Cardinals vs. Rams: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More

Jesse ReedCorrespondent ISeptember 8, 2013

GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 25:  quarterback Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams prepares to snap the football during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on November 25, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Rams defeated the Cardinals 31-17.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Week 1 on the NFL's schedule features a contest between the NFC West's forgotten, as the St. Louis Rams host the Arizona Cardinals. 

With the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks generating so much buzz these days, these two franchises have flown under the radar all summer long. 

Make no mistake about it, however: The Cardinals and Rams will be highly competitive this season, and the NFC West divisional title is by no means a gimme for the 49ers or Seahawks. 

Both teams feature underrated offenses loaded with talent, and both defenses are capable of making big plays and creating turnovers. 

Here's a look at what you need to know about this upcoming game.

 

When: Sunday, Sept. 8 at 4:25 p.m. ET

Where: Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis

Watch: FOX

Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket

Betting Lines (via Covers)

  • Over/Under: 41 pts.
  • Spread: St. Louis (-4.5)

 

Cardinals Injury Report (via NFL.com)

Rob HouslerTEAnkleDid Not Participate In PracticeOut
Rashard MendenhallRBKneeFull Participation in PracticeProbable
Dan WilliamsDTAnkleFull Participation in PracticeProbable
D.C. JeffersonTEKneeFull Participation in PracticeProbable
Calais CampbellDEQuadricepDid Not Participate In PracticeQuestionable
Andre RobertsWRQuadricepLimited Participation in PracticeProbable
Javier ArenasCBHipFull Participation in PracticeProbable
Andre EllingtonRBHamstringFull Participation in PracticeProbable
Mike LeachLSHamstringFull Participation in PracticeProbable

 

Rams Injury Report (via NFL.com)

Cory HarkeyTEKneeDid Not Participate In PracticeOut
Jonathan StewartLBHipDid Not Participate In PracticeOut
Darian StewartSThighDid Not Participate In PracticeOut
Quinton PointerCBThighDid Not Participate In PracticeOut

 

Can Carson Palmer Get Arizona's Offense Cranked Up?

The Cardinals featured one of the most embarrassing offenses in the NFL last year, ranking last in rushing yards and sacks allowed (or is it first?). Furthermore, All-Pro receiver Larry Fitzgerald found out what NFL purgatory is like with his worst season since his rookie campaign. 

As a result, longtime head coach Ken Whisenhunt was canned, and in his place the Cardinals brought offensive guru Bruce Arians aboard to right the ship. Not long after, they engineered a trade with the Oakland Raiders for quarterback Carson Palmer.

Arians loves to push the ball downfield with the passing game, which suits Palmer's strengths to perfection. However, the team's offensive line is still a work in progress—especially after rookie guard Jonathan Cooper was lost for the season with a broken leg. 

St. Louis' defense is loaded with pass-rushers, athletic linebackers and skilled defensive backs. Palmer will need to be at his absolute best to lead the Cardinals to victory. 

 

Prediction

The Rams have home-field advantage and are the better team to boot. 

Chris Long, Robert Quinn and the rest of the men on the defensive line comprise the most underrated defensive front in the NFL, and they'll get to Carson Palmer early and often.

On the other side, watch out for rookie receiver Tavon Austin, who is electric on turf surfaces. He and free-agent tight end Jared Cook will be targeted on a regular basis in the passing game by Sam Bradford, who is going to break out with a big season. 

 

Final Score 

Rams win, 28-24

 

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