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Los Angeles Rams vs. Arizona Cardinals: Top Week 2 storylines

With injuries to Pharoh Cooper and Mike Thomas, the LA Rams have reached a point of no return. Who will be the next man up?

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The Los Angeles Rams were able to get 33 points on the board against the Oakland Raiders on Monday night in a decisive week 1 victory, yet it still felt like they could have done more. That’s how good this team is.

However, it wasn’t all Gatorade baths and high-fives.

The LA Rams are in search for a kick return specialist

It looks like the Rams have an injury crisis at the kickoff/punt return position with WR Pharoh Cooper headed to IR and a groin/hip issue for WR Mike Thomas, the backup return specialist, for a bit though we’ll need to keep our eyes on the injury report.

So, who is going to return kicks this Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals?

It sounds like preseason fan favorite WR Jojo Natson will be called up to take over the kickoff and punt return duties.

Rams’ defense made some key adjustments in win against Oakland

CB Aqib Talib went on NFL Total Access and explained that the defense had to freestyle the first half against the unknown Raider’s defense.

Even though they held the Oakland Raiders to 13 points, the defense got dragged a little.


The offensive line gets some love

Pro Football Focus ran the numbers and the Rams’ O-line came out on top, save for C John Sullivan — we still love you, big guy.

This is a huge accomplishment, especially for RG Austin Blythe, who is filling in for starter Jamon Brown — his performance is even starting rumors that he has the starting job going forward. Even everyone’s favorite Canadian TST writer, Sosa, agrees:

Jared Goff still needs more snaps to sharpen up his play

TST has been banging the drum to make sure we all understand how unusual it was that the offensive unit didn’t get any snaps in the preseason games. Even though they came away with a Week 1 victory, did they merely dodge a bullet or is their defense that good? And how good is Jared Goff?

There is a lot of “overrated” talk when it comes to Goff. But that comes with the territory with a #1 draft pick. He still has some fans, though.

The Rams will now host the Arizona Cardinals for week 2

I recently wrote that the Rams shouldn’t overlook the Cards, because they could be sneaky good, especially with superstar RB David Johnson in the backfield. But most folks are still betting that the Rams will crush the red birds.

So, those are your storylines for the week. We’ll see you jerks on Sunday at the Los Angeles Coliseum at 1:05pm. Remember: our colors are blue and white now.