A few weeks ago, the
Cardinals star running back
But the Cardinals showed last week that they won't be a pushover for the Rams on Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium.
They defeated the
“I hope it gives us a snowball effect,” Cardinals linebacker
Said coach Bruce Arians: "Don't bury us quite yet."
The Rams, under first-year coach Sean McVay, are atop the
Last week, the Rams bounced back from a loss at Minnesota and defeated the
The red-hot Philadelphia Eagles are coming to the Coliseum next week. The Rams also have games remaining at Seattle and Tennessee, and at home against the 49ers.
It's a formidable final quarter of the season, but the Rams cannot afford to look past the Cardinals.
After their 33-0 victory over the Cardinals in London — coupled with Palmer's season-ending injury — Sunday's rematch appeared to qualify as a "gimme" for the Rams.
Not so much anymore.
And he has a recent history of success against the Rams.
Last season with the 49ers, he passed for 170 yards and a touchdown, and ran for 43 yards in a 28-0 season-opening victory over the Rams.
Running back Adrian Peterson, shut down by the Rams in London, rushed for 79 yards in 20 carries against the Jaguars, who rank first in total defense but 19th against the run.
Jones is tied for the
"Andrew had a whole lot of really good plays," McVay said this week. "But he's the type of conscientious player that expects greatness and expects perfection. I'm sure that's the only one that he remembers."
Whitworth, among the Rams' most consistent performers this season, also was called for a holding penalty during a 21-yard run by running back Todd Gurley.