Through 1 Quarter

The Los Angeles Rams are ahead after one, as expected, but they’ll have to keep working the rest of the way. They have jumped out to a quick 7 to nothing lead against the Arizona Cardinals. The Rams have come by their advantage honestly, as they have outgained Arizona 122 yards to -3.

Nobody has stood out from the pack for Los Angeles offensively yet, with WR Odell Beckham Jr. being one of several leaders. He has snatched one receiving TD. Beckham Jr.’s performance is making up for a slower matchup against the San Francisco 49ers last week.

Both Los Angeles and Arizona suffered losses in their previous contests, but Los Angeles is closer to making up for it this week. Los Angeles is out front, but they can’t get complacent.

Who’s Playing

Arizona @ Los Angeles

Regular Season Records: Arizona 11-6; Los Angeles 12-5

What to Know

The Los Angeles Rams are 10-2 against the Arizona Cardinals since October of 2016, and they’ll have a chance to extend that success Monday. The Rams will duke it out with Arizona in the first round of the playoffs at SoFi Stadium at 8:15 p.m. ET. Both teams took a loss in their last game, so they’ll have plenty of motivation to get the ‘W.’

Los Angeles fought the good fight in their overtime contest against the San Francisco 49ers last week but wound up with a less-than-desirable result, falling 27-24. Los Angeles was up 17-3 at the end of the half but couldn’t hold on to the lead. One thing holding Los Angeles back was the mediocre play of RB Sony Michel, who did not have his best game: he rushed for 43 yards on 21 carries.

Meanwhile, Arizona scored first but ultimately less than the Seattle Seahawks in their game last week. The Cardinals fell to Seattle 38-30. Despite the loss, Arizona got a solid performance out of RB James Conner, who punched in one rushing touchdown in addition to snatching one receiving TD.

Special teams collected 12 points for Arizona. K Matt Prater…

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