Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals Matchup Preview 12/1/19: Analysis, Depth Charts, Daily Fantasy
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This matchup features the bottom two teams in the NFC West. The (3-7-1) Cardinals are out of playoff contention, but the (6-5) Rams still have a chance even though they are running out of time. The Cardinals are on a four-game losing streak after starting 3-3-1 with two of those losses coming to the division leader, the 49ers. They had their bye week last week to recover and regroup for this week in a game that ultimately doesn’t matter if they win or lose but would be a morale booster. The Rams got demolished by the Ravens on Monday night last week. Their defense opened the flood gates and let Lamar Jackson have a career day while the Ravens scored 45. The Rams’ offense has been a problem as well as they only scored 6 last week and have averaged just over 11 points in the last three games. A turn around is going to need to happen to beat the Cardinals this week. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals matchup page.
Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019
Time: 4:05pm ET
Location: State Farm Stadium – Glendale, AZ
Los Angeles Rams: CB Darious Williams (Q), OT Rob Havenstein (Q), S Marqui Christian (Q), TE Gerald Everett (Q)
Arizona Cardinals: DE Jonathan Bullard (Q)
Los Angeles Rams Analysis
The Rams are looking to bounce back from last week’s loss to the Ravens in which nothing went according to plan. They could not stop Lamar Jackson and Mark Ingram and could not get anything going on offense. Jared Goff had two interceptions without a touchdown and Todd Gurley ran for just 22 yards. With options like Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, and Brandin Cooks, it is hard to think of a reason why they shouldn’t be able to move the ball through the air. The beginning of the season showed so much promise for the Rams, but the Rams have taken steps back since.
The Cardinals are weak against the pass so this is the time to get their receivers and Goff going. Particularly, they are bad at guarding tight ends. Gerald Everett is currently listed as questionable but if he is able to play, he will be a big impact player. They need to get Cooper Kupp going again. He had been the top receiver for a while, but since then, he has gone through a slump as have the rest of the offense. If there was ever a game to get him going again, it would be this one since the Cardinals are struggling against the pass and the Rams need to win and get an offense going.
Los Angeles Rams Depth Chart
Arizona Cardinals Analysis
The Cardinals season is just about over, but the rest of their games can continue to be growing opportunities for the new offense. Kyler Murray has immense potential in this air raid offense. Each game can be used as another opportunity to find out what works and what doesn’t. A win this week would be a big confidence booster for the team as they have lost four straight. Getting Kenyan Drake more accustomed to the team will also be beneficial for the team moving ahead.
The way to beat the Rams will be holding their offense. The Rams are in a tough spot offensively as they have averaged just over 11 points per game in the last three weeks. The Cardinals can look at the film of these games and see what works defensively against them. Offensively, they just need to stick to their fast pace game. They manage to score a good amount of points on some tough teams like the 49ers. When their offense clicks, they are almost unstoppable. They just need to limit the points against them.
Arizona Cardinals Depth Chart
Daily Fantasy: Drink From The Kupp
It was four games ago when Cooper Kupp had 220 yards and a touchdown against the Bengals. Three disappointing games have gone by since then. The Rams’ offense has been on a downward slope the past few games. Against the Steelers, Kupp posted a donut on the stat sheet. Kupp is due for a big game. There is not a much better time to do it than this week. The Cardinals are bad at covering the pass, and as Goff’s top target, he should be blasting off this week.