The Los Angeles Rams (1-0) will host the Arizona Cardinals (0-1) in this week 2 matchup. The Rams are coming off a great win against the Raiders last week 33-13. They will look to keep that momentum going against a Cardinals team that put up only 6 points in their season opener. LA will miss one of their key players in All-Pro returner Pharoh Cooper getting placed on IR. Cardinals QB Sam Bradford will face his former team that drafted him with the 1st overall pick in 2010.
QB Sam Bradford could be in for a long game after DT Suh said Wednesday “He definitely has a little bit bigger target on his back,”-via ESPN. Bradford and Suh were both drafted in 2010, Bradford went 1st and Sun selected 2nd. Suh still holds some resentment over that decision and will look to show why they made the wrong choice this Sunday. Of course, Suh also has the best overall defense in the NFL backing him up.
“He definitely has a little bit bigger target on his back,” – Ndamukong Suh
The Rams defense looked dominant last week against Jon Gruden’s Raiders, putting pressure on the QB, getting sacks and causing turnovers. They face a dysfunctional Cardinal’s offense this week, who are debating if they want to start rookie QB, Josh Rosen. Watch for defensive coordinator Wade Phillps to throw several different formations the Cardinals way. The Rams defense could have their hands full with Cardinals RB David Johnson, but with the league’s best secondary, the Rams could easily have eight in the box all game long.
QB Jared Goff and the Rams offense really clicked in the second half of last week’s game. Scoring 23 out of their 33 points in the second half last week, the Rams look to continue their explosive offense from last season. All-Pro RB Todd Gurley had a big game last week against Oakland, going over 100 yards also adding in a receiving touchdown. Gurley faces a Cardinals defense that allowed the Redskins last week to rush all over them. The Cardinals defense allowed 182 rushing yards last week, so look for Todd Gurley to have a huge game.
Game Prediction: Rams 28 Cardinals 14. I could see LA feeding RB Todd Gurley early and often against a weak Cardinal’s defense. The Rams defense will shut down Sam Bradford and that dysfunctional Cardinals offense with ease. If the Rams want to be Super Bowl champions, they have to prepare for every opponent as if they are the best, even if they think it’s a layup.
LA Rams host the Cardinals Sunday 9/15 4:05 pm
-TJ Bain @TopRatedSports