The Los Angeles Rams (6-5) hit the road in Week 13 heading to Glendale to take on the NFC West bottom dweller Arizona Cardinals (3-7-1). Coming off an embarrassing Monday Night Football loss to the Baltimore Ravens, this game is far from a lock for the Rams.
The Rams aren’t mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, but a loss on Sunday would effectively help them begin looking towards the offseason. I think it goes without saying, if there is any hope of Los Angeles sniffing the postseason, they’ll need to string together five straight and hope to grab what looks to be the last remaining wild card spot.
While certainly not a powerhouse, Arizona is no longer a pushover. They played the 49ers twice in a three week stretch and kept it competitive — something the Rams didn’t come close to doing — in both contests; scoring 51 combined points in both games while losing by 13 total in those games.
Will the Rams bounce back after a tough primetime loss and take care of business against an improved Cardinals team? The Turf Show Times’ staff make their predictions...
Fuck the Rams! Who cares
Prediction: Cardinals win, I think.
Eddie Perez (@iAmEddieP_)
Logic can no longer be applied to the LA Rams. What was up is now down. Left is now right. Vertical equals horizontal. You get my drift….The Rams should have a cake day against the Cardinals but with the way their offense has been performing, it will more likely be a daunting task. I hope the defense gets its act together too, or else an athletic & electric Kyler Murray will have his way, kinda like another dynamic QB we recently played.I’m hopeful, however. It must be the thanksgiving aromas filling up my house at the moment. Give me the Rams by a slim margin.
Prediction: Rams win, 20-17
Skye Sverdlin (@skyeattolah)
I am really looking forward to seeing our putrid offense clash with the Arizona Cardinals wretched defense. Much like the Rams game with the Bears two weeks ago, someone has to win! Maybe it will be our Rams, but probably not since they’re on the road, and the offense is apparently broken. Still, I’m hoping to see some Darrell Henderson so we can figure out what to expect out of him next year.
Prediction: Cardinals win, 19-16
Kristian Ramirez (@WildDragonKB)
The Rams are in a bad spot. The Rams could come away from this with a victory, but I doubt it. I’ve lost all faith in this team for the season. I don’t see Jared Goff improving, definitely not this season and maybe not ever.
Prediction: Cardinals win, 17-9
Elijah Kim (@Big_EZK)
The Rams are limping and now they face the Cardinals who are coming off a bye, licking their chops in hoping to exact revenge after years of getting pummeled by the Rams. Los Angeles on paper has much more talent. However, after the performance against Lamar Jackson and the Ravens, I’m sure Kyler Murray is stoked.The Cardinals aren’t as good as the Ravens but considering the playoff hopes are very dim in LA, it is Arizona’s time to strike for an upset. My heart is telling me the Rams prevail because of their talent, but I don’t have much confidence left.
Prediction: Rams win, 28-24
Joey Aucoin (@LARamsRamsRams)
I would assume if you’re a team that has an extremely mobile quarterback, you’d be pretty excited to face the Rams’ defense. The Arizona Cardinals could be considered a “trap game,” but when you get butt handed to you like the Baltimore Ravens did to the LA Rams, there are no longer traps in the schedule. The Rams just need to find an answer to QB Kyler Murray. Sadly, I think the Rams are in a freefall and won’t be able to win this one.
Prediction: Cardinals win, 24-13
Sean Wilkinson (@Papa_Lurch)
I never thought I would be going out on a limb predicting a Rams victory over the Cardinals this season, but that’s how this feels. I don’t think Goff and Co. will turn the ship entirely around, but you have to think they’ll do better than 6 points. I think the Rams defense can do enough against Kyler Murray to eke out a win.
Prediction: Rams win, 17-14
Sosa Kremenjas (@QBsMVP)
I have no reason as to why I believe the Rams will come out on top anymore. I really don’t. Just run the ball, protect #16, and let him work a passing attack off of PA. That was the formula last year but has faltered in a major way this season. Defensively, well, do absolutely nothing that you did last game. Kyler Murray is no joke.
Prediction: Rams win, 20-17
This game is going to tell us a lot about where the Rams are right now. This team has lost two of their last three, and are on the verge of being swept under the rug in the rug after being utterly dismantled by the Ravens in front of the entire country.I wish that I could say that I have a good feeling about this one, but the truth is that I do not. Pride has me leaning towards the Rams.
Prediction: Rams win, 24-17
Prediction: Rams win, 27-13
Brandon Bate (@NoPlanB_)
I would like to think the coaching staff has the team fired up after being manhandled in Week 12, and we’ll soon see if the Rams are resilient enough to simply put tough losses behind them and focus on their next opponent.
I can’t confidently say that’s the case, however. I expect Kyler Murray and the Cardinals’ offense to once again cause the Rams’ defense fits, but I (should) also expect for Goff & Co. to move the ball with relative ease against a bad Cardinals’ defense.
It’s sad that it’s gotten to this point, but I can’t say with certainty that the Rams can beat the Cardinals. And yet I’ll still take them in an unnecessarily close one.
Prediction: Rams win, 26-23
Staff pick summary: 7 picks for the Rams, 4 picks for the Cardinals