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RB Chris Johnson: After a dominating performance by Chris Johnson last week versus the 49ers, rushing
for 110 yards and two touchdowns, look for the Cardinals to counter a ferocious St. Louis pass rush by
establishing the run game early and often. While the Rams may have one of the most imitating
defensive fronts in the NFL, they are surprisingly weak against the run, ranking in the bottom half of all
major rushing statistics. And with Ellington still uncertain for Sunday's game, Johnson will be heavily
leaned upon yet again.
QB Carson Palmer/WR Larry Fitzgerald: It seems only just if I combined both Palmer and Fitzgerald in
one, since that's how cohesively they've been playing together. Over the past two weeks, this dynamic
duo has connected 17 times out of only 20 balls thrown to Fitzgerald for 246 yards and a ridiculous five
touchdowns. This level should only continue this week as they verse the Rams, who lack the experience
and leadership in the secondary. With CB Janoris Jenkins as the most experienced player, look out for
this duo of crafty veterans to take full advantage of that. Not to mention the establishment of a run
game and improved offensive line play this season, the vicious St. Louis pass rush may not be as
problematic as it may seem.
D/ST: Don't expect another historic performance from the defense as they demolished the 49ers last
week. However, matched up with one of the worst, if not the worst, offense in the league, look for
another dominating performance. The Nick Foles-led Rams rank in the bottom five of most major
offensive statistical categories: 823 net total yards (32nd), 609 passing yards (28th), 214 rushing yards
(28th), and 16.7 points per game (27th). Compared to the Cardinals, who are one of the league's best
defenses, but more importantly a top three scoring defense only allowing 16.3 PPG (3rd). And as new
Defensive Coordinator James Bettcher gain more experience, the Cardinals defense will only improve.
QB Nick Foles: Foles showed a lot of potential with his stint in Philadelphia and after the first game this
season; however, after only scoring once in two weeks he is headed in turmoil. Don't expect him to
change trajectory this week as he faces one of the best secondaries in the league led by CB Patrick
Peterson. The Cardinals' "No Fly Zone" secondary leads the NFL with an incredible seven interceptions
through only 3 games. Paired with the lack of offensive weapons at Foles disposal, the result will not be
pretty for St. Louis or Foles.
D/ST: While the St. Louis Rams boast one of the best, most vicious defensive lines in the league, they
lack a complete team defense. Unfortunately, this week they face one of the most balanced high-
powered offensive attacks in the league, in the Arizona Cardinals. With a new found rushing attack this
year, as well as the resurgence of Larry Fitzgerald and Carson Palmer, the Rams will have to pick their
RB Todd Gurley: The hype of Todd Gurley season debut did not go as planned, rushing for only nine
yards on six carries. Although Todd Gurley may see the field more often than last week, he will be
against a stingy Cardinals defense that is only allowing 88.7 rushing yards per game (9th) and 3.5 yards
per carry (5th). Matched with the Rams inability to establish a run game only rushing for 71.3 YPG (28th),
3.8 YPC (11th), and only two rushing touchdowns (8th); Gurley and the Rams will have a difficult task
against the Cardinals.