Meeting for the 3rd time this season they are both 1-1 and looking to go 1 up.
Five keys to the game for when the Cardinals play the Rams this weekend.
Cardinals vs Rams Wild Card Weekend
A Lion no more, the Rams mortgaged the farm to get their "final piece." With 41 TDs, 17 picks, 8.1 YPA, and a 102.9 QBR his stats are great. That was early and he has been playing poorly of late. No pressure right? If he gets protection he plays well.
Drafted first overall in the 2019 NFL Draft Kyler Murray has improved immensely from his rookie season. As he goes the Cards go. Like Stafford, Murray was not playing well at the end of the season. Unlike Stafford, he found his mojo his last 2 games. It's on.
Cooper Kupp Van Jefferson Odell Beckham Jr. Kupp had 15 targets, 13 receptions, 123 yards, and a score in the Week 14 win. Van Jefferson and OBJ are playing hot now. Kupp is key
The last time these two teams met Aaron Donald planted Kyler Murray in the turf 3 times and stayed in his grill the entire game. Donald is a game-wrecker and if you don't focus on him every down, he will make you pay dearly.
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No longer stuck in a crowded Eagles TE depth chart, Zach Ertz has hauled in 5.1 receptions a game with a 69.1 catch%, and 3 scores. He is just getting warmed up and is a matchup nightmare.
Aaron Donald supplies the pressure upfront but Jalen Ramsey and crew play aggressive defense on the back side as well and love to get their hands on balls. They have had their issues vs Murray. Can they focus?
Rams Pass D
Budda Baker is the fireplug that ignites the Cardinals' defense. He brings the pain with thumping hits, gets picks and makes the big play when his team needs it most
Von Miller took his time to make a splash after the trade. But he is cooking now with 5 sacks in his last 4 games. This guy is a Super Bowl Champion. He knows how to win.