3 matchups the Arizona Cardinals must dominate to win in Week 12

The 2-9 Arizona Cardinals will keep playing to win as opposed to tanking for a high draft spot, so they will focus on dominating a trio of matchups.

Nov 19, 2023; Houston, Texas, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) runs with the ball
Nov 19, 2023; Houston, Texas, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) runs with the ball / Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
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Oct 22, 2023; Seattle, Washington, USA; Arizona Cardinals offensive tackle Paris Johnson Jr. (70) / Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

3 - Offensive line dominating the. Rams pass rush

The Arizona Cardinals offensive line hasn’t been effective, but neither has the Rams pass rush. Their 21 sacks rank among the lowest in the NFL, and they are also among the worst in the league in hurry percentage (5.4), and total pressures (19.3), which gives the Cards offensive line a golden opportunity to play better than they have recently. 

Dominating the Rams up front won’t just create opportunities for the running game, but it will also give Kyler Murray an ample amount of time to drop back, extend plays, and hit the right pass-catcher. 

It’s also worth noting that the Rams are fifth in the league in missed tackles, and guys like Murray are experts at eluding defenders. Therefore, if the offensive line can bring their A-Game, or at least put up a respectable game, the Cardinals will at least force the Rams offense to keep up with them, because there is a strong chance they will be scoring more than they have all season.

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