WK 4-Arizona Cardinals @ LA Rams Pre Game Thread Sept 27 - Oct 2, 2021

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I think that until the Cardinals break through and beat a McVay coached team, we should all expect a loss.

The Rams hadn't added Stafford, I'd say the Cardinals should win the game. Stafford has exceeded all expectations, so I expect the Rams to win by 10+.

I've read what the fans over at Rams On Demand are saying, and its clear none of them have really watched much of Murray
. He's grown tremendously since he was drafted and has gotten alot better than he was last year. He is so much better at staying in the pocket and stepping into throws. Hes also barely running now.

You might notice that Hopkins numbers are down, but this is a function of the Cardinals legitimately having four good WRs to catch the ball. Kirk has been tremendous from the slot, Green is making Green type plays, and Rondale Moore looks like a future star.

I'm concerned with the OL health, but the backups played pretty well last week. The running game has been only OK.

On defense look out for Isaiah Simmons. Hes really come on and played pretty well at LB. Watt hasn't made many stat sheet plays, but his impact is obvious when you watch. Byron Murphy has stepped up this year and looks like a top corner. Rookie Marco Wilson looks like he can be a good CB too. And the Safety tandem of Baker and Jalen Thompson are really good.

Honestly when I looked over the depth of the Rams roster, I think the Cardinals are better at quite a few positions, but the difference is that Donald is just so dominant that he makes the Rams around him better.
Or maybe they have and from what they’ve seen (if only watching Rams games) they’re justified as Murray has thrown for less than 190 yards in 3 of 4 games against the Rams. We all know he’s better, but if I were a Rams fan I’d be in the “prove you’re better than what you’ve shown against us” camp.
 
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Starting to get pumped about this one.

I don’t think we’ll necessarily come away with the W but I think it’ll be much closer than most in here seem to think. The Rams are great, yes, but no team is infallible.

Most importantly, I think we’ll be able to learn a lot more about where we’ll need to see improvements over the course of the year to be a true contender.
No team is great after 3 weeks. Rams D is opportunistic, but way overrated. Cardinals have to avoid the big mistakes & this can be anyone’s game.
 
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The Jaguars game was probably just normal pessimism, but this game is rooted in fact.

Granted, last year the Cardinals did play better against the Rams, but I think it's going to take a huge game for the Cardinals to beat the Rams and after last week, I'm not seeing it.
Entirely different season & Cardinals have brought in the physicality that they so lacked from last year.
 

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Or maybe they have and from what they’ve seen (if only watching Rams games) they’re justified as Murray has thrown for less than 190 yards in 3 of 4 games against the Rams. We all know he’s better, but if I were a Rams fan I’d be in the “prove you’re better than what you’ve shown against us” camp.
My point exactly. They haven't watched much Murray.
 

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Alot of that is Murray dropping back too far.

Beachum is a solid NFL tackle by all metrics.
Didn’t we pick him up off the street when he got cut? How good can he be? Our OL doesn’t look worse because of Murray. He makes them look much better than they actually are.
 

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Didn’t we pick him up off the street when he got cut? How good can he be? Our OL doesn’t look worse because of Murray. He makes them look much better than they actually are.
He does and he doesn't. When Murray runs backwards, he's really not doing the tackles any favors.

He also bails from the pocket when he doesn't have to.
 

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Didn’t we pick him up off the street when he got cut? How good can he be? Our OL doesn’t look worse because of Murray. He makes them look much better than they actually are.
He has played 9 years in the NFL. Gotten a couple of nice contracts. We signed him as a free agent last year and then re-signed him for two years after the season. This is because he played well last year.

He isn't All Pro, but he is solid. Played for the Steelers, Jags and Jets before us.
 

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