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Arizona Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Rams Pick & Prediction JAN 3TH 2021

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Arizona Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Rams Recap JAN 3TH 2021

Jared Goff passed for 319 yards and three touchdowns as the Los Angeles Rams bid farewell to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for a second time in their history with a 31-24 victory Sunday over the visiting Arizona Cardinals.

In a battle of teams already eliminated from playoff consideration, Tyler Higbee and Robert Woods caught fourth-quarter touchdown passes for the Rams (9-7), while Cooper Kupp also had TD reception. Malcolm Brown had a rushing touchdown for Los Angeles.

Kyler Murray passed for 325 yards and two touchdowns as the Cardinals saw their two-game winning streak come to an end. Murray participated in the final game of his rookie season despite a right hamstring injury that limited his mobility. He was replaced briefly in the fourth quarter by Brett Hundley.

Murray, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2019 draft, finished his debut season with 3,722 yards passing, 20 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions. He did not have any rushing yards Sunday after entering with 544 on the season.

Murray became the sixth quarterback in NFL history to pass for at least 3,500 yards and rush for 500 yards in a single season. He is the second rookie to accomplish the feat after the Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton in 2011.

Damiere Byrd's 3-yard TD reception on a pass from Murray tied the score at 17 with 4:43 remaining in the third quarter. The Rams grabbed the lead for good with 13:34 remaining when Higbee caught a 4-yard scoring pass from Goff. Woods caught an 11-yard TD pass with 7:52 remaining to take a 31-17 lead.

The Rams' defense forced the Cardinals into a season-high four turnovers, two on interceptions from Murray, while allowing just 71 yards rushing.

The Rams, who failed to make the playoffs for the first time in three years under head coach Sean McVay, will move next season into a new $5 billion stadium south of Los Angeles that they will share with the Los Angeles Chargers.

The Rams went 17-15 at the Coliseum after moving to Los Angeles for the start of the 2016 season. They also played in the historic venue from 1946 to 1979 before moving to Anaheim, Calif.

--Field Level Media

With their seasons on the line, a pair of NFC West rivals will meet on Sunday in what amounts to an early playoff game as the Arizona Cardinals face the Los Angeles Rams at Inglewood, Calif.

The short-handed Rams (9-6) need a victory or a Chicago Bears (8-7) loss to the Green Bay Packers to make the actual playoff field, but they maintain they will play Sunday's game as if a loss means elimination. The Cardinals (8-7) are in a true win-or-go-home scenario.

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The Rams will be without quarterback Jared Goff, who sustained a thumb injury last Sunday at Seattle and underwent surgery. John Wolford, who has not taken a snap in a regular-season game, is scheduled to start for a team that has lost consecutive games.

Also expected to be out is wide receiver Cooper Kupp, who tested positive for COVID-19, according to NFL Network. The Rams have not confirmed a positive test for their top receiver, who leads the team with 92 receptions and 974 yards.

The offense has other issues as running back Darrell Henderson (high ankle sprain) is out while running back Malcolm Brown (shoulder) has been limited at practice. Rookie running back Cam Akers (ankle) will try to get back on the field after not playing against the Seahawks.

"I believe in this team," Rams coach Sean McVay said. "I trust in their mental toughness and I think that the overarching message is let's put everything that we have into this. Let's not be afraid to put it all out there one more time. Get back up off the mat and keep swinging and have no regrets no matter how this thing ends up."

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The Rams are in their near do-or-die situation after failing to clinch a playoff berth in a Week 15 loss to the previously winless New York Jets before also losing at Seattle in Week 16.

The Cardinals were dealt a blow last week when they were completely taken out of their game in a 20-12 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. The defeat came after consecutive victories over the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles.

The Cardinals, who are trying to get into the playoffs for the first time since 2015, will have quarterback Kyler Murray at the helm even though he sustained a right leg injury on his final pass attempt Sunday.

"Yeah, I'll be playing," Murray said. "There's no holding back. If we lose, I'll be home chillin'. It's my leg. I'm fine.

"It's an opportunity that only we could ask for. It's an opportunity to play in the playoffs, get in and we're right where we want to be with everything that has happened this year."

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The Cardinals do have questions at running back with Chase Edmonds nursing a hip injury that has his status in doubt. Murray was a full participant in practice Wednesday, but Edmonds did not participate.

Also not participating for the Cardinals on Wednesday were wide receivers DeAndre Hopkins (hip) and Larry Fitzgerald (groin). Members of the defense missing at practice Wednesday were linebacker Haason Reddick (hip) and safety Chris Banjo (hip).

The Rams took linebacker Micah Kiser (knee) off injured reserve, but he still is not expected to play Sunday.

--Field Level Media

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Arizona Cardinals

Los Angeles Rams

Player Position Lineup
Zach Allen primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Budda Baker primary: Safety Starter
Mason Cole primary: Center Starter
Kenyan Drake primary: Runningback Starter
Jordan Hicks primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
D.J. Humphries primary: Left Tackle Starter
KeeSean Johnson primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Justin Murray primary: Right Guard Starter
Kyler Murray primary: Quarterback Starter
Patrick Peterson primary: Cornerback Starter
Justin Pugh primary: Left Guard Starter
Haason Reddick primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Trent Sherfield primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Maxx Williams primary: Tight End Starter
DeAndre Hopkins primary: Wide Receiver Starter
De'Vondre Campbell primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Rashard Lawrence primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Kelvin Beachum primary: Right Tackle Starter
Dre Kirkpatrick primary: Cornerback Starter
Angelo Blackson primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Markus Golden primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Stacy McGee primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Dan Arnold primary: Tight End Substitution
Aaron Brewer primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Darrell Daniels primary: Tight End Substitution
Chase Edmonds primary: Runningback Substitution
Andy Isabella primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Andy Lee primary: Punter Substitution
Byron Murphy Jr. primary: Cornerback Substitution
J.R. Sweezy primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Deionte Thompson primary: Safety Substitution
Jalen Thompson primary: Safety Substitution
Ezekiel Turner primary: Linebacker Substitution
Tanner Vallejo primary: Linebacker Substitution
Chris Streveler primary: Quarterback Substitution
Devon Kennard primary: Linebacker Substitution
Charles Washington primary: Safety Substitution
Max Garcia primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Isaiah Simmons primary: Linebacker Substitution
Josh Jones primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Leki Fotu primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Jonathan Ward primary: Runningback Substitution
Kevin Peterson primary: Cornerback Substitution
D.J. Foster primary: Runningback Substitution
Mike Nugent primary: Kicker Substitution
Terrance Smith primary: Linebacker Substitution
Domata Peko Sr. primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Seth DeValve primary: Tight End Substitution
Larry Fitzgerald primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Lamont Gaillard primary: Offensive Linesman Not active
Joshua Miles primary: Offensive Linesman Not active
Brett Hundley primary: Quarterback Not active
Eno Benjamin primary: Runningback Not active
Jace Whittaker primary: Cornerback Not active
Player Position Lineup
Austin Blythe primary: Center Starter
Austin Corbett primary: Right Guard Starter
Aaron Donald primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Samson Ebukam primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
David Edwards primary: Left Guard Starter
Gerald Everett primary: Tight End Starter
Rob Havenstein primary: Right Tackle Starter
Tyler Higbee primary: Tight End Starter
Troy Hill primary: Left Cornerback Starter
John Johnson III primary: Free Safety Starter
Sebastian Joseph-Day primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Joe Noteboom primary: Left Tackle Starter
Jalen Ramsey primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Troy Reeder primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Josh Reynolds primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Darious Williams primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Robert Woods primary: Wide Receiver Starter
John Wolford primary: Quarterback Starter
Cam Akers primary: Runningback Starter
Leonard Floyd primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Jordan Fuller primary: Strong Safety Starter
Morgan Fox primary: Defensive End Starter
Malcolm Brown primary: Runningback Substitution
Greg Gaines primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Johnny Hekker primary: Punter Substitution
David Long Jr. primary: Cornerback Substitution
Jake McQuaide primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Johnny Mundt primary: Tight End Substitution
Ogbonnia Okoronkwo primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Natrez Patrick primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Nick Scott primary: Safety Substitution
Coleman Shelton primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Nsimba Webster primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Kenny Young primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Van Jefferson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
A'Shawn Robinson primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Terrell Lewis primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Brycen Hopkins primary: Tight End Substitution
Tremayne Anchrum Jr. primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
JuJu Hughes primary: Safety Substitution
Xavier Jones primary: Runningback Substitution
Raymond Calais primary: Runningback Substitution
Justin Hollins primary: Linebacker Substitution
J.R. Reed primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Matt Gay primary: Kicker Substitution
Derek Rivers primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Brian Allen primary: Offensive Linesman Not active
Bobby Evans primary: Offensive Linesman Did not play
Jared Goff primary: Quarterback Not active
Micah Kiser primary: Linebacker Not active
Trishton Jackson primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Bryce Perkins primary: Quarterback Not active
Blake Bortles primary: Quarterback Did not play

Arizona Cardinals

Los Angeles Rams

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 10
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 11 Yards
    • Passer: Chris Streveler
    • Pass Receiver: Jonathan Ward
    • Conv Kicker: Mike Nugent
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Interception Return
    • 84 Yards
    • Interception Returner: Troy Hill
    • Conv Kicker: Matt Gay
  • MIN 5
    • scoring-play
    • Safety
    • Penalty in end zone
    • Safety Penalty Committer: Justin Pugh
  • MIN 14
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 28 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Matt Gay
  • Period 3
  • MIN 6
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 34 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Matt Gay
  • Period 4
  • MIN 14
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 27 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Matt Gay
  • Match End

GAMES

Last 10

W 40% L 60%
4 6
  • @L.A. Rams L 7 - 18
  • San Francisco L 20 - 12
  • Philadelphia W 26 - 33
  • @N.Y. Giants W 26 - 7
  • L.A. Rams L 38 - 28
  • @New England L 17 - 20
  • @Seattle L 21 - 28
  • Buffalo W 30 - 32
  • Miami L 34 - 31
  • Seattle W 34 - 37
W 60% L 40%
6 4
  • @Green Bay L 18 - 32
  • @Seattle W 30 - 20
  • Arizona W 7 - 18
  • @Seattle L 9 - 20
  • N.Y. Jets L 23 - 20
  • New England W 3 - 24
  • @Arizona W 38 - 28
  • San Francisco L 23 - 20
  • @Tampa Bay W 27 - 24
  • Seattle W 16 - 23

Last Meetings

  • Cardinals @ Rams 7-18
  • Rams @ Cardinals 38-28
  • Cardinals @ Rams 24-31
  • Rams @ Cardinals 34-7
  • Rams @ Cardinals 31-9
  • Cardinals @ Rams 0-34
  • Rams @ Cardinals 32-16
  • Cardinals @ Rams 0-33
  • Cardinals @ Rams 44-6
  • Rams @ Cardinals 17-13

American Football Conference

AFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
AFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
AFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
AFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

NFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
NFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
NFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
NFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

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