St. Louis Rams vs. Arizona Cardinals: Staff Predictions


The 1-2 St. Louis Rams play their first divisional road game of the 2015 season on Sunday, facing the 3-0 Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. As is a weekly tradition, our Arch Authority staff took a stab at guessing how the game will turn out.

Patrick Karraker (1-2): “Every time I think that the Rams are going to go up against one of the best teams in the league and get blown out, they end up playing a smart, spirited game and usually pick up the win. I’m going to take a wild guess that this will be the case in Week 4, as the Rams seem well-positioned to battle with a Cardinals team that has been one of the best in the NFL thus far. It won’t be easy, but if guys like Aaron Donald, Robert Quinn, Alec Ogletree, and Mark Barron can put enough pressure on Carson Palmer, they may be able to shut down Arizona’s offensive attack enough so that their own lack of an elite offense is not an issue. “

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Nic Moody (2-1)“The Rams will likely be in this one until the end, but with the lack of offense, there is no guarantee that the Rams defense can win the entire game for them. The addition of Brian Quick will help tremendously, and with Gurley getting more reps this week as well, the Rams are in position to pull off an upset.”

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Sammy Stava (0-1)“The Rams needed to win last week vs. the Steelers and failed, even at home and without Big Ben for some of the game. Now 1-2, it’s at Arizona and Green Bay for the next two weeks, both on the road and with the Cardinals looking like one of the best teams in the NFC. This will get ugly for St. Louis.”

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Paul Lamb (1-2): “The Carson Palmer-Larry Fitzgerald combo has never looked better, and it’s darn near unstoppable. And then add one of the top 2-3 best defenses on the other side, and the Cardinals have played like Super Bowl contenders through 3 weeks. The Rams have not, especially on offense. But this win for them will come defensively. Remember that the Rams tore Palmer’s ACL last year, which will be on his mind, and also hurt the unbreakable Big Ben last week. If this defense can keep a high level of physicality, and the offense can protect the ball, expect a low scoring upset out west.”

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