Week 9 Preview: Arizona at St.Louis

Bulger leaves the field
The St.Louis Rams two-game winning streak was snapped on Sunday in New England vs the Patriots, but the team still played a tough game without star RB Steven Jackson, and will look to take that momentum with them this week at home when they host the Arizona Cardinals. At 2-5, the Rams still have a shot to make an impact in the NFC West, but if they want to do that it needs to start with a win on Sunday.

The Cardinals are 4-3, and just like a season ago they are struggling badly on the road. They won their opener on the road at San Fran, but since then are 0-3 away from home, inclduding last Sunday’s bad 27-23 loss to the Panthers, this after they lead that game 17-3 in the third quarter. Whatever holds them back on the road, they had better figure it out if they want to stay atop the NFC West.

Arizona needs to run the ball more before Kurt Warner’s arm falls off. Last week at Carolina, Edgerrin James and Tim Hightower combined for 20 total yards on 13 carries, and rushed just five times in the second half even when they had the lead. The Rams can be had on the ground, and they should do what they can to test that on Sunday when they meet up. Most of the second half the team ran 4 and 5 WR sets.

The Rams missed some chances on Sunday on the road, but still are playing way better than earlier in the year when Scott Linehan had his thumb on the team during their 0-4 start. They should get a boost this week when Jackson is back, and his leading ground game with 508 yards and four TD’s will for sure help Marc Bulger and the offense.

Both the Rams and Cards defense is nothing special, so look for a lot of points and a lot of back and forth. Anytime that Warner plays in St.Louis, he always looks for a big game against the team that he was once NFL MVP on. The Rams will look to shut him down, but that will not be easy for a D allowing 233.9 yards per game.

Expect an offensive display of fireworks, and it could very well come down to what team has the ball last. At home though, the Rams are coming off a big win two weeks ago over the Cowboys, and the Cards simply don’t play the same away from home, so look for the Rams to move to 3-4 with a big home victory.

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