Fresh off their first win of the season, a 31-21 victory over the New Orleans Saints last week, the St. Louis Rams travel to Arizona this week to take on the Cardinals. St. Louis, after that impressive win will go into Arizona with a bit of a swagger and much more confidence than in the previous games as they are coming off their best offensive showing of the year , this without their star QB Sam Bradford. While the Rams are looking to extend its winning streak to two games the Cardinals are looking to get back on track after losing to Baltimore last week to see their record fall to 1-6.
With their next three games against sub .500 teams the Rams most likely have their best chance to salvage a season that was headed for disaster a couple of weeks ago. After traveling to Phoenix this week the Rams will face the Cleveland Browns (3-4) and the Seattle Seahawks(2-5). If the Rams are able to win these next few games they will position themselves for a decent record at season’s end. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. At 1-6 the Rams’ are not looking any further than the Arizona Cardinals.
Arizona comes into Sunday’s game limping after getting beat up by Baltimore last week. The Cardinals held a 24-6 halftime lead in that game but the Ravens mounted a furious comeback to win 30-27 to record the largest come from behind win in their franchises’ history. The Cardinals departed Baltimore with bruised egos and limbs. It appears Cardinals’ QB Kevin Kolb is doubtful for Sunday’s game as he continues to deal with a turf toe injury and other nagging injuries. Backup QB John Skelton is expected to start for the first time this season against the Rams. Running back Beanie Wells was limited in practice this week as a result of a knee injury and is also questionable for the game.
Considering the number of injuries to their starters as well as backup QB Skelton’s lack of experience the Rams defense should be able to prevent Arizona from establishing any type of rhythym on offense. The second year player out of Fordham has thrown for 662 yards, o TD’s and two interceptions in his brief career. Last week the Rams rattled the league leader in passing, Drew Brees and forced six sacks and two interceptions.
Many questions abound for Arizona and coach Ken Wisenhunt’s defense particularly after last week’s debacle in Baltimore. Rams’ running back Steven Jackson, who rushed for a 159 yards and two TD’s last week seems motivated again and should have an impact against Arizona the league’s 15th ranked defense against the run. The Cardinals are allowing 113 yards per game on the ground. And QB A.J. Feeley has proven that he’s more than capable of handling the Rams’ offense in Bradford’s absence. With newcomer WR Brandon Lloyd appearing to have settle into the Rams offensive system Feeley should be able to find some holes in Arizona’s pass defense who’s ranked 30th in the league giving up 277 yards per game through the air. The Rams should record their second consecutive win on the season and gain a great deal of confidence in the process.
About the Author
Written by Chaz Ingram
During his lengthy career Chaz has worked in various areas of the media. As an actor he has appeared on such shows as "Less Than Perfect" "CSI New York" and "Outlaw". He's performed on stage in such plays as "West Side Story", "The Wiz" "Oliver" and "Sugar". He has also landed roles in several commercials most notably as a reporter for "NFL Legends" and as a model for Ameriquest Mortgage. Chaz's extensive background in the broadcast industry has given him invaluable experience in several areas of the business. His work as an assignment desk intern as well as in the news and sports departments at the local ABC and NBC TV stations in St. Louis, MO has given him experence on various levels of news production. Chaz is a former host of of his own radio show "The Spirit of Chaz", where he was also writer and producer at KXEN in St. Louis. As a Marketing Consultant at KSDK-TV (NBC) Chaz was a major contributor to the station's #1 position in overall sales in the St. Louis market. At KEZK radio he was awarded "rookie of the year" for his achievements in sales. The St. Louis Business Journal recognized Chaz as one of their "40 Under 40" awardees for his work in the community with youth. Additionally, St. Louis public Schools recognized him as "Role Model of the Year" in 1995 & 1996. He is the recipient of the 1989 edition of "Outstanding Young Men of America". Chaz currently resides in Los Angeles where he owns Nicolexis Inspirations a motivational and life coach company.