Cardinals vs. Rams: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Spread, Radio, Game Time and More

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Cardinals vs. Rams: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Spread, Radio, Game Time and More
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In an NFC West matchup that looks a lot more appealing today than anyone thought it would four weeks ago, the undefeated Arizona Cardinals travel to Missouri Thursday night to take on the St. Louis Rams. 

After the Cardinals defeated New England two weeks ago, there was some thought they were just a nice story that would eventually fade away. They had problems against Miami in Week 4, but somehow, some way were able to run their winning streak to four to start the season. 

The Rams played one of those bowling-shoe ugly games against Seattle last week en route to evening their record at 2-2. They aren't playing great football in any phase of the game, but are doing a lot more this year than they did last season. 

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Where: Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Mo.

When: Thursday, Oct. 4, at 8:20 p.m. ET

Watch: NFL Network

Live Stream: NFL.com

Betting Line: Arizona (-2), according to Bovada

Listen: News Talk 92.3 FM (Arizona); ESPN 101 FM (St. Louis)

 

Arizona Injury Report

Official report won't be released until Wednesday. Will update when available. 

 

St. Louis Injury Report

Official report won't be released until Wednesday. Will update when available. 

 

What They Are Saying

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While some might be skeptical of Arizona's start, Brian Billick of Fox Sports is definitely not one of them. After the Cardinals knocked off Miami in Week 4, this is what the former Baltimore head coach wrote about them. 

Although it wasn’t on display on Sunday, the strength of this team is the defense led by coordinator Ray Horton. He has built this defense in the mold of the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he was a part of three Super Bowls and helped the defense to rank in the top 10 for seven consecutive seasons, three of which were as the league leader. Now, in just his second season with the Cardinals, he entered this game with a defense that had given up just two touchdowns, the fewest in the NFL.

The Cardinals strike me as an enigma right now. They have the perfect record, which is all that really matters, but they don't look good winning games. 

 

Arizona Player to Watch: QB Kevin Kolb

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It was so easy to hate on Kolb last season, but at least he looks like a competent quarterback right now. He is playing more efficient football than putting up big numbers, and it seems to be working. 

The Cardinals don't have strong stats anywhere—24th in passing, 30th in rushing, 21st in pass defense, 15th in run defense—-so perhaps this fast start is a fluke that will be exposed later on. 

Either way, Kolb is going to end up being the difference-maker for the Cardinals. He has the most potential of any quarterback on the roster, is capable of doing good things and is starting to show some improvements. 

 

St. Louis Player to Watch: WR Danny Amendola

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The matchup that has the most potential in this game is Amendola against Patrick Peterson. These are two young, budding stars who are off to strong starts this season. 

For the Rams, a team not exactly riddled with playmakers on offense, having a wide receiver like Amendola who they can depend on for at least five to six receptions per game is critical. 

He's not a burner, so don't expect Amendola to break a big one. But he does everything else well. He can go over the middle, run precise routes and put himself in position to make any catch. 

 

Prediction

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I don't know what to make of the Cardinals. Their record says they are very good, but they aren't exactly making anything look easy. I suppose style points shouldn't matter, though we all know that's garbage. 

Because the Cardinals have to travel halfway across the country on a short week, the Rams have a huge advantage. I think they can take advantage of it. 

Rams 23, Cardinals 19

 


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