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- This was a performance worth forgetting by the Cardinals, made worse by an injury to starting QB Carson Palmer. But the Cardinals were not playing well prior to Palmer’s injury. Early in the game, the Cardinals redzone defense actually did well to hold the Rams to FGs instead of TDs and only a 6-0 deficit, but this game was decided by the lines: the Rams’ offensive line and defensive line simply dominated the Cardinals’ lines.
- Rams Head Coach Sean McVay continues to show he is one of the best play callers in football. He has rejuvenated WR Tavon Austin’s career by getting Austin the ball in a variety of ways from different formations. Austin now is able to show his value not only as a wide receiver, but also as a ball carrier. The Rams will shovel or toss run plays to Austin every game. McVay also is creatively sprinkling in zone read concepts to further confuse defenses. In this game, he had the Cardinals defense so off-balance that QB Jared Goff actually kept the ball on one zone read play for a rushing TD.
- On defense, Rams DC Wade Phillips is turning this unit into one of the best in the league. They play fearlessly and Phillips always has turnover-causing traps for every QB. He is showcasing Rams DL Aaron Donald, as well as a ball hawking secondary. It’s an attack scheme that has the players buying in and having fun.
- If there is any criticism of McVay, it is that his use of timeouts still is a bit ragged. In this game, he’d burned all his first half timeouts early into the 2nd quarter.