It has officially become a losing streak for the Arizona Cardinals when it comes to playing the St. Louis Rams. The Rams have won three straight against the Cards. The last victory? That would be a 23-20 victory in St. Louis on November 27, 2011. That seems like forever ago.
Now, I haven’t completely forgotten the eight-game winning streak over the Rams the Cards enjoyed from December 3, 2006 until September 12, 2010, but that really is ancient history. These aren’t your older brother’s Rams. These Rams can ball.
As we know, the last time these two tangled was in St. Louis in week one. The Cards held a 24-13 lead going into the fourth quarter and we were all talking about how nice it was that the Cards finally had a real quarterback again. However, the offense couldn’t move the ball and that left a tired defense on the field way too long. In the end the Cards came up short 27-24. That may end up being the theme for the season, coming up just short.
Right now as it stands, the Cards are a 6 1/2 point favorite over the Rams. To me, the way the Rams have been playing as of late, that is staggering. The Rams handled the Chicago Bears at home two weeks ago 42-21 and had beaten the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis 38-8 the week before that. They held the San Francisco 49ers to 23 points at home last week in a 23-13 loss.
As we all know though, what happened in the past can only give us a best guess as to what will happen this week. The Cards are a bit banged up but the Rams are on the road for the third time in the last four weeks. It is as close to a must win as you can get without it necessarily being one according to the standings for the Cards on Sunday. I believe the Cards will get it done 23-21.