In Week 12 of the NFL season, the Los Angeles Rams beat the Arizona Cardinals by a score of 37-14. The game started out as a back and forth but quickly turned into a dominant showing by LA as a whole. A bulk of credit belongs to both LA’s offensive and defensive lines as they seemed to control the game. While Matthew Stafford did throw an interception he otherwise played great with four passing touchdowns. The game wasn’t perfect for the Rams, but it was about as close as gets as LA smothered the Cardinals and earned a 4-1 record in the NFC West.
LA began the scoring on their opening drive after Tyer Higbee caught Stafford’s first TD pass of the game.
Higbee would end up with two touchdowns, but before the second Los Angeles TD, Arizona was able to take a lead with their own score. Kyler Murray and the Cardinals offense smoked LA’s defense to start thier day.
On the ensuing extra point, the Rams got called for a pentaly and from one yard out AZ would score a two point conversion with Clayton Tune. It gave Arizona a lead and it seemed like the Cardinals offense would be in line for a big game.
First quarter in the books. pic.twitter.com/nX14uykdAN— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) November 26, 2023
However after his second passing touchdown of the day, it became apparent that Stafford was feeling it.
LA took a lead and never looked back. The Rams defense stymied the Cardinals offense in about every way. Even when Arizona had chances they could not capitilize as Matt Prater, who is usually on point, missed a field goal attempt. You could say the ball didn’t bounce the Cardinals way, but you could also say that it didn’t matter because LA dominated.
Again, Stafford did throw one interception but it was unclear if that was directly his fault or if he expected a different route by his receiver.
Either way, Stafford played perhaps his best game of the season, but you could argue the player of the game was Kryen Williams.
Williams returned from injury in this one, and he looked every bit the RB1 that LA had at the begining of the year. It’s great for the team and Rams fans to see Williams back and seemingly healthy.
Give credit where credit is due. LA may played arguably thier best game since Week One of the season. The Rams are now 5-6 and on their first win streak of the year. LA has a chance to get to .500 next week if they can secure their third win in a row. For now the Rams and fans can enjoy the compelling win. Will the Rams be able to play like this week in and week out? We’ll have to wait to find out.