It's a short week for both the St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals. This week's game will be nationally televised on Thursday night from the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. While the Cardinals are one of the top NFL stories going right now, the Rams are slowing creeping into the discussion of bright young teams this season.
Arizona's play so far this season has shocked the NFL world. I'm not as shocked, though I never thought you'd be 4-0 at this point. I thought you'd be .500 at best by now, but I touted Arizona as a solid team in my preseason power rankings. Seriously, raise your hand if you thought you'd be ranked in the top five NFL teams in any power ranking this year? Just so you know, I am soooooo damn glad you are! I'm a fan of all thing NFC West, and the cross ties between these two teams run deep. From the Cardinals' place of origin that the Rams now call home, to the sharing of quarterback Kurt Warner's Hall of Fame worthy career, these teams are related, no matter what anyone may think.
I'm an Editor for Turf Show Times, the SBNation St. Louis Rams site. I thought I'd drop in for some Rams - Cardinals chat leading up to the game on Thursday. I'll be inviting the TST community to drop in to ask, and help answer, questions about our two teams. For my part, I have tons of questions. Let me throw a few of them out to get things started, eh?
The biggest question is: Can we declare the painful to watch quarterback controversy in Arizona over finally? I was a big proponent of the Cardinals just making a choice and letting either Kolb or Skelton have a chance at a full season under center. The flip-flopping between the two seemed to be counter-productive to me?
The Cardinals defense - I was one of the very few out our way that marked the Miami game as a potential trap game for you. Many discounted the Dolphins defense, and I noticed a thinning from injury of your safety ranks. I added in the lack of Darnell Dockett, and came up with the potential for the Cardinals to have a very rough day. What's the safety situation now? Will Dockett be able to go on Thursday night.
For the most part, Larry Fitzgerald has been silent so far this season. I've also noticed offensive line titches that would have me worried. Bobbie Massey had a rough time Sunday, and he'll be up against Chris Long this week. Is the lack of production by "Fitz" due to the OL not giving Kolb time, or have defenses simply blanketed him?
Both the Rams and Cardinals have offensive line question marks. Sam Bradford (14) and Kevin Kolb (13) are two of the most "sacked" quarterbacks in the NFL this season. While the Rams utilized tight end Lance Kendricks to minimize the Seattle Seahawks' fierce pass rush, what have the Cardinals done to alleviate the pressure to try and keep Kevin upright?
Quietly, the Cardinals linebacker corps has become one of the most dominant units in the NFL, or at least it seems that way to me. What additions - whether players or coaches - have help create this great unit?
Well there they are, just a few of the many questions swirling around in my oh-so magnificent skull (my hat size is 37). Let me hear your thoughts? Also, if anyone from Turf Show Times fails to remember they are guests here, please let me know.
Here's to a great game, and may the injury gnomes get run over on the way to the EJD.
Oh, and by the way... I wrote a novel.