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Rams Pull Away from Cardinals in Second Half to Win, 26-9

The (1-4) Arizona Cardinals were on the road against the (2-3) Los Angeles Rams. The Cardinals came into this game with the 27th ranked defense. Giving up 27.2 points per game.

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The Rams came into this game with the fifth ranked passing attack in the NFL. Los Angeles passed for 270 yards per game in their first five games.

On paper this was tailored made for the Rams to have a big offensive game. Good thing the game is not played on paper.

Arizona kept constant pressure on Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford.

Stafford went 8/15 for 134 yards as the Rams were forced to punt on three of their first four drives. On the offensive end the Cardinals didn’t exactly light up the scoreboard.

They scored nine points and three of those points came after a special teams turnover by the Rams.

Cardinals quarterback Joshua Dobbs went 10/17 for 76 yards. Arizona was able to gain some yards on the ground as Dobbs ran for 38 yards and Keontay Ingram had 36 yards on nine carries.

The Rams offense showed some life right before the end the of the half.

This led to another field goal for the Rams. The Cardinals were up at halftime, 9-6. Stafford passed for 134 yards in the half and 101 of those yards were to Cooper Kupp.

Second Half

On the first drive on the second half, the Rams came out and ran the ball nine straight times after only running the ball a few times in the first half. Los Angeles would end the drive with a 13-yard touchdown pass from Stafford to Kupp.

The Rams were up 13-9 with 8:57 left in the third quarter. The Cardinals followed that long Rams drive by going three and out.

The momentum had shifted in the Rams favor. On the ensuing drive Los Angeles would take eight plays to go 80 yards but have to settle for the field goal. The field goal attempt was good. Rams led 16-9 with 2:44 left in the third quarter.

The Cardinals had a nice drive going and were in the red zone when things took a horrible turn. Dobbs threw it behind Zach Ertz. The ball was tipped by Ertz and went directly into a Rams defender’s hands for the interception.

The Rams took advantage of the turnover by driving the ball all the way down the field. They scored a touchdown after a 12-play, 88 yard drive. This drive was led and finshed by Rams running back Kyren Williams.

Los Angeles led 23-9 with 8:19 left in the fourth quarter. The Cardinals were on a drive that looked promising and then there was another turnover. Dobbs’ arm was hit as he went to pass causing fumble that was recovered by the Rams.

The Rams would go three and out and kick a field goal. The field goal was good, Los Angeles led 26-9 with 4:37 left in the fourth quarter.

The Cardinals offense was totally out of sorts on the next drive. They gained 28 yards on eight plays and turned it over on downs. The game was pretty much over at that point and that turnover was the last nail in the coffin.

The Los Angeles Rams are now (3-3) after the win and the Cardinals fell to (1-5).

Players of the Game

The Rams offense was clicking on all cylinders in the second half. They were able to run the ball at will with Kyren Williams touting the rock. Williams finished the game with 20 carries for 158 yards and one touchdown. The passing game also looked pretty good as Cooper Kupp had seven receptions for 148 yards and one touchdown.

Up Next

The Arizona Cardinals will be on the road again against another division opponent as they take on the (3-2) Seattle Seahawks. The Los Angeles Rams will stay home as the (3-2) Pittsburgh Steelers come to town.




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