth in the league in terms of blitz rate (40%). All the more reason to run the ball against a porous Cardinal run defense (ranked 21st). Cam Akers is emerging as the Rams back with the most juice and this game could see him get the lionshare of touches.
Divisional games are always tough, but the Rams are the most complete team and will get the “W”, 34-20.
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