The Los Angeles Rams (2-1) head to Glendale in Week 4 hoping to chalk up their second straight road victory and remain atop the NFC West. Meanwhile, the Arizona Cardinals (1-2) will look to get back to .500 after a disappointing Week 3 loss to the New York Jets.
The Cardinals have a slight edge against the Rams, with a 37-35-2 record in their series history, which dates back to October 3, 1937. If accounting for postseason games, the series moves to 37-36-2, as the Rams topped the Cardinals 35-23 in a divisional playoff game at the Coliseum in 1975. Rams’ QB Ron Jaworski rushed and threw for a touchdown that day.
The Cardinals have won four out of the last five, with the Rams only win coming in Arizona last year.
The last time these two teams faced off was on December 6, 2015; a game in which the Cardinals took care of business in St. Louis, winning 27-3. In that game, Cardinals’ QB Carson Palmer threw for 356 yards and two touchdowns. RB David Johnson had 120 yards from scrimmage and added a score. (Big Play Highlights)
The last time these two played a game at University of Phoenix Stadium was almost a year ago to the day (October 4, 2015). The Rams secured victory on the road that day, besting the Cardinals 24-22. In that game, then-Rams’ quarterback Nick Foles racked up a paltry 171 yards passing, but threw for thee touchdowns. Rams’ wide receiver Tavon Austin caught six passes that day; good for 96 yards and two touchdowns. (Big Play Highlights)
Jeff Fisher is 6-6 in his career against the Cardinals. Bruce Arians is 4-2 against the Rams since taking over as a head coach.
Los Angeles Rams’ Notes
- Case Keenum passed for 190 yards and two touchdowns last week in Tampa Bay. He’s won 7 of his past 10 starts. Keenum threw for 201 yards and three scores in his last meeting against the Cardinals (11/10/13 with the Texans).
- Todd Gurley rushed for 85 yards and 2 touchdowns in Week 3. He had 146 rush yards in his first ever matchup against the Cardinals (10/4/15)
- Tavon Austin had 5 receptions for 82 yards and a touchdown last week. He had six receptions for 96 yards and two touchdowns in their 10/4/15 meeting
- Brian Quick had a 44-yard touchdown catch in Week 3
- Aaron Donald had two passes defensed in Week 3. He has a sack in two of the last three meetings against the Cardinals
- Robert Quinn had a sack and forced fumble last week. He has nine sacks in eight career games vs. Arizona. He’s had four sacks in his past five games against NFC West opponents
- Ethan Westbrooks had a 77-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown in Week 3; it was his first career TD
- Mark Barron had nine tackles and an interception in Week 3
- Troy Hill led the team with a career-high 11 tackles last week
- Lamarcus Joyner had two passes defensed in their last meeting
- T.J. McDonald had a sack in Week 3
Arizona Cardinals’ Notes
- Carson Palmer has 300+ pass yards in four of the past six games against NFC West opponents. He threw for 356 yards and two touchdowns, with a 110 rating, in their last meeting
- David Johnson rushed for 83 yards and two touchdowns last week. He had 99 rush yards and a receiving touchdown in their last meeting
- John Brown had six catches for 113 yards in their last meeting
- Larry Fitzgerald has a touchdown catch in four of his past five. Since entering the NFL in 2004, he ranks 1st in catches (1,038) and receiving yards (13,584), scoring 101 touchdowns in that span
- Michael Floyd had seven receptions for 104 yards in their last meeting
- Chandler Jones and Markus Golden lead the team with three sacks each
- Kevin Minter had a sack in Week 3
- Patrick Peterson had an interception last week. He has three interceptions in his last four against the Rams
- Tyvon Branch had a sack in his only career meeting against the Rams (Sept. 19, 2010, while with the Raiders)
- Tony Jefferson had nine tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble last week
- Tyrann Mathieu had a forced fumble in Week 3