The Los Angeles Rams prepare for their home opener against the Arizona Cardinals. With the NFC West Division battle starting early this year, the Rams look to build off of good momentum from their road victory in Oakland. With former number one overall pick QB Sam Bradford (and former Ram), coming into town, the Cardinals are hoping for a better showing than their 24-6 loss to the Washington Football Franchise.
RB David Johnson
David Johnson got his money this offseason. Agreeing to a three-year extension right before the season, Johnson was entering his final season of his rookie contract. Johnson was held to 37 rushing yards last week but hopes for a better game against the Rams defense. After missing essentially all of 2017 after a monster season in 2016 (1,239 rushing yards and 16 rushing TDs), Johnson looks to prove that he is a top running back this season.
CB Patrick Peterson
Long considered one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, Peterson is looking to get back to All-Pro status. Furious after getting snubbed due to posting minimal stats due to teams completely avoiding him in the passing game, Peterson looks to continue to dominate. Peterson logged only one tackle in the season opener, recording a sack of QB Alex Smith. Look for Peterson to limit the Rams receiving options.
WR Larry Fitzgerald
Perhaps the epitome of “fine wine” in the NFL, WR Fitzgerald embarks on his 15th season. In his age 35 season, Fitzgerald is looking for his fourth consecutive 1,000 yard season. The “target monster” finished with seven receptions for 76 yards in the first game. Look for him to try and use his massive 6 foot 3 frame against CBs Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib.
EDGE Chandler Jones
Already in his third season in Arizona, Chandler Jones looks to follow up his dominant 2017 campaign where he logged 17 sacks. Jones, a former New England Patriot, has been a fixture in regards to top pass rushers and is off to a strong start in the 2018 season so far with three tackles, one sack, and a forced fumble in the opener. Tackles Andrew Whitworth and Rob Havenstein battling Jones will definitely be an interesting game within the game.
QB Sam Bradford
The former Rams number one overall pick, Sam Bradford signed with Arizona, only right before the team decided to draft QB Josh Rosen early in the first round. After stints in St. Louis, Philadelphia and Minnesota, Bradford again seems to be in a temporary home. Bradford did not have the best start in the opener, posting a very mediocre stat line of 20/34 passing for 153 yards with no touchdowns. Bradford also threw an interception and had a fumble.