Looking at the Rankings

After coming away with such a big win against the Saints last weekend we are all feeling pretty hopeful regarding our upcoming game against the Cardinals.  The Cardinals lost their last 6 games in a row and we just pulled off our first win of the season against a very worthy opponent.  There are a lot of similarities between the Rams and the Cardinals.  They have a star running back (Beanie Wells) and we have a star running back (Steven Jackson).  They have a star wide receiver (Larry Fitzgerald) and we have a star wide receiver (Brandon Lloyd).  Finally, we both have injured starting QBs (Kolb vs Bradford).  But if we look at some of the 2011 positional rankings we will see some differences:

(Rankings Based Upon 32 NFL Teams)                          Rams                     Cards

Offensive Line                                                                           30                           28

Offensive Rushing                                                                     20                           25

Passing                                                                                       26                           19

Scoring                                                                                       32                           21

Receiving Defense                                                                    13                           30

Pash Rush                                                                                  32                           15

Rushing Defense                                                                       32                           15

The only 2 areas we have out ranked the Cardinals is in offensive rushing (go Steven Jackson) and receiving defense.  Due to the fact we’re last in rush defense against another good running back, since we are last in scoring in the NFL, and since we are playing in Arizona, I’d have to say we are at a significant disadvantage.  Our most powerful  argument for victory is not statistical, but qualitative.  For this game we hope that we are getting better and they have not yet reached bottom (and that’s a mouthful coming from a Rams fan).   However, like any given Sunday if we rise up above the numbers we can win this game.  Go Rams!!!

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