Week 4: AZ Cardinals Fall to Rams and Lose Quarterback NFC WEST

Official Arizona Cardinals Fan Reporter
Official Arizona Cardinals Fan Reporter

By Stephanie Connery @AZLadyBirds

Rams 17 Cardinals 13

The Arizona Cardinals returned home to University of Phoenix Stadium to face the Los Angeles Rams after a terrible loss in Buffalo that quickly humbled the team and many of the fans.

This was the first time the Cards had played a team from Los Angeles since 1994, against the Rams, in that year’s season opener. As this was a divisional rival game and a return home for the Cards after that huge loss, we were expecting the team to come out fired up with guns blazing, but instead, we got lukewarm at best.

The Cardinals offensive line is still struggling to score early. This was another game where we failed to put up any points in the first quarter. We did allow a 65 yard catch and run from the Rams WR Brian Quick. (7 to 0 Rams). Then finally in the 2nd quarter we get 3 points from a 25 yard FG by Chandler Catanzaro which I didn’t see because I closed my eyes during the prayer I was saying at the time for him to nail it. (7 to 3 Rams).

Things were still slow with a couple of missed catches from the Cardinals and the inability to build off of any momentum. The Rams would answer back with a 29 yard field goal of their own from K Greg Zuerlein (10 to 3 Rams). Carson Palmer was finally able to connect with WR Michael Floyd for a 5 yard pass for a touchdown. This brought the score to an even 10-10 at the half! We were back in it, baby!

Once the 2nd half was getting started I had full faith that we were coming out to finish the fight and send the Rams packing… Boy, was I in for a doozy! The Cardinals did take the lead briefly with another FG from Chandler “Catman” Catanzaro and the score was (13 to 10 Cards) at the start of the 4th quarter.

It is notable to say that WR John Brown showed up to play! He had his best game of the season having 144 yards on 10 catches. The kid is quick and definitely gives us depth at the wide receiver position.

Now, this is where things just get ugly. QB Carson Palmer suffered a concussion on a sack with 5:26 left in the game after his head slammed into the turf. Palmer finished the day at 23-for-36 for 288 yards and a touchdown. Enter backup QB Drew Stanton for the Arizona Cardinals. In the meantime with just about 2:39 left in the 4th quarter Los Angeles Rams WR Brian Quick catches a four-yard quick pass from QB Case Keenum  for another touchdown putting them back on top  (17 to 13 Rams). Backup QB Drew Stanton threw 2 interceptions to end his day with 4-for-11 for 37 yards. Carson Palmer is undergoing concussion protocol and is still questionable for a return this Thursday Night against the San Francisco 49ers. It’s likely that Stanton will be the starting quarterback.

This is the worst start for head coach Bruce Arians since joining the Cardinals, we are now 1 and 3. Things are still not as bad as they could be. The sky hasn’t fallen yet although there is much speculation that suggests the Cardinals perhaps started the season off with too much hype and fell into a trap of having “believing their own hype”. I have also heard the phrase “Too much talent” on paper but we can’t get the mechanics right. Whatever the case may be, there is a ton of football left to be played and I believe that my Arizona Cardinals will get past this and come together to make a playoff push. Go Cards Go!

Arizona Cardinals Fan’s Fun Fact: Larry Fitzgerald has more touchdown receptions against the Rams (16) than any active player has against a single opponent (AZ Cardinals Game Release Week 4).

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