The Arizona Cardinals should be full of confidence after witnessing their division rival’s performance in Super Bowl LIII
For the past two seasons, a certain team from the NFC West has absolutely owned the Arizona Cardinals. Coincidentally, the squad that’s been dominating the Redbirds has also won two consecutive division titles. This past Sunday, however, the Cards were shown a blueprint containing information on how to defeat those annoying Los Angeles Rams.
New England Patriots’ head coach Bill Belichick orchestrated a defensive gameplan that completely confused Sean McVay, Jared Goff and the rest of the Rams’ scoring attack. If new Arizona defensive coordinator Vance Joseph wasn’t taking notes, he should’ve been. The Pats won Super Bowl LIII by a score of 13-3, proving that the Los Angeles offense is not the unstoppable machine that it appeared to be for the last two years.
What New England did this past weekend gives the Cardinals hope. The Rams have totally manhandled the team from the desert since McVay was hired in 2017. The last four matchups between the two clubs have been tough to stomach for both the Cards and their fans.
Arizona has been outscored by a total of 130-25 during those games. A meeting in London between the two franchises in October of 2017 resulted in a 33-0 win for Los Angeles. In December of that year, the Cardinals fell to the Rams by a score of 32-16 at home.
It didn’t get any better for Big Red in 2018. The Cards were blown out 34-0 at the Los Angeles Coliseum in week two. Later on in the season, in December, Arizona was beaten 31-9 by the Rams at home.
What transpired during the “Big Game” may have given the Cardinals a shot of confidence. The contest revealed that McVay and the Los Angeles offense is, indeed, human. If only the Cards can mimic what the Patriots did to the Rams when they meet their division nemesis this upcoming season.