Arizona Sports predicts Cardinals vs. Rams
The Arizona Cardinals head to St. Louis for a nationally televised game against the Rams.
While the Cardinals are looking to remain undefeated the Rams are hoping to get above the .500 mark for the first time since Week 1 of the 2006 season.
What's going to happen? The experts at Arizona Sports 620 tell you, and we encourage you to post your prediction with a comment.
How long can a team continue to win games despite being a statistical anomaly? The Arizona Cardinals are 4-0 (the only stat that matters), but are 29th in total offense and 17th in total defense.
I think we'll see improvement in the Cardinals' running game (how could we not?) and Patrick Peterson's got to be licking his chops going up against the Rams - the same team that watched him take two punts to the house last year.
I can't believe I'm saying this, but I think the Cardinals move to 5-0 with an ugly, low-scoring win.
If the Cardinals would have played well against Miami, I'd be picking the Rams this week. However, a poor showing taught a great lesson. The Rams' win over Seattle also ups the ante on a game that appeared much simpler a month ago.
Look for Patrick Peterson to play out of his mind. I think the score will be close but the game won't feel like it. Late St. Louis score makes it closer than it really was.
I hope the Cardinals defense comes out and plays this game like the Niners did against the Jets; ticked. Looking to, metaphorically, punch somebody in the face after giving up all those yards to the Dolphins. I think the absence of Darnell Dockett had a lot to do with the Dolphins game and his return should really help against the Rams. Kevin Kolb is going to have a tough time throwing against that Rams defense. They've been stout against the pass all year. It's the Ryan Williams game. Is he up to it? I think so.
Final Score: Cardinals 23, Rams 15
Cards move to 5-0 with this win against a team that is getting better but still one of the worst in the NFL.
I expect a good game from Ryan Williams, as the Rams rush defense last year gave up 253 yards to DeMarco Murray and 228 to Beanie Wells. So the Cardinals should commit to the run and see some results. The Rams beat Seattle last week but did it with four field goals and a fake field goal for a touchdown. Their offense is just not very good and against a Cardinals defense that is one of the better units in the league -- despite last week's struggles against the Dolphins -- I just don't see St. Louis moving up and down the field.
Watch out for this rookie kicker for the Rams, Greg Zuerlein, he is pretty darn good, as he knocked in field goals from 58 and 60 yards last week and is 12-for-12 on the year. So you don't want a game coming down to him having to hit a field goal to win it. But I don't think it gets there, Cards by double digits in this one.
The Cardinals and Rams rarely play pretty games, and since this one is a few days early, it won't buck the trend.
That said, Arizona is the more talented team and coming off a game they didn't play well in. They won, but played poorly enough to make sure they'd be focused for this one.
Won't be a blowout, but expect Ryan Williams to score his first professional TD (that counts) and the defense to come up with a couple turnovers.
This is so easy this year, now that we all know the Cardinals won't lose the hard part is picking the score. Two wins by two points, another by 3, and then a rout of the Eagles. Hmmm, if the Redbirds' secondary is going to struggle with the Miami passing attack then expect more of the same from Sam Bradford and the Rams. I think the Cardinals will win, but it'll be closer than it should be.
Final Score: Cardinals 26, Rams 23
I'll be surprised if it's more than a one score game heading down the stretch again, but due the belief these guys have in each other I think the Cardinals find a way to get it done once again.
Final Score: Cardinals 20, Rams 17
Primetime ensures prime performance from Cardinals. And Cards' best effort still tops Rams' best attempt.
Final Score: Cardinals 27, Rams 17
The Cardinals are 5-0? They will be after this week. There's no way the Rams can make progress against the Cards' defense.
Final Score: Cardinals 23, Rams 6
Cards lose their first game of the season to the Rams as St. Louis special teams will be the key.
Final Score: Rams 21, Cardinals 17
If you had told me a week ago the Cardinals had a trap game coming up, I would have assumed it was Thursday night at St. Louis. But it seems like the Dolphins game already served that purpose. Despite its ugliness, the Cardinals survived and will use it as a stepping stone against the Rams. Ryan Tannehill carved up Ray Horton's secondary, but lightning can't strike twice, can it? Despite the short week, I say no.
Final Score: Cardinals 24, Rams 13
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