The Los Angeles Rams traveled to Arizona to take on the Cardinals in a NFC West matchup. The Rams needed a boost after being humiliated last Monday against the Baltimore Ravens. This game will definitely go in the books as a “confidence booster.”
The first drive of the game, Jared Goff drove the ball downfield, hitting mainly Robert Woods along the way. The Cardinals defense minimized the damage by only allowing a 27-yard Greg Zuerlein field goal. The Rams took an early 3-0 lead. The Rams’ second offensive drive they moved the ball with ease, but yet again had to settle for a field goal attempt. Unfortunately, Zuerlein missed a 41-yard attempt.
The third offensive drive was the charm as the Rams offense once again drove the ball downfield. This time Goff found Tyler Higbee for a 2-yard passing touchdown. The Rams extend their lead to 10-0 early in the second quarter. Goff continued to find Woods and Higbee, which setup a 1-yard touchdown run from Todd Gurley. The Rams offense keeps rolling with a 17-0 lead. In a two-minute drill, Goff and the Rams offense were able to drive far enough to make a 33-yard Zuerlein field goal. The Rams go into halftime with a 20-0 commanding lead.
The Cardinal offense was limited in the first half due to a strong defensive showing from the Rams. Kyler Murray struggled being consistently pressured and getting sacked by Aaron Donald, Cory Littleton and Dante Fowler. To put things into perspective, the Cardinals only managed to earn 63 yards the entire first half.
First Rams drive of the second half, Goff’s success continued against a struggling Cardinal secondary. This time, Goff found Cooper Kupp for a 10-yard touchdown pass. The Rams thrashing continues with a 27-0 lead. Taylor Rapp nearly had two picks this game, but finally earned his first interception of his career. Rapp returned the ball 31 yards for a pick-six, the Rams continue their onslaught, 34-0.
The Cardinals scored their first points of the game in garbage time with 8:42 left in the fourth quarter. Murray ran it in for a 15-yard touchdown. Rams still lead, 34-7. This scored would be remain the final score as the Rams improve to 7-5 on the year.
The Rams have another NFC matchup as they return home to take on the Seattle Seahawks. This huge playoff implication game will take place December 8 at 5:20 p.m. PT on NBC.