Rams vs Cardinals Week 3: Can QB Kyler Murray Continue to Evade Tacklers?
- The L.A. Rams are lucky they’re not 0-2 as their Week 2 win almost didn’t happen
- Arizona’s struggling defense is ranked 28th in the league after two weeks of play
- Watch Rams vs Cardinals live on Sunday, September 25, 2022, at 4:25 PM ET on FOX
Rams vs Cardinals Odds
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|Rams vs Cardinals Odds||Point Spread||Points Total||Money Line|
|Los Angeles Rams||-3.5 (-110)||O49.5 (-110)||-180|
|Arizona Cardinals||+3.5 (-110)||U49.5 (-110)||+155|
Rams vs Cardinals Pick
Take the home team and the points because while the Rams are still figuring things out offensively it seems as though Kyler Murray may have broken through.
All four of the team in the NFC West are 1-1 right now so this becomes a critical divisional battle for both of these teams, the defending champion Los Angeles Rams and the ‘close but no cigar’ Arizona Cardinals, both led by QBs with cannon arms and enough targets for serious damage.
The LA Rams are lucky they’re not 0-2 as their Week 2 win happened as they were up 31–17 with 5 minutes to go against the Atlanta Falcons but a blocked punt for a TD and a WR Cooper Kupp fumble put their win in jeopardy until a Jalen Ramsey goal line interception sealed the win.
The Arizona Cardinals were shut out in the first half by the Raiders last week, but then QB Kyler Murray shifted into video game mode and used his unique scrambling skills and rocket arm to tie up and eventually win the game, their struggling defense ranked 28th in the league right now.
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Los Angeles Rams vs Arizona Cardinals Predictions
Can Rams WR Cooper Kupp Recover From His Week 2 Fumble?
Last season’s NFL Offensive Player of the Year was LA Rams WR Cooper Kupp who led the league in four categories – 145 recs, 1,947 rec yds, 16 rec TDs, 114.5 rec yds per game – and who is already leading the NFL this season with the most receptions (24) among his peers.
But during last week’s win over the Atlanta Falcons, Kupp did something he rarely does which is fumble during a key moment of the game, a drop that was returned for a touchdown and put the Falcons in position for a comeback win, though a Jalen Ramsey goal line pick saved the day.
Kupp must be mentally sound – he has come back from a torn ACL in 2018 – so hopefully, his inconvenient fumble won’t rattle his brain because in Week 3 against these Cardinals it will most likely be Cooper that QB Matthew Stafford will be depending on to help seal a divisional win.
Can the Cardinals QB Kyler Murray Continue to Evade Tacklers?
The Arizona Cardinals drafted QB Kyler Murray knowing that not only does he have a huge arm but also because of his ability to scramble out of trouble and for first downs, so far in 2022 with 5 carries in each of the two games for 57 yards and a TD averaging 5.7 yards per carry.
In 2022, the Cardinals offense has been middle-of-the-road, ranked 16th after two games, with the team’s rushing attack (ranked 11th) more productive than Murray’s passing offense (16th) with Arizona so far averaging almost 350 yards of total offense and 25 points per game.
Expect the Rams to attempt to contain Murray to the pocket with DE A’Shawn Robinson and DT Aaron Donald (below) setting the edge, but if he continues to play the way he did last week when he was un-tackle-able and capable of scoring at will, this Cards team could keep winning.
Rams Key Player: (DT) Aaron Donald
Many an NFL expert would argue that Los Angeles Rams DT Aaron Donald is the best player in the league right now, the 6’ 1” 280 pound sack specialist difficult if not impossible to block one-on-one who has been named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year twice in his career.
So far this season, Donald’s ninth in the NFL, he has posted a sack, 2 QB hits, 4 tackles (one for a loss), and a forced fumble, but it’s what he does to the opposing offenses’ state of mind that’s most valuable, instilling a sense of fear and panic in them whenever he is on the field.
A future Hall of Fame player and Super Bowl Champ, Donald’s career numbers speak for themselves so far with 99 sacks, 228 QB hits, 445 tackles, 23 forced fumbles, 7 fumble recoveries, and 23 passes defended, so keep an eye on #99 during this key Week 3 game.
Cardinals Key Player: (DE) J. J. Watt
The Cardinals defense is not the same without veteran DE J.J. Watt on the field, the 3x NFL Defensive Player of the Year out in Week 1 for the team’s 22-44 loss to the Chiefs after not practicing all that week due to a calf injury, now healthy and back in Arizona’s starting lineup.
In Week 2 on the field, the healed-up Watt posted some solid numbers with a sack, a QB hit, 2 tackles with one for a loss, and a pass defended in that comeback OT win over the Raiders proving how key a factor he is for Cardinals DC Vance Joseph’s defensive game plan.
This is Watt’s second season with Arizona, the bulk of his 12-year NFL career having been spent playing for the Houston Texans, a 5x First-team All Pro and 2x NFL Sacks leader who will be trouble for whatever Rams defenders are assigned to double and triple-team him in Week 3.
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How to Watch Rams vs Cardinals
|What||Los Angeles Rams vs Arizona Cardinals|
|Where||State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona|
|When||Sunday, September 25, 2022; 4:25 PM ET|
|How to watch||FOX|
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