The Rams had a solid performance against the Cardinals. In the first half the Rams were hurt by Cards running back Beenie Wells. He had 2 rushing TDs off mostly short, but explosive runs. In the second half of the game he had little success; that combined with the Rams defense pressuring Cards QB Lindley and then intercepting him 4 times was too much for Arizona to overcome.
I’d have to say that the Rams defense was key to their victory today. Of the 31 Rams points, 14 of them were defensive contributions. Bradford threw 2 touchdown passes (1 for 37 yards to Lance Kendricks and another also 37 yards to Chris Givens), but the Rams went away with only 3 points off 3 other red zone appearances. This was good enough to beat the Cardinals, but it would not be sufficient to beat a good team. Finally, the Rams defense made several red zone stops themselves which turned out to be the difference in the game.
The Rams made some good adjustments coming out of halftime. They focused on shutting down Beenie Wells and they increased the percentage of rushing plays. Surprisingly, the Rams were also able to hold the amazing WR Larry Fitzgerald to just 3-12 and 31 yards. None of the Cardinal’s receivers were able to contribute points. In the second half the Rams also had a positive turnover ratio and played competent football.
Next week the Rams take on the very tough SF 49ers who beat the NO Saints today. Hopefully, the Rams can hold on to the momentum they gained today and put away the 49ers like they should have done a few weeks ago. After today’s win we are 4-6-1. Go Rams!!!