The young St. Louis Rams (5-6) have played beyond expectations in 2010 with a share of the NFC West division lead, and versus the Arizona Cardinals (3-8) they have a chance to lead the division all by themselves.
After demoralizing losses to the 49ers and Falcons, the Rams edged the Broncos in Denver 36-33 and find themselves tied for the NFC West division lead with the Seahawks. Rookie quarterback Sam Bradford threw for three touchdowns and 308 yards against the Broncos, his best game of the season, Bradford has thrown for 2,466 yards and 17 TDs and has connected to WR Danny Amendola with 64 receptions. Though his average yards per carry has been down, Steven Jackson still has compiled 883 yards as well as another 237 yards in receptions. It is on defense, though, that the Rams have improved the most, improving from one of the worst defenses in the NFL to an aggressive unit that has rung-up 31 sacks.
The Cardinals have lost six straight games and are a team in disarray. Derek Anderson is back at quarterback and that is not necessarily good news. As a team, they have only thrown 8 TD passes, though Larry Fitzgerald still has 59 catches and 5 TDs playing with subpar quarterbacks. The Cards line has given-up 36 sacks and that could be a problem against the Rams defensive line, particularly James Hall and Chris Long.
The young Rams have struggled on the road with just one win last week and this would be a big win. St. Louis is a -3 point favorite and should defeat the depleted Cardinals.
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