In fact, this is the second legit trap game of the season (the New York Giants being the first). I wouldn’t really consider the first Rams-Cards matchup a trap game, because it was early enough in the year that the Rams weren’t feeling it as much as they are now (same goes for the first San Francisco 49ers game, esp. since they lost to San Francisco twice last year). Feel free to argue about that in the comments if you feel like it. I just read the news in my Twitter timeline; whatever I just wrote doesn’t really matter anyways. Nothing matters.
Anyways, back to sports! Coach McVay isn’t going to let our guys go easy on the Cards. It will be a blood bath, as the Rams will destroy the Cards once again. Not going out on a limb? I hear ya’.
Let’s get bold.
The Cardinals get shutout and Blaine Gabbert will be removed because he sucks
How about a coming out party for rookie LB Samson Ebukam? Sure, why not. Ebukam will sack Gabbert a bunch. The Rams defense has been getting better all season and just because they already shut down Arizona in London, that doesn’t mean that can’t do it again in Glendale, Arizona.
Alec Ogletree and Mark Barron will shut down Arizona’s running game
Defense is obviously a team sport, but the two middle linebackers are key aspects to Wade Phillips’ 3-4 defense and are instrumental in stopping the run. Tree has appeared to be lost several times this season, even this past week. However, I think he will bounce back with a strong game against an arguably weak running attack.
Todd Gurley will have more receiving yards than rushing
The Cardinals are strong at safety and cornerback, which means that McVay and his staff are going to come up with ways to succeed in the passing game. I predict that Gurley thrive with some well-contructed screen passes that will allow him to score multiple times on Sunday.
100+ yards and 8+ catches for the rookie TE Gerald Everett
I like this kid. He’s had some big plays this season, but they’ve come in flashes and he has yet to turn in a complete game. This is the game for Young Gerald. Tyler Higbee is a little banged up and I think Everett is going to see the field (and possibly the end zone) a lot this Sunday.
No field goal attempts for Greg the leg
Let’s just call it -- the Rams are feeling it. And even though the Cardinals won against the Jaguars, the Rams can’t take their foot off the gas. They need to roll these guys over with touchdowns. The Rams are going to send a message to the rest of the NFC West: prepare to be slapped in the face over and over.
So, in short -- trap game my ass. The Los Angeles Rams are playing hard and smart. They know what they need to do and even though they’re on the road, it’s not going to be much of a contest.
Rams win — 35-0.