Cardinals vs. Rams: 5 Positives from the Game

Christian Petersen

It's hard to narrow down every single bright spot from a victory that ended up 30-10 in the Cardinals' favor.

However, the list calls for just five, and I'm not exactly complaining about having too many, so here are five positives from the Cardinals week 14 victory over the St. Louis Rams.

1) Carson Palmer

After a shaky game in Philadelphia, Palmer jumped right back up, as he completed 27 of 32 attempted passes for 269 yards and a TD. Palmer definitely showed some resemblance to Kurt Warner, and the team will be looking to him to keep this up down the stretch.

2) Larry Fitzgerald

The star WR had a game of his own on Sunday. Bringing in 12 passes for 96 yards and a TD, Fitz was a nightmare for the Rams defense all day. He seems to be entering a Playoff-mindset, which the Cardinals will definitely need from the offensive leader.

3) Karlos Dansby

Did anyone at the beginning of the season expect Dansby to produce the way he has? The 10-year veteran was all over the field, recording 8 tackles and a sack. However, it was his pick-6 off of QB Kellen Clemens early in the 3rd quarter that really capped off his performance.

4) The Run Defense

Coming into the game, the Rams were sporting the NFL's #1 run-game since Week 8, mostly shouldered by RB Zac Stacy. The Cardinals stout defense was able to hold Stacy to just 25 yards off 14 rushes, with a meager 1.8 yards per carry. In fact, the majority of the Rams rushing yards came from one play, when rookie WR Tavon Austin was able to churn out a 56 yard run.

5) John Abraham

Abraham's performance embodies the Cardinals defense as a whole. The 25 year old LBer picked up 5 tackles and recorded an incredible 3 sacks, totaling in 14 lost yards for the Rams. It's nice to have a dominant pass-rush for a change.

Special Mention: The Run Game - Both Rashard Mendenhall and Andre Ellington recorded TD's. It's nice to have options when it comes to your running backs.

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