Despite losing to the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 this past Saturday at Levi’s Stadium, the Rams still have a chance to secure a winning record against the Arizona Cardinals (5-9-1) Sunday. This weekend will mark the last game for the Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum where Sean McVay and company want to give one last hoorah before going to SoFi Stadium next year.
The Rams are coming in with a two-game losing streak while the Cardinals are coming in hot winning the last two games over the Cleveland Browns and the Seattle Seahawks. The Rams, under McVay since 2017 have a record of 32-15 (.681) and look to keep their streak of winning seasons going if they win Sunday. Over the week, McVay (33) has stressed that the team is looking to end the season on a high note. He stated during his Monday press conference that, “I think we want to be able to enjoy the week of preparation and let’s see these guys go out on a good note”.
If the Rams look to cap off a third straight winning season, they will need to get the run game going that over the last few weeks have struggled. Even though Todd Gurley ran in two scores last week in Santa Clara, he only accumulated 48 yards on 15 attempts for a 3.2 yard-per-carry.
The Cardinals during the 2019 season have given up 1,809 rushing yards with an average of 4.5 yards-per-carry. Running the ball more would get the pressure off of Jared Goff and make the Rams a two-dimensional team that could keep the Cardinals defense guessing that has given up 6.0 yards on average. Last week against the 49ers, Goff threw for 323 yards on 27/46 attempts with an average of 7.0 yards per throw.
The combination of a more proficient running game along with a solid passing game could open up the Sean McVay playbook that saw the Rams go 13-3 last season. One player to keep an eye on is tight end Tyler Higbee who is looking for a fifth straight 100-yard game which would be ideal to help open up Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, and Brandon Cooks to have big days as well.
Sunday will be an interesting day that could see the Los Angeles Rams go 9-7 on the season, and to send the team off in their last game at the Coliseum. Game is at 1:25 pm PST on FOX.
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