The Arizona Cardinals take on the St. Louis Rams in Week 15, kicking off the NFL schedule on Thursday Night Football. It will be the second matchup for the two teams this season, as the Cardinals beat the Rams in Week 10 31-14 at University of Phoenix Stadium behind a fourth quarter flurry of points, including two defensive scores.
In Week 15, the Rams are coming off two consecutive shutouts and the Cards just stopped a two-game losing streak, coming from behind to beat the Chiefs 17-14 at home.
But for tonight's game, lets look at the stats, history and the connections between the teams, as well as some potential Cardinals milestones that can be met.
Points scored: Rams 21.9 (17th), Cardinals 21.2 (22nd)
Points allowed: Cardinals 18.3 (3rd), Rams 21.9 (14th)
Total yards gained per game: Cardinals 325.3 (23rd), Rams 317.2 (27th)
Rushing yards per game: Rams 109.1 (18th), Cardinals 79.8 (30th)
Passing yards per game: Cardinals 245.5 (14th), Rams 208.1 (26th)
Total yards allowed per game: Rams 344.9 (11th), Cardinals 355.4 (17th)
Rushing yards allowed per game: Cardinals 92.4 (6th), Rams 104.8 (10th
Passing yards allowed per game: Rams 240.2 (15th), Cardinals 263.3 (27th)
Turnover ratio: Cardinals +10, Rams +4
BigRedBilly wrote a great piece on the history of both teams.
Arizona leads the all-time series 35-34-2, but the Cards are 17-19 when the face the Rams as visitors, but are 7-4 since 2002. Their history dates back to 1937. Between 2006-2010, Arizona beat the Rams eight straight times. Then the Rams won three straight, but the Cards have won the last two matchups.
There are no players on either team who previously played for the other. But there are a lot of connections. Cardinals president Michael Bidwill was born and grew up in St. Louis, as the Cardinals played in St. Louis until 1988. RBs coach Stump Mitchell played for the Cardinals in St. Louis.
Of course, the two teams share having had Kurt Warner lead them to the Super Bowl.
- If the Cardinals win tonight, it will be their 11th win, which would tie the franchise record for wins in a season. It would be the first time since 1975 the team has reached 11 wins.
- A win over the Rams, coupled with a non-tie in the Cowboys/Eagles game this weekend, means Arizona clinches a playoff berth.
- Once again, if Larry Fitzgerald catches a touchdown pass, he would become the 10th player in NFL history to have 90 TD receptions and 12,000 receiving yards in a career.
- If he catches four passes tonight, he will reach 900 in his career and that would make him the youngest player to reach that milestone in NFL history.
- Calais Campbell will reach 50 tackles with his first one tonight. That would give him at least 50 tackles and six sacks in each of the last six seasons. With five such season already, he is the only one in team history to have done so even that many times.
- A win would ensure at least a 3-3 record in the NFC West. It would be the first time since 2011 they have reached the .500 mark in the division.