Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald has caught 17 passes the past fortnight. Image courtesy of profootballfocus.com
The Arizona Cardinals take their perfect 4-0 record to St Louis on Friday morning (AEST) for a clash against NFC West rivals the Rams.
The Cards have no right to be where they are with an offence that is spluttering, at best. While quarterback Kevin Kolb is a big improver, Arizona’s running game has been awful with Ryan Williams averaging less than 33 yards per game out of the backfield, while Larry Fitzgerald struggled at the start of the season before catching fire the past two weeks with a total of 17 receptions. The Cardinals are where they are, purely and simply, because they have a defence which is creating turnovers and holding teams to 15 points per game.
Arizona has won seven straight on the road, and a league best 11 of their last 13 matches overall. Seven of those eight wins have been decided by seven points or less, which shows this team can hold its nerve at the death. The Cards beat the Rams in both meetings last season, and they’ve won 10 of the last 11 between the sides.
The Rams are 2-2, which equals their win total from 2011. Their offence has chugged along averaging just 20 points per outing, and QB Sam Bradford has failed to throw a touchdown pass in his past two starts. As with their opponents, it has been the Rams’ defence keeping them in games. They rank second in the league in interceptions, and a talented young defensive line could cause problems for Kolb if the Cards’ offensive line doesn’t give him enough protection.
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