MNF: Rams Beat Cardinals Despite Being Shorthanded

Most teams have found it difficult to win games against the Arizona Cardinals this season. It’s much tougher when you’re playing with a little weakened squad, as the Los Angeles Rams did on Monday Night Football. Nonetheless, they found a way to win, defeating their division opponents 30-23 for a crucial victory that keeps them in contention to win both the NFC West and the whole NFC.


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Matthew Stafford, as you would expect, was very good in this outing, throwing for three touchdowns and 287 yards as he completed 23 of 30 passes. Aaron Donald also was a big factor defensively for the visiting Rams, sacking Kyler Murray three times. The first came on the opening play of the game, making a sort of statement of intent. The defense, who were playing with players in the secondary who had barely seen the field in an NFL game, also picked off Murray twice. He still finished the game with well over 400 yards of total offense, including 383 yards in the air, but the interceptions both led to TD drives for the Rams, effectively sealing the Cards’ fate on this night. They fell to 10-3 with the result, and it also meant they would be waiting to clinch a playoff spot. The Rams, meanwhile, moved to 9-4 with the win, they’re second consecutive following a three-game losing skid mid-season.


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