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Los Angeles Rams versus Arizona Cardinals: Five Cardinals to watch revisited

The Rams shut out the Cardinals 34-0. How did the five key players for the Cardinals do in the beatdown?

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The Los Angeles Rams came out of the home opener with a decisive 34-0 victory against the Arizona Cardinals. With now a 2-0 record overall and 1-0 in the division, the Rams are building cushion in their defense of the NFC West crown.

RB David Johnson

Johnson was held in check by the Rams defense. While many Cardinals fans are upset at the usage of Johnson so far this season with new Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy, Johnson hasn’t helped with his production either with only 48 yards on 13 carries against the Rams.

This was the second longest of the day for Johnson. The Rams did much better against the run, especially from the get-go in this game.

CB Patrick Peterson

Peterson had an okay game. Although he was active with eight total tackles, a TFL, PD, and interception, cornerbacks racking up a lot of tackles are usually not a good thing.

Considering the Rams had 354 yards in the air, I’m sure Peterson wasn’t too happy with his personal or unit’s performance.

WR Larry Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald was going to have a tough day with CB’s Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib looking to lock him down. Couple that with only 27 total passing attempts by the Cardinals for the entire game, Fitz just didn’t have the oppportunities. Fitzgerald still lead his team in receiving with three catches for 28 yards on five targets.

EDGE Chandler Jones

Jones had a relatively quiet day but did prevent a touchdown by knocking down a pass that was intended for WR Brandin Cooks. Jones finished with one tackle and one pass defended.

QB Sam Bradford

Former Rams QB Sam Bradford had a rough day facing pressure and being unable to get into a rhythm. Bradford finished the game with 17/27 passing with only 90 yards and an interception. The questions will only get louder as fans want the team to turn to first round pick Josh Rosen.