Three Reasons Why The Los Angeles Rams Will Beat The Arizona Cardinals

Updated: December 2, 2017

The Rams seem to finally have gotten the message to the entire football world that they are serious about contending for a playoff spot with a convincing 26-20 victory over the Saints, a game in which the score didn’t reflect how close the game was.

The Cardinals, on the other hand, are coming off a closely contested game in which they were able to somehow nail a last second field goal in a last-ditch effort to beat the Jaguars.  The Rams, however, have clearly looked like the better team all season long, and in more ways than just the records.  With that being said, here’s a look at three reasons why I am giving the edge to the Rams on Sunday:

#1- Better Quarterback

The Cardinals have had no QB stability whatsoever in recent weeks.  Carson Palmer has obviously been their go-to-guy for the majority of the year, but the last time these two teams squared off, Palmer left the game with an arm injury, and they haven’t had security ever since.  Drew Stanton came in as the starter for the remainder of the London game against LA, and for the next two weeks, before suffering a sprained right ankle, forcing Blaine Gabbert to enter as the starter.

Although Gabbert has proven to show some potential, none of them, including Palmer, have been having the year Rams QB Jared Goff is having.  Goff is clearly showing everyone that his rookie year was a fluke, as he has gotten a total 2964 passing yards with a 61.8% completion rate, and a total of 19 touchdowns on the year, whereas last season he only had six touchdowns.  The NFL has become a quarterback-centric league in recent years, and Goff is adapting very well.  He has been the difference maker in several games this season and could be the main reason why the Rams win on Sunday.

#2- Strong Defense

The Rams defense opened the year up with a pick-six against Indianapolis, held the Colts to only 9 points(without superstar Aaron Donald), and ever since then have been absolutely on fire.  Players like Kayvon Webster and Nickell Robey-Coleman are starting to make their presence felt, and the pass rush has been relentless all year with 31 sacks.  It has been a huge improvement for the defense this season, and with Wade Phillips at the helm, it only looks much more intimidating.  Oh yeah, and let’s not forget that the last time they went up against Arizona, the Cardinals were shut out.

#3- Special Teams

Greg Zuerlein does not need anymore introduction in the NFL.  He currently leads the league in points, so far being perfect on PATs and only missing two field goals.  Johnny Hekker has been recognized as one of, if not, the best punter in the NFL, yet he hasn’t gotten much of a chance to showcase his skills this season since the Rams offense has been much stronger.

Pharoh Cooper has sparked life back into the Rams’ kick/punt returns, as he returned his first opening kickoff for a touchdown, and opened up last week’s game with an impressive 40-yard return that was a big factor in helping the Rams quickly get down the field for a touchdown in their opening drive.  Also, Cory Littleton alone has blocked two punts, which is more than any other team.  Meanwhile, Arizona is ranked second in punting yards, but have been forced to punt the ball 65 times, which is more than any other team except Jacksonville.

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