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

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

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Betting Lines (via Covers)

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

 

Cardinals Injury Report (via NFL.com)

Rob Housler TE Ankle Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Rashard Mendenhall RB Knee Full Participation in Practice Probable
Dan Williams DT Ankle Full Participation in Practice Probable
D.C. Jefferson TE Knee Full Participation in Practice Probable
Calais Campbell DE Quadricep Did Not Participate In Practice Questionable
Andre Roberts WR Quadricep Limited Participation in Practice Probable
Javier Arenas CB Hip Full Participation in Practice Probable
Andre Ellington RB Hamstring Full Participation in Practice Probable
Mike Leach LS Hamstring Full Participation in Practice Probable

 

Rams Injury Report (via NFL.com)

Cory Harkey TE Knee Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Jonathan Stewart LB Hip Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Darian Stewart S Thigh Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Quinton Pointer CB Thigh Did Not Participate In Practice Out

 

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

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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.

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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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