Thursday, Dec. 11
Kickoff Time: 8:25 p.m. Eastern
Network: NFL Network
The Rams won one game last year in the NFC West, their only win coming against the Arizona Cardinals at home. So, St. Louis is hoping its fortunes in 2014 are similar to those in 2013. The organization knows wins, especially those in the NFC West, are tough to come by.
Yet beating the Cardinals for the second time in as many years at home will be a daunting task. Arizona got better as the season pressed on in 2013, and St. Louis took a step back. Obviously, previous years' results don't predict the future, but they might in this case.
Why? Because all signs point to the Cardinals picking up where they left off in 2013. As I mentioned, they had a strong finish to the season and added veteran talent on both sides of the ball in free agency. The Rams, on the other hand, remained idle and did nothing to improve a less-than-impressive secondary.
It's hard not to like the overall direction of the Rams under Jeff Fisher, but Bruce Arians' club is one of the 10 best teams in the league. For this reason alone, the Cardinals will come away victorious in a hard-fought battle.