Rams vs. Cardinals: Who has the edge?

RAMS (8-3) at CARDINALS (5-6)
When: Sunday, 1:25 p.m.
Where: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.
Line: Rams by 7
TV/radio: Ch. 11; 710-AM, 93.1-FM, 1330-AM (Spanish)

Arizona’s loss to the Rams last month capped a brutal three-game stretch in which the Cardinals allowed a total of 100 points in three games. Since then, the Cardinals have allowed only 77 points in their last four games. Arizona has faced the fourth-most pass attempts in the NFL this season but has allowed a completion percentage of 60.4 percent, ninth-best in the league, and the Cardinals allow only 3.7 yards per rushing attempt. Arizona has been fairly stout on run defense in recent games, so it will be interesting to see if the Rams abandon the run too quickly if Todd Gurley can’t get going early, but Gurley ran for 106 yards on only 22 carries in the last meeting, and the Rams totaled 197 rushing yards. EDGE: RAMS

The Cardinals are on their third quarterback of the season, Blaine Gabbert, after injuries to Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton. Running back Adrian Peterson has been inconsistent but Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald remains timeless. Fitzgerald has 780 receiving yards this season but is looking for a bounce-back effort after he had only three catches for 12 yards last week against Jacksonville. The Rams’ defense would love to put forth a repeat of last week’s effort against New Orleans, when the Rams did an admirable job against the run and made life miserable for the Saints’ pass game. This will be a good test for rookie linebacker Samson Ebukam, who replaces injured Connor Barwin. EDGE: RAMS

Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein missed a 63-yard field goal attempt, into a slight wind and on a patchy Coliseum field, and team followers noted surprise. Isn’t Zuerlein supposed to make everything? Practically, and he’s been nearly automatic from inside 55 yards. This should be a Pro Bowl season for Zuerlein and for Pharoh Cooper, who continues to give the Rams good field position on kickoffs and punts, at least during those rare times when they’re not called for penalties (something that needs to be cleaned up). Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson made a 57-yard field goal as time expired last week to beat Jacksonville, and returner Kerwynn Williams is expected to play despite hurting his ribs last week. EDGE: RAMS

This will be another good test for the Rams’ Sean McVay, who so far has pushed…

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