Five of the six Super Wild Card Weekend games have finished, leaving us with just one game left to fill out the divisional round: Cardinals at Rams
There are plenty of reasons to believe it should be a good one. The teams split their regular-season meetings, with each winning on the road. Both teams have had stretches of championship-level highs and maddening lows, and that extends to the quarterbacks, too. Kyler Murray simply hasn’t been the same since returning from his mid-season injury. Matthew Stafford can make every throw in the book, but that sometimes gets him in trouble.
Both teams figure to go as far as their quarterback takes them, and that starts Monday night.
When the Cardinals have the ball…
Kyler Murray looked like two completely different players in his two games against the Rams this season.
Kyler Murray vs Rams This Season
Week 4 (Win)
Week 14 (Loss)
This is no surprise. Murray has not been nearly as good in any facet since he sprained his ankle in Week 8 (which he returned from in Week 13). Of course, Murray has also been missing superstar wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins for the past month, but that won’t change Monday night, either. Hopkins isn’t expected to suit up unless Arizona’s playoff run continues past this week, and perhaps longer.
The Rams are also missing some key pieces, though, which represents an opportunity for the Cardinals to take advantage. Los Angeles will be without starting safeties Taylor Rapp and Jordan Fuller after both suffered injuries in Week 18. These are major, major losses. The Rams have played just 48 snaps without either Rapp or Fuller on the field, and while it’s a small sample size, the results haven’t been good.
Rams Defense This Season
Rapp, Fuller Both off Field
Rapp, Fuller Both on Field
Yards per attempt allowed
Yards per rush…