Arizona Cardinals vs St. Louis Rams: Run This Way
By Scott Allen
The Arizona Cardinals (10-3) are in St. Louis tonight to face the St. Louis Rams (6-7)
The Cardinals found something last week that had been missing since the early part of the season, a running game. With Andre Ellington headed to Injured Reserve, they looked for someone else to step up. They had released Michael Bush, so that left Stepfan Taylor, Marion Grice, and Kerwynn Williams to take up the slack.
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Well, Taylor was your starter at running back last Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs but it was Kerwynn Williams who stole the show and rushed for 100 yards. He was the first 100-yard rusher for the Cardinals this season.
Against the Rams on November 9th, the Cardinals were not able to run the ball at all. Ellington rushed for just 23 yards on 18 carries. Just 28 yards on the ground was all the Cardinals could muster. That same result tonight will result in a different outcome this time, so being able to run the ball is a must tonight.
Coach Bruce Arians said earlier this week he was still going to start Taylor despite the result Williams got him on Sunday. However he did say it would be more like a running back by committee. The Rams though only give up 104.8 yards-per-game on the ground, which is 10th in the NFL. They can be had with the right game plan.
The run game is more important on the road than it is at home because the Rams are going to bother Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton all night with their pass rush. He is more likely going to be pushed into mistakes in the passing game. Don’t get me wrong, the Cards need Stanton to play well as well but the key is getting yards on the ground and maintaining a better time of possession.