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Los Angeles Rams vs. Arizona Cardinals Pick & Prediction DEC 1TH 2019

The Super Bowl hangover seems to have a stranglehold on the Los Angeles Rams as they enter Sunday's game against the host Arizona Cardinals. The Rams are 3-5 after a 3-0 start and stand two games behind the Minnesota Vikings for the NFC's final wild-card berth with five games remaining.

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Los Angeles looked nothing like the Super Bowl squad it was last season while being steamrolled 45-6 by the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night as it totaled 221 offensive yards and allowed Baltimore to score touchdowns on its first six possessions. "I didn't do nearly a good enough job," Rams coach Sean McVay told reporters. "I think we will all look at ourselves, critically, figure out what we can do to improve, flush this out of our system and then we move forward, preparing for (Arizona). That's where we are at, that's all we know how to do and that's what we are going to do." Arizona has lost four straight games and is in transition mode under first-year coach Kliff Kingsbury and former star running back David Johnson had a word with the coaching staff after not touching the ball and being on the field for eight snaps in a 36-26 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. "It's obviously been hard," Johnson told reporters. "In the past I was in the majority of the snaps. It's been rough. I've just got to move past it and make the most of every opportunity."

TV: 4:05 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Rams -3 O/U: 47.5

ABOUT THE RAMS (6-5): Quarterback Jared Goff signed a four-year, $134 million contract on the eve of the season after throwing 60 touchdown passes over the previous two seasons but he has more interceptions (12) than touchdowns (11) in 2019. Los Angeles has scored 35 total points while losing two of its past three games and running back Todd Gurley doesn't have a 100-yard outing during a quiet season in which he has rushed for 547 yards and seven touchdowns. Star defensive tackle Aaron Donald has a team-best eight sacks but he and his mates had no answers on how to stop the Ravens, who rolled up 480 yards and 31 first downs.

ABOUT THE CARDINALS (3-7-1): Star pass rusher Chandler Jones is tied for the NFL lead with 12.5 sacks and five forced fumbles but seldom has his name mentioned among the elite defensive players. "Those people are paying my bills," Jones told reporters, referring to team management. "The talk shows aren't paying me. At the end of the day, they might give you some hype but when you look at the numbers, they're there. The numbers are there." Rookie quarterback Kyler Murray (14 touchdowns, five interceptions) continues to take good care of the ball and has four 300-yard outings.


1. The Rams have won the past four meetings.

2. Los Angeles WR Cooper Kupp (67 receptions, 880 yards) has only nine catches for 88 yards over the past three games after rolling up a career-best 220 yards against the Cincinnati Bengals on Oct. 27.

3. Arizona RB Chase Edmonds (hamstring) is expected to return after a three-game absence.

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Los Angeles Rams

Arizona Cardinals

Player Position Lineup
Austin Blythe primary: Center Starter
Michael Brockers primary: Defensive End Starter
Brandin Cooks primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Aaron Donald primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Dante Fowler Jr. primary: Weak Outside Linebacker Starter
Jared Goff primary: Quarterback Starter
Todd Gurley primary: Halfback Starter
Tyler Higbee primary: Tight End Starter
Troy Hill primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Sebastian Joseph-Day primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Cooper Kupp primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Cory Littleton primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Andrew Whitworth primary: Left Tackle Starter
Robert Woods primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Eric Weddle primary: Free Safety Starter
Clay Matthews primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Taylor Rapp primary: Strong Safety Starter
Bobby Evans primary: Right Tackle Starter
David Edwards primary: Right Guard Starter
Troy Reeder primary: Linebacker Starter
Austin Corbett primary: Left Guard Starter
Jalen Ramsey primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Malcolm Brown primary: Runningback Substitution
Marqui Christian primary: Safety Substitution
Samson Ebukam primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Morgan Fox primary: Defensive End Substitution
Johnny Hekker primary: Punter Substitution
Jake McQuaide primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Johnny Mundt primary: Tight End Substitution
Jojo Natson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Ogbonnia Okoronkwo primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Josh Reynolds primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Nickell Robey-Coleman primary: Cornerback Substitution
Mike Thomas primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Greg Zuerlein primary: Kicker Substitution
Dont'e Deayon primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Travin Howard primary: Linebacker Substitution
Blake Bortles primary: Quarterback Substitution
Darrell Henderson Jr. primary: Runningback Substitution
David Long Jr. primary: Cornerback Substitution
Greg Gaines primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Nick Scott primary: Safety Substitution
Chandler Brewer primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Jake Gervase primary: Safety Substitution
Coleman Shelton primary: Center Substitution
Kenny Young primary: Linebacker Substitution
Jamil Demby primary: Offensive Linesman Not active
Gerald Everett primary: Tight End Not active
Rob Havenstein primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Tanzel Smart primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Darious Williams primary: Defensive Back Not active
Natrez Patrick primary: Linebacker Not active
Nsimba Webster primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Player Position Lineup
Budda Baker primary: Free Safety Starter
Larry Fitzgerald primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Rodney Gunter primary: Defensive End Starter
D.J. Humphries primary: Left Tackle Starter
Chandler Jones primary: Strong Outside Linebacker Starter
Christian Kirk primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Corey Peters primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Patrick Peterson primary: Cornerback Starter
Justin Pugh primary: Left Guard Starter
A.Q. Shipley primary: Center Starter
Joe Walker primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Charles Clay primary: Tight End Starter
Terrell Suggs primary: Weak Outside Linebacker Starter
J.R. Sweezy primary: Right Guard Starter
Jordan Hicks primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Tramaine Brock primary: Defensive Back Starter
Kyler Murray primary: Quarterback Starter
Byron Murphy Jr. primary: Cornerback Starter
Maxx Williams primary: Tight End Starter
Jalen Thompson primary: Strong Safety Starter
Justin Murray primary: Right Tackle Starter
Kenyan Drake primary: Runningback Starter
Aaron Brewer primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Mason Cole primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Pharoh Cooper primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Darrell Daniels primary: Tight End Substitution
Chase Edmonds primary: Runningback Substitution
Dennis Gardeck primary: Linebacker Substitution
Zane Gonzalez primary: Kicker Substitution
David Johnson primary: Runningback Substitution
Andy Lee primary: Punter Substitution
Haason Reddick primary: Linebacker Substitution
Trent Sherfield primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Ezekiel Turner primary: Linebacker Substitution
Max Garcia primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Damiere Byrd primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Andy Isabella primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Deionte Thompson primary: Safety Substitution
Miles Brown primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Jonathan Bullard primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Kevin Peterson primary: Cornerback Substitution
Cassius Marsh Sr. primary: Linebacker Substitution
Charles Washington primary: Safety Substitution
Chris Banjo primary: Safety Substitution
Zach Kerr primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Chris Jones primary: Cornerback Not active
Brett Hundley primary: Quarterback Did not play
Pete Robertson primary: Linebacker Not active
KeeSean Johnson primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Lamont Gaillard primary: Offensive Linesman Not active
Joshua Miles primary: Offensive Linesman Not active
Michael Dogbe primary: Defensive Linesman Not active
Zach Zenner primary: Runningback Not active

Los Angeles Rams

Arizona Cardinals

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 27 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Greg Zuerlein
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 33 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Greg Zuerlein
  • MIN 2
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Rusher: Todd Gurley
    • Conv Kicker: Greg Zuerlein
  • MIN 14
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 2 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Tyler Higbee
    • Passer: Jared Goff
    • Conv Kicker: Greg Zuerlein
  • Period 3
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 10 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Cooper Kupp
    • Passer: Jared Goff
    • Conv Kicker: Greg Zuerlein
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Interception Return
    • 31 Yards
    • Interception Returner: Taylor Rapp
    • Conv Kicker: Greg Zuerlein
  • Period 4
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 15 Yards
    • Rusher: Kyler Murray
    • Conv Kicker: Zane Gonzalez
  • Match End


Last 10

W 70% L 30%
7 3
  • @Tampa Bay W 27 - 24
  • Seattle W 16 - 23
  • @Miami L 17 - 28
  • Chicago W 10 - 24
  • @San Francisco L 16 - 24
  • @Washington W 30 - 10
  • N.Y. Giants W 9 - 17
  • @Buffalo L 32 - 35
  • @Philadelphia W 37 - 19
  • Dallas W 17 - 20
W 60% L 40%
6 4
  • @Seattle L 21 - 28
  • Buffalo W 30 - 32
  • Miami L 34 - 31
  • Seattle W 34 - 37
  • @Dallas W 38 - 10
  • @N.Y. Jets W 30 - 10
  • @Carolina L 21 - 31
  • Detroit L 26 - 23
  • Washington W 15 - 30
  • @San Francisco W 24 - 20

Next Games

  • San Francisco(10-13-19) L 20 - 7
  • @Arizona(12-01-19) W 34 - 7
  • New England(02-03-19) L 13 - 3
  • N.Y. Jets(11-18-12) L 27 - 13
  • @Seattle(10-03-19) L 29 - 30
  • @New England(09-16-12) W 20 - 18
  • L.A. Rams(12-01-19) L 34 - 7
  • @N.Y. Giants(10-20-19) W 27 - 21
  • Philadelphia(10-26-14) W 20 - 24
  • San Francisco(10-31-19) L 28 - 25

Last Meetings

  • 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
  • Cardinals @ Rams 27-3
  • Rams @ Cardinals 24-22

American Football Conference

Buffalo Bills73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-13-27-0-3
Miami Dolphins64 0.6001.00.00.0 3-23-26-0-4
New England Patriots46 0.4003.00.00.0 3-21-44-0-6
New York Jets010 0.0007.00.00.0 0-50-50-0-10
Pittsburgh Steelers100 01.0000.00.00.0 5-05-010-0-0
Cleveland Browns73 0.7003.00.00.0 5-12-27-0-3
Baltimore Ravens64 0.6004.00.00.0 2-34-16-0-4
Cincinnati Bengals27 1.2227.50.00.0 2-20-52-1-7
Tennessee Titans73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-23-17-0-3
Indianapolis Colts73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-13-27-0-3
Houston Texans37 0.3004.00.00.0 2-31-43-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars19 0.1006.00.00.0 1-40-51-0-9
Kansas City Chiefs91 0.9000.00.00.0 4-15-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders64 0.6003.00.00.0 2-34-16-0-4
Denver Broncos46 0.4005.00.00.0 2-32-34-0-6
Los Angeles Chargers37 0.3006.00.00.0 2-31-43-0-7

National Football Conference

Philadelphia Eagles36 1.3330.00.00.0 2-21-43-1-6
New York Giants37 0.3000.50.00.0 2-31-43-0-7
Dallas Cowboys37 0.3000.50.00.0 2-31-43-0-7
Washington Football Team37 0.3000.50.00.0 3-30-43-0-7
Green Bay Packers73 0.7000.00.00.0 3-14-27-0-3
Chicago Bears55 0.5002.00.00.0 2-33-25-0-5
Minnesota Vikings46 0.4003.00.00.0 1-43-24-0-6
Detroit Lions46 0.4003.00.00.0 1-33-34-0-6
New Orleans Saints82 0.8000.00.00.0 5-13-18-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers74 0.6361.50.00.0 3-24-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers47 0.3644.50.00.0 2-42-34-0-6
Atlanta Falcons37 0.3005.00.00.0 1-42-33-0-7
Seattle Seahawks73 0.7000.00.00.0 5-02-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-03-37-0-3
Arizona Cardinals64 0.6001.00.00.0 3-23-26-0-4
San Francisco 49ers46 0.4003.00.00.0 1-43-24-0-6

Last Injuries

Arizona Cardinals

  • Jordan Phillips

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Phillips has popped up on the injured reserve list with a hamstring injury, and team officials have yet to provide an exact return date.

  • Charles Washington

    day-to-day | questionable

    Washington sat out the last game due to a groin injury, and it is up in the air if he will take the field Week 12 versus the Patriots.

  • Corey Peters

    I-R | I-R

    Peters suffered a a torn patellar tendon and has been assigned to the injured reserve.

  • Justin Murray

    day-to-day | questionable

    Murray was held out of the last two games due to a hand injury, and it is unclear if he will suit up Week 12 versus the Patriots.

  • Kyler Murray

    day-to-day | probable

    Murray is expected to be available against the Patriots in Week 12 despite an AC joint injury in his right shoulder.

  • Rashard Lawrence

    day-to-day | I-R

    Lawrence has shifted to the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list due to a calf injury, and he has two weeks in order to be activated.

  • Darrell Daniels

    day-to-day | questionable

    Daniels missed the last game due to an ankle injury, and it has yet to be determined if he will play Week 12 against the Patriots.

  • Jalen Thompson

    Prob Thurs | probable

    Thompson is dealing with a shoulder injury, but it is projected that he will suit up against the Seahawks on Thursday.

Los Angeles Rams

  • Trishton Jackson

    day-to-day | questionable

    Jackson has missed the past three games due to an illness, and it is unclear if he will be available Sunday versus 49ers.

  • Brian Allen

    day-to-day | questionable

    Allen sat out his previous two games with a knee injury, and it is unclear if he will be available versus the 49ers Sunday.

  • Taylor Rapp

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Rapp has been moved to the injured reserve list with a knee sprain, and a timetable for return has yet to be declared.

  • Andrew Whitworth

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Whitworth will miss an significant length of time while on the injured reserve list due to a torn MCL and damage to the PCL in his left knee.

  • Joe Noteboom

    Prob Sun | probable

    Noteboom has been taken off the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list after recuperating from Grade 2 calf strain, and he is likely to return Sunday versus the Seahawks.

  • David Edwards

    Prob Sun | probable

    Edwards is bothered by an abdominal injury, but it is unlikely to obstruct his availability against the Seahawks on Sunday.

  • Terrell Lewis

    Prob Sun | probable

    Lewis is nursing a shoulder injury, but he is anticipated to suit up against the Seahawks on Sunday.

  • Jordan Fuller

    Prob Sun | I-R

    Fuller suffered a shoulder injury and has been shifted to the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list. The team is expected to activate him in time for Sunday's tilt versus the Seahawks.

Los Angeles Rams vs. Arizona Cardinals

Jared Goff threw for 424 yards and connected on his first touchdown pass in over a month, as the visiting Los Angeles Rams boosted their shrinking playoff hopes by rolling to a 34-7 victory Sunday over the Arizona Cardinals.

Goff threw two touchdowns on the day, his first scoring strikes since Oct. 27 in a victory over the Cincinnati Bengals at London. Tight end Tyler Higbee and wide receiver Cooper Kupp caught scoring passes, as the Rams (7-5) rebounded from a demoralizing 45-6 defeat to the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night.

Cardinals rookie quarterback Kyler Murray was 19 of 34 for 163 yards, was sacked six times and threw an interception in the third quarter that was returned for a touchdown by Rams rookie safety Taylor Rapp.

Murray ran for a 15-yard TD with 8:35 remaining as the Cardinals avoided a shutout with an 80-yard drive. The Cardinals had 81 total yards in the game before that drive started.

The Cardinals (3-8-1) were held to 63 total yards in the first half and 197 in the game while losing for the fifth consecutive time.

Todd Gurley rushed for 95 yards, two short of his season high, as the Rams had a season-best 549 yards of total offense. Wide receiver Robert Woods tied a career-best with 13 receptions for 172 yards, while Higbee caught seven passes for a career-best 107 yards.

The Rams led just 3-0 after one quarter. A 2-yard TD pass from Goff to Higbee, an 11-yard scoring run from Gurley and a 33-yard field goal as time expired in the second quarter gave them a 20-0 lead into halftime.

Kupp caught a 10-yard TD pass from Goff early in the third quarter to boost the lead to 27-0, before Rapp ran back his interception 31 yards for a score two offensive plays later.

Los Angeles' defensive domination was so thorough, the Cardinals did not get inside the Rams' 45-yard line until under 11 minutes remained in the game.

The Rams have one more game remaining against the Cardinals at home, but also have games left on the schedule against the Seattle Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers. Los Angeles is 1 1/2 games behind the Minnesota Vikings for the second NFC wild card.

--Field Level Media