The St. Louis Rams will attempt to avoid their 5th loss in a row by winning against the Arizona Cardinals.
The Cardinals are looking towards their playoff position as they finish the late push to end the season with a first week bye. While the Rams are trying to win, because..... Well, I am sure they will think of something to play for?
Earlier this week, Eddie P provided his five Rams to watch, so here are the 5 Cardinals to keep an eye on:
With injuries to the Cardinals' top two running backs, it appears as though rookie running back David Johnson will get his chance to show what he do as a starter. Don't be surprised if Johnson carries the ball more than 20 times, and has a couple of pass receptions.
This season Johnson has flashed some of his ability against the Rams earlier this season, with 4 receptions for 63 yards and a touchdown. The volume has not be there, so it is hard to see what he can do from the outside looking in, but he does appear to be a back that can handle a workload.
Palmer is leading the best passing offense in the league this season. Palmer has been picking apart defenses all season; throwing for 3,000 plus yards, 27 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions. Palmer has been facing good defenses and there still has not been a dip in his production.
What has helped Palmer this season has been the production of his receivers, including the veteran Larry Fitzgerald.
If you're going to stop the Cardinals passing attack, you will have to find a way to stop their receivers. The Rams corner backs have done a good job this season stopping opposing receivers. The Cardinals have three impressive receivers who can make plays, and it will be interesting to see how often we see them attack Janoris Jenkins.
The receiver who should worry the Rams' defense the most is Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald is the big body receiver that can move around the offense. On the season, Fitzgerald has 992 yards and 7 touchdowns.
The "Honey Badger" is one of the most recognizable names in the NFL. He was a play maker in college, and those abilities have transitioned with him to the NFL. Speaking of play making, the young safety has four interceptions on the season, and a sack.
It will be interesting to see if Mathieu will shadow, or even cover, Tavon Austin? At times, they have battled each other throughout their seasons in the NFL.
Peterson has become a top ten corner back this season, and he will make life difficult for Nick Foles, or any receiver on the outside. Granted, Peterson has to cover the Rams' receivers, so he should have a boring day. Maybe the Rams will bore him enough to catch him falling asleep, and throw the ball for a deep in-completion?