On Sunday, the LA Rams will be facing off against division rivals.
In October, the LA Rams defeated the Arizona Cardinals across the pond in London. LA showed their improvements in their first divisional matchup with Arizona this year.
Arizona has an opportunistic defense and their offense is good, but without Carson Palmer, they aren’t one of the top teams. They struggle without their starting quarterback. As a team through eleven games, they have passed for 256.8 and rushed for 72.8 yards per game. They have struggled.
This opens the door for the LA Rams defense to reiterate they have a forceful defense. Jared Goff and the offense will need to repeat their performance from the first meeting to justify their case of being a top team in the NFL.
Yes, LA won the first meeting, but they should still be concerned with the Cardinals. Arizona is coming off of a victory with their third starting quarterback and a game-winning field goal against a top AFC team. Let me just say the Cardinals have the same amount of momentum as LA does.
Blaine Gabbert is no Carson Palmer, but he understands the name of the game and can help lead his team down the field with a chance to win the game. Hence, their recent victory against a non-conference opponent.
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Both teams have excellent defenses, good offenses, therefore the game will come down to who can win the battle on special teams.
LA currently sits two spots under Arizona in overall defense rankings at sixteen according to espn.com.
However, on offense, the Rams have the advantage sitting in the top five overall rankings. Jared Goff and the offense have 261.5 passing yards per game and 117.5 rushing yards per game through eleven games.
As mentioned earlier the game will be decided by who executes on special teams. This is the games X-factor.
LA has consistently put up games of thirty plus points, hence the fifth-ranked overall offense. They will need to watch out for the Cardinals defense. Additionally, the Rams should be concerned on offense as Arizona snuck past the number one overall defense in the Jacksonville Jaguars.
It doesn’t look like the Cardinals will make the playoffs, yet they can play upset to many teams. The Rams need to be aware. Also, which team prepares and executes their game plan will win. LA needs to remember their division rivals are better than their record.