Takeaways from the Arizona Cardinals win against the Los Angeles Rams

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Takeaways from the Arizona Cardinals win against the Los Angeles Rams

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Takeaways from the Arizona Cardinals win against the Los Angeles Rams

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In what was a Week 10 mid-November matchup, the Arizona Cardinals found the win column against the Los Angeles Rams 27-17. With a sea of backup quarterbacks in a game more like what you’d see in preseason. The Cards may have found an answer to their quarterback conundrum, while the Super Bowl champions Los Angeles Rams broke down and stalled again, as hopes dwindle for both with the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers. 

A Slow Bleed In Los Angeles 

Starting quarterback Matthew Stafford was inactive, opening the door for backups John Wolford and briefly for Bryce Perkins. Wolford would have a decent day throwing for 212 yards on 24 of 36 for one touchdown and one interception. The offensive line would allow for three sacks showing a massive deficiency and a need to upgrade when free agency and the draft. The running game provided little relief for Wolford as Cam Akers would run the ball six times for 22 yards. Receiver Cooper Kupp, who has been the lone bright spot in LA yet injuries are taking their toll. The lone offense star will be hampered by either a significant high ankle sprain or a hairline fracture to the fibula.

The Rams are circling the drain in the NFC West prompting questions ranging from whether the team has quit in 2022 or something more systematic. For two seasons now, defensive star Aaron Donald has hinted at retirement enough to make fans wonder whether his head is or is not in the game. In the last few weeks, Sean McVay has said he’d retire when key elements of his Super Bowl team left Los Angeles. The bottom line is there is no enthusiasm, no wanting to defend their Lombardi Trophy and no heart detectable on this team.

Arizona Find An Answer In Colt McCoy

The simplest of solutions for the Arizona Cardinals revealed itself at SoFi on Sunday afternoon. Veteran quarterback Colt McCoy started in place of the injured Kyler Murray and foot the first time this season, Arizona was a team under control and discipline when the offense took the field. As noted, this isn’t a Kliff Kingsbury issue, as much as it’s a Murray one. McCoy on the field proved that. He also positioned the Cardinals back into the hunt for the playoffs, something that wasn’t going to happen with Murray under center. Kingsbury was finally able to deploy a game plan as written. The end result was a big win at just the right time.

Rams out, Cards back in it in NFC West 

The NFC West isn’t winding up as previously expected. The quick fade of the Rams and disappointing Cardinals made this all but an open and shut case for San Francisco and Seattle. Colt McCoy brought much needed calm and competent presence to an offense in desperate need of that. However for Los Angeles, their needs on both sides of the football are growing week to week, including and quite possibly beginning with Sean McVay. Everything has an expiration date. For Kyler Murray, he might be drawing near. For the Super Bowl champions crowned only this past February, theirs has arrived. 

Next up for the Cardinals, in Mexico City against division rival 49ers.

Next up for the Rams, on the road against the New Orleans Saints.

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