St Louis Rams Upset Arizona Cardinals 24-22


The Chance the Rams had at total redemption was not used in vain.

The St Louis Rams pulled off a huge upset victory against the Arizona Cardinals today. In a game where every ESPN analyst predicted them to lose. According to fan polls, about eight percent of the entire nation though the Rams would win today, and bravo to those eight percent, because the Rams went into enemy territory and played an absolute physical grudge match that would end in a 24-22 Rams victory.

The Rams got off to a fast start. On the opening kickoff, the Rams would force a fumble and recover to start in the redzone on the first play of the game. The Rams would then complete the short drive by delivering a touchdown pass to Tavon Austin, who had himself quite a wonderful game to say the least. (six receptions and 96 yards, with two touchdowns)

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The Rams were able to hold the Cardinals to five field goals through the first three quarters. The Cardinals seemed to have little trouble getting to the redzone, but then were shut down five consecutive trips in a row, after going 11-12 in the first three games this season. The Rams continue to struggle in yards given up, as they allowed 447 total yards of offense. It would not matter however, as the Rams offense struggled at first, but started to build a real identity toward the end of the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth quarter. The “X” factor? Rookie Running back Todd Gurley. This was Gurleys first start in the NFL, and boy did he not disappoint. Gurley started slow, but after exploding on a 52 yard run, Gurley would eventually put up over 100 yards rushing and carry the team to the win late in the game. Gurley finished with 19 carries for 146 yards, easily destroying anything that Tre Mason or Benny Cunningham has put up this season.

Nick Foles had himself a fine day also, throwing for 66 percent completion, and adding three touchdowns with no interceptions. Foles had more than one pass that had some serious touch on them. Including a 40+ yard pass to Tavon Austin and a 18 yard pass to Stedman Bailey in the endzone. Foles had to watch Jared Cook and Kenny Britt make more drops today, but it was better than last week.

The defense was able to get four sacks, two coming in the opening drive for Arizona. The defense took a huge loss however, as Alec Ogletree will require surgery on his ankle and could miss significant time.

With Gurley now performing in the NFL at a high level already, he will only get better from here. The Rams have a tough game next week against the Green Bay Packers, so hopefully the momentum can carry over to next week.

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