Rams sweep away Cardinals, secure first winning mark since 2003

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Date sent: 2017/12/05 10:25:30
Toward the end, you could clearly make out the "Cooop" chants for Cooper Kupp, the Los Angeles Rams' rookie slot receiver. University of Phoenix Stadium had emptied <a href="">Jack Lambert Authentic Jersey</a> itself of Arizona Cardinals fans by the final minutes of <a href=""></a> the Rams' <a href="">Wayne Gretzky Authentic Jersey</a> eventual 32-16 victory Sunday. Backed by a relentless pass rush, an efficient attack through the air and an elite special-teams unit, the Rams rolled over their division rivals for the second time this season, proving once again that they are among the NFL's elite. Below is a look at how it unfolded.
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What it means: That the Rams have been able taking care of business, not fooling around against teams they should beat. They have blown out the Indianapolis Colts, New York Giants and Houston Texans, and they have outscored the Cardinals by a combined 49 points in two <a href=""></a> meetings this season. With the win, the Rams improved to 9-3, securing their first winning record since 2003. They also stayed one game behind the Minnesota Vikings for that all-important first-round bye heading into <a href=""></a> a tough three-game <a href="">Demarcus Lawrence Jersey Womens</a> stretch.
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What I liked: The Rams' special teams unit is one <a href=""></a> of the best in the NFL, and it showed Sunday. Tyrunn Walker blocked an extra point and Michael Brockers blocked a 45-yard field-goal attempt. At one point, Johnny Hekker punted out of his own end zone and pinned the Cardinals at their own 21-yard line. After the defense forced a three-and-out, Pharoh Cooper returned a punt 30 yards, helping to set up the Rams' third touchdown. The Rams' opening drive ended in a 56-yard field goal from Greg Zuerlein, who's 6 for 7 on 50-plus-yard field goals this season.

What I didn't like: It's hard to answer this without feeling like you're nitpicking. The Rams jumped to a 16-0 lead and let the Cardinals back in it with back-to-back touchdown drives, one a methodical type that absorbed more than six minutes and the other taking up less than two-and-a half minutes and resulting in a wide open Larry Fitzgerald. But the defense -- led by Aaron Donald, who notched two sacks and now has seven in his last seven games -- picked up six sacks and held the Cardinals to 149 scrimmage yards in the second half. The Rams' offense also had a hard time finishing drives with touchdowns, but Zuerlein easily leads the NFL with 143 points and is on pace for a record 191.

Fantasy fallout: Todd Gurley didn't get a whole lot of carries early, but he wound up carrying the load for the offense again. Gurley rushed for 74 yards on 19 carries and picked up another 84 yards on six catches, the screen game working wonders for him once again. Gurley entered ranked second in the NFL in scrimmage yards and now has a career-high 1,502 on the year. Sammy Watkins had only three catches on four targets for 38 yards, but he scored a touchdown. Kupp had five catches for 68 yards, and <a href="">Brian Dawkins Jersey</a> Jared Goff (21 of 31, 220 yards, two touchdowns, one interception) became the first Rams quarterback to top 3,000 yards since Sam Bradford in 2012.

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