Rams move to 2-1 with 20-12 victory over Cardinals

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The Rams have dominated the Cardinals since Sean McVay was hired as head coach in 2017, losing just once to the division rival.

Add another one to the win column, as Los Angeles beat Arizona 20-12 on Sunday.

The score could have been more lopsided, but Cardinals safety Budda Baker forced running back Cam Akers to fumble at the goal line in the fourth quarter.

That fumble turned into a late field goal, as Arizona was down by 11 and needed multiple scoring plays. But the Cardinals took 17 plays to go 84 yards and took 5:32 off the clock.

The Rams were able to bend but not break throughout Sunday’s game. While Arizona had scoring drives of 19, eight, 16, and 17 plays, the offense never reached the end zone. The Cardinals finished with 81 offensive plays to Los Angeles’ 46, going 6-of-18 on third down and 4-of-5 on fourth down.

Quarterback Kyler Murray threw a career-high 58 passes, completing 37 of them for 314 yards — averaging 5.4 yards per attempt. Receiver Marquise Brown finished with 14 receptions for 140 yards.

The Rams got an early lead and held onto it. After blocking a punt on Arizona’s first possession, L.A. scored a field goal. Then receiver Cooper Kupp ran in a 20-yard end around for a touchdown to put the Rams up 10-0. Matt Gay hit a 40-yard field goal early in the second quarter to give Los Angeles a 13-0 advantage.

In the third quarter, Akers punched in a 14-yard run for a touchdown. And the Rams were poised to score again before Akers’ fourth-quarter fumble. The running back looked like he was trying to extend the ball over the goal line when Baker punched it out.

Akers finished with 61 yards on 12 carries. Ben Skowronek was Los Angeles’ leading receiver with four catches for 66 yards. cooper Kupp caught four passes for 44 yards.

At 2-1, the Rams will have at least a share of first place when they take on the 49ers next Monday night.

The 1-2 Cardinals will head across the country to play the 1-2 Panthers in Week Four.

18 responses to “Rams move to 2-1 with 20-12 victory over Cardinals

  1. Last week Kyler Murray said he “had to take over the game”. I guess he didn’t feel that way this week.

  2. Why does Murray make no attempt to run until the 4th quarter? That’s the reason you’re good, bro.

  3. Normally I’d be on the dog pile Murray too, but his receivers dropped a ton of passes today.

  4. Kingsbury got an extension for having his team tanking late last year so if probably thinks this is what the franchise wants.

  5. Looks like he didnt do any homework. Should have kept the clause in house instead of taking it out looks like he needs film study.

  6. “Why does Murray make no attempt to run until the 4th quarter?”

    Rams know how to keep contain on him.

  7. Florio bought into the kyler hype and picked them. Glad to see he’s wrong again. Mcvay owns them.

  8. bozobiden says:
    September 25, 2022 at 8:30 pm
    Arizona is never going anywhere with that college quarterback—‐——————–At least the QB was great in college the college coach was mediocre. Murray would win MVP with a real coach.

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