There have been some very surprising things early in the 2016 NFL season. The Arizona Cardinals were supposed to be the class of the NFC West and there are 1-2 so far. The Los Angeles Rams were supposed to struggle in their new home and they are 2-1. The two teams face off in Arizona on Sunday afternoon in a big test for both teams and how they will get through the first quarter of their season. Can the Rams actually get to 3-1 or will the Cardinals finally get on the right track? Here is a look at the matchup.
The Rams won 37-32 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and play their third road game for the season in just their fourth outing. Case Keenum has passed for 559 yards and two touchdowns to go with three interceptions and needs to produce much more in this one. Todd Gurley has 183 yards rushing and two touchdowns and seems to be getting on the right track. Kenny Britt and Tavon Austin each has 14 catches but will have trouble with a very talented Arizona defense. The Rams defense needs to find a way to slow down an angry Cardinals team who will want to put up a ton of points.
The Cardinals lost 33-18 to the Buffalo Bills last week on the road and have their third home game of the season. Carson Palmer has thrown for 862 yards and five touchdowns this season but also has four interceptions and has been sacked nine times already. Larry Fitzgerald has been great with 20 catches for 218 yards and three touchdowns while David Johnson has been a leader on the ground with 217 yards and three touchdowns. This is a game in which the defense must prove something after last week’s deflating outing. A shutout isn’t out of the equation with a defense that has a chip on their shoulder.
Arizona Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Rams Viewing Details
Date: Sunday, October 2, 2016
Time: 4:25 P.M. ET
Location: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale
TV Channel: Fox
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