The Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams last met at State Farm Stadium in Week 4 in what was a 20-12 loss for Arizona. They failed to get in the end zone on the day, having to settle for four field goals.
Both of these teams, who battled down to the last week in 2021 for the NFC West crown, have fallen from grace and both appear unlikely to make the playoffs.
The Rams currently sit at 3-5, while the Cardinals just dropped to 3-6 after an embarrassing loss to the Seattle Seahawks at home.
Since the last time these two teams met, the Cardinals are 2-4 and the Rams are 1-4. While the Cardinals are all but mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, the Rams could feasibly still make a run if they win on Sunday and are one win out from .500.
The Rams’ lone win came against the Carolina Panthers at home during that stretch. They lost to the San Francisco 49ers twice, the Dallas Cowboys and last week on a heartbreaker to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Cardinals, on the other hand, beat the Panthers and Saints but lost to the Seahawks twice, the Eagles and the Vikings.
The Rams have numerous question marks moving forward, but their season roles are more in line with selling out to win a championship in the past few seasons. The Cardinals appear to be set for a miserable season and possible wholesale change.
If the Cardinals have any remote chance to make noise this season, it has to start with a win on the road in Los Angeles against a team they’ve beat once in Kliff Kingsbury’s tenure.
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