The NFC West leading Arizona Cardinals head east in Week 13 to take on the St. Louis Rams. The Rams were able to knock off the Cards in Week 4. Can they surprise them again this Sunday? The Turf Show Times’ staff have their predictions...
Rams are a mess, Cardinals are on fire. Only reason this game might be close, is St. Louis tends to stay in all NFC West divisional games until the end. Key operating word in that sentence is "tends". If it turns into a blowout, I say can Fisher on Monday and see what the towel boy has to offer as a head coach.
I'm just punting this week, like Rams will be doing a lot on Sunday.
Prediction: Cardinals win 20-10
Mike Dietrich [@dvond]
No reason to analyze a team that puts through the effort that this staff and players do. Arizona was in a similar spot as the Rams 4 years ago, they completely passed them with good coaching, good gm and players executing unlike the Rams. Cards are playiing for home field while Rams are again playing for a draft pick.
Prediction: Cardinals win 27-10
I don't think this turns out like the Week 4 match up.
Prediction: Cardinals win 24-10
Sean Wilkinson [@Papa_Lurch]
No. There's really not.
Prediction: Cardinals win 27-10
It's extremely important that Lamarcus Joyner have a good game in the slot, with how the Cardinals like to create mismatches inside the boundaries (especially with Fitz). It appears that Michael Floyd could return, and Jermaine Gresham is always a threat in the seams. Also, keep an eye on JJ Nelson, who has elite speed and is coming on.
I would expect the game to be close for a while, since Fisher does in fact prepare for the division games and "built the roster to compete in our division", but ultimately the Cardinals will pull away as the Rams' defense is forced to play 70 snaps and the offense stalls out.
Tevin Broner [@T_Bron]
Nick Foles has a showcase to either prove, or disprove, his detractors right. I started out buying into what Foles could mean for the St. Louis Rams, but now I'm not so sure? Bottom line: NFC West games are at the very top of Jeff Fisher's concerns list. A win here would definitely buy Foles another long look in the coming off season. Then again, another "3 n' out-fest" will - without a doubt - be the end of Foles in St. Louis. Les Snead will hit the NFL draft or free agency for a quarterback (See: Drew Brees?).
The high concern for Arizona has to be coming out of these always brutal games without losing a key player. Carson Palmer will be wearing Kevlar underwear, and a chain-mail shirt. Bruce Arians will be screaming at his offensive linemen to protect Palmer too. To that end, the Rams missing Robert Quinn could be the key to this game. Quinn feasted on Cardinal QBs in the past, so - if he's out - look for defensive coordinator Gregg Williams to dial up bizarre blitz packages of the right side of the Rams' defense. Janoris Jenkins is both terrifying and fun to watch. With the "after-burner" wide receivers Arizona has, the likelihood Jenkins will guess wrong is high. I see Jenkins giving up a long TD pass once again, but he'll snag an INT too. Balance, right? Free agent dollars are riding on how Jenkins finishes this season, so he may want to cut back on whatever Quija board he's been using...
Look for Jeff Fisher to pull out all the stops in this one...
Prediction: Rams win 23-20
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