|Last 3 Games||0-2||-2.6||1-2||3-0||14.7||9.3||355.0||(5.4)||2.0||32.0||16.0||367.7||(5.9)||0.0|
|Offense (All Games)||17.4||9.5||17.6||30:15||26-112||(4.3)||21-34||61.1%||215||(6.4)||60-327||(5.5)||(18.8)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||20.7||10.1||19.5||30:07||26-106||(4.1)||22-36||59.5%||233||(6.4)||62-340||(5.5)||(16.4)|
|Offense Road Games||14.8||8.6||18.4||32:17||26-113||(4.3)||22-34||65.1%||218||(6.3)||61-331||(5.5)||(22.4)|
|Defense (All Games)||23.7||11.9||21.0||31:15||28-113||(4.1)||22-33||67.0%||224||(6.7)||61-337||(5.5)||(14.2)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||23.9||11.6||20.6||31:44||29-123||(4.3)||21-33||62.0%||224||(6.7)||62-346||(5.6)||(14.5)|
|Defense Road Games||27.2||13.0||22.8||30:43||26-108||(4.1)||22-34||65.5%||234||(6.8)||61-342||(5.6)||(12.6)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.9||0.6||1.5||-0.6||13-4||34.6%||2-1||58.8%||2-53||(21)||2-14||(6.5)||8-60|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1.1||0.8||1.9||2.1||14-5||37.9%||1-0||56.9%||3-65||(23.1)||19-2||(9)||7-55|
|Stats For (Road Games)||0.8||0.4||1.2||-0.4||13-4||31.2%||2-1||62.5%||3-52||(18.5)||3-12||(4.7)||10-77|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.8||0.1||0.9|| ||13-5||38.8%||1-0||62.5%||2-50||(24.8)||2-25||(10.2)||6-46|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0.9||0.6||1.5|| ||13-5||37.7%||1-0||50.8%||2-60||(24.1)||24-2||(9.8)||7-57|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||0.8||0.0||0.8|| ||12-4||36.2%||1-1||100.0%||3-62||(23.8)||3-26||(10.1)||6-44|
|Last 3 Games||0-3||-3||1-2||1-2||13.0||7.7||261.0||(4.4)||1.3||26.0||18.0||351.7||(5.6)||2.3|
|Offense (All Games)||16.3||8.3||16.9||30:32||23-83||(3.6)||22-38||56.5%||201||(5.3)||61-284||(4.7)||(17.4)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||21.3||10.3||19.9||30:08||26-112||(4.2)||21-35||60.8%||230||(6.5)||62-342||(5.5)||(16.1)|
|Offense Home Games||18.0||8.8||17.8||30:44||22-72||(3.3)||23-39||58.2%||216||(5.5)||61-288||(4.7)||(16)|
|Defense (All Games)||19.6||10.9||17.8||30:30||29-121||(4.1)||18-32||56.2%||203||(6.3)||62-324||(5.2)||(16.5)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||23.4||11.9||20.7||31:31||29-126||(4.4)||21-34||63.5%||227||(6.8)||62-354||(5.7)||(15.1)|
|Defense Home Games||17.2||8.4||17.8||31:20||29-121||(4.2)||19-33||59.1%||212||(6.5)||62-333||(5.4)||(19.4)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.8||0.7||1.5||0.7||15-4||28.2%||2-1||43.7%||2-42||(24.8)||4-28||(7.8)||7-60|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.6||1.5||1.7||13-5||38.4%||1-0||50.6%||3-61||(24)||22-2||(10.1)||7-57|
|Stats For (Home Games)||1.2||0.2||1.4||0.8||14-4||28.2%||2-1||66.7%||1-35||(24.7)||4-32||(7.9)||7-68|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.4||0.8||2.2|| ||14-5||34.8%||0-0||50.0%||2-61||(27.8)||3-29||(10.2)||6-51|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0.8||0.7||1.5|| ||13-5||39.6%||1-0||54.5%||3-62||(24.5)||23-2||(10.7)||6-53|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||0.8||1.4||2.2|| ||14-5||36.6%||1-0||33.3%||2-68||(28.2)||3-29||(9.6)||7-63|
|Average power rating of opponents played: ST LOUIS 23.4, ARIZONA 22.1|
|11/11/2012||@ SAN FRANCISCO||24-24||T||13.5||W||37.5||O||37-159||28-41-299||1||34-183||18-25-158||0|
|11/25/2012||@ ARIZONA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/2/2012||SAN FRANCISCO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/9/2012||@ BUFFALO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/16/2012||MINNESOTA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||@ TAMPA BAY|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/4/2012||@ ST LOUIS||3-17||L||-1.5||L||37.5||U||17-45||28-50-237||1||32-111||7-21-131||1|
|11/4/2012||@ GREEN BAY||17-31||L||10.5||L||43||O||18-54||23-46-286||2||39-176||14-30-208||1|
|11/25/2012||ST LOUIS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/2/2012||@ NY JETS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/9/2012||@ SEATTLE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/16/2012||DETROIT|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||CHICAGO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|ST LOUIS: New offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer comes from the Jets, where he often abandoned the run and prefers to get cute with a lot of play-action trickery. New offensive line coach Paul Boudreau figures to keep transitioning to more man blocking, a transition they started in 2011 with little success. Steven Jackson will still be relied on heavily as long as he remains healthy; rookie Isaiah Pead will be more of a return specialist and straight backup as Jackson's heir. Jackson will continue to take third down reps, and he figures to stay on the field to handle red zone carries. There's a lot of crossing and dragging in Schottenheimer's complicated offense, which is one that could be tough for the Rams' young WRs to pick up. Rookie Brian Quick and slot guys Danny Amendola and TE Lance Kendricks are likely the biggest beneficiaries from a targets standpoint, while outside guys like Chris Givens and Austin Pettis figure to see fewer balls. Quick is the guy St. Louis is counting on to be quarterback Sam Bradford's go-to receiver. While Quick's skills are certainly impressive, he's got a big adjustment to make coming from Appalachian State's spread offense. Schottenheimer always got pass-happy in the red zone, frequently using play-action even before he had a goal line weapon in Plaxico Burress in 2011. Only three teams forced fewer turnovers than the Rams did in 2011, and their horrible offense helped contribute to the rise in points and yards allowed. St. Louis did improve in the offseason with the signings of CB Cortland Finnegan and LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar, but those two guys aren't enough to make this an above-average unit. Chris Long's switch to left end after Leonard Little retired paid immediate dividends in 2010, and he then had a career-high 13 sacks last season with then-rookie RDE Robert Quinn drawing attention to the opposite side. James Laurinaitis has more tackles than any NFL player over the past three seasons, and he has yet to miss a game in his career. The question is whether he'll be as productive in what's expected to be a more aggressive scheme under new head coach Jeff Fisher. Meanwhile, the team seems ready to go into the season without a defensive coordinator'the coordinator work has been handled at various times over the past few months by assistant head coach Dave McGinnis, secondary coach Chuck Cecil and linebackers coach Blake Williams, the son of suspended Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who was exiled indefinitely for his role in the Saints bounty scandal. |
|ARIZONA: The Cards have largely given up on establishing the run because of their tendency to fall behind early in games. But their power running game, featuring a man-blocking scheme and between-the-tackles pounding, still remains. Beanie Wells was moderately effective last year, though they'd rather have Ryan Williams taking a large portion of the carries as long as he's recovered from knee surgery. Arizona largely runs out of its two-receiver sets, with an even split between two tight ends and fullback Anthony Sherman. The Cards get conservative in the red zone, where Wells gets a heavy workload and should continue to for as long as he's able to remain healthy. Kevin Kolb will get another shot in the desert. The Cardinals got much more aggressive throwing downfield last season, especially letting Larry Fitzgerald battle for the 50/50 ball. They can do the same thing on the other side once rookie Michael Floyd is ready. They usually throw out of three-receiver sets, and while the No. 2 (Floyd or Andre Roberts) gets more reps, the Cards throw to the slot (Roberts or Early Doucet) underneath just as often. Even after the addition of Todd Heap, the tight ends were used sparingly. When they throw in the red zone, Fitzgerald is almost always the first look, and they'll often force it to him even in double-coverage. The slot receiver over the middle is usually the second option down near the goal line. Partly because its subpar offense kept its defense on the field for the third-most minutes in the NFL, Arizona's yardage allowed was mediocre. Although the points and sacks improved significantly, the defense did not score in 2011. DL Calais Campbell has put together four strong seasons since becoming a starter for the Cardinals. He does a nice job picking up blocking schemes and knows how to use his hands in traffic. Darnell Dockett remains one of the NFL's better defensive linemen despite the fact that his sack numbers continue to decline. Daryl Washington is a bit undersized for an inside linebacker, but he moves like a defensive back. It could be argued that Patrick Peterson's contributions on special teams last season (four return touchdowns) were more than offset by his inability to cover. Opposing quarterbacks will likely continue to attack him until he improves: He was targeted 112 times last season, a total that ranked third in the NFL. |
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (ST LOUIS-ARIZONA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rams-Cardinals Preview* ========================
By SANTOSH VENKATARAMAN STATS Senior Writer
The Arizona Cardinals haven't been the same since they faced the St. Louis Rams back in October.
Now Arizona will likely look very different.
The Cardinals will try to end their six-game losing streak when they give rookie quarterback Ryan Lindley his first career start Sunday against the visiting Rams, who are winless in their last five.
Arizona (4-6) was 4-0 before suffering a 17-3 loss Oct. 4 at St. Louis (3-6-1) that started its longest slide since a seven-game skid two years ago. The Rams, meanwhile, have gone 0-4-1 since that contest.
Kevin Kolb was the Cardinals starter then. Coach Ken Whisenhunt turned to John Skelton in subsequent weeks before benching Skelton during last Sunday's 23-19 loss at Atlanta in favor of Lindley.
Lindley was just 9 of 20 for 64 yards, but Whisenhunt is hoping the sixth-round pick out of San Diego State will spark an offense ranked 31st overall and 30th in passing.
"He did a nice job in a hostile environment handling the game, without a lot of practice during the week," Whisenhunt said. "So where we are as a team and as an offense, it gives us a chance to see what he can do, see if he can't get, with a week of practice, if he can get in there and get us going and help us move the ball and score some points."
Lindley was a four-year starter in college, making a San Diego State record 49 consecutive starts. He set Mountain West Conference records for completions (961), attempts (1,732), passing yards (12,690) and total offense (12,415).
"I don't really get nervous," he said. "I think more right now it's just getting the reps in practice is what I want to do. I just want to make sure I'm ready because if I'm prepared, I'm ready to go, come Sunday it's just about getting it done and there's nothing really to it but to just do it when I'm out there."
Lindley was sacked 49 times and threw 48 interceptions in his college career, although he was picked off only a career-low eight times as a senior.
He may not have to worry about throwing an interception against St. Louis, which hasn't forced a turnover during its winless run to tie for the NFL's longest such stretch since 1950.
Only the 2011 Indianapolis Colts and 2006 Washington Redskins have gone five games without a takeaway in the last 62 years. The Rams' last turnover forced was a lost fumble by Kolb.
"We're stripping, the ball's flying around, it'll just happen," coach Jeff Fisher said. "But I don't think I've been in a stretch before that long."
St. Louis had eight interceptions through four games, but a defense that is being guided in part by assistant head coach Dave McGinnis - the Cardinals coach from 2000-03 - then failed to pick off Kolb in 50 pass attempts to start this dreadful drought.
"It's tough," safety Quintin Mikell told the Rams' official website. "That's kind of the way it goes sometimes. You get a bounce here and there, but right now they're not bouncing our way."
The Rams' defense will get a chance to try to strip Beanie Wells of the ball. The running back has been activated from the NFL's new injured/designated to return list for his first action since sustaining a severe turf toe injury against Philadelphia in Week 3.
Wells' best career effort was a franchise-record 228-yard performance the last time he played the Rams in a 23-20 victory Nov. 27, 2011.
"Obviously, I have respect for him as a runner," Rams defensive end Chris Long told the Cardinals' official website. "If we didn't before that last game last year, we do now. That guy runs hard, he's tough. He's athletic. He's a smart runner. He exposed us on that day. We were playing bad defense but he exposed us."
St. Louis, meanwhile, has plenty of respect for an Arizona defense that intercepted league MVP candidate Matt Ryan five times last week.
Although the Rams were victorious in the first meeting, Sam Bradford completed 7 of 21 passes for 141 yards. It marked Bradford's worst career completion percentage in a game and his second-worst yardage total.
"It was just one of those days," Bradford said. "I think it was just a combination of everything. Give them credit, they played well, they covered us at times but then we had opportunities at times. I think I missed a couple of throws that I usually make."
St. Louis is 1-15-1 in its last 17 on the road against NFC foes, with the lone victory over Arizona two seasons ago. The Rams fell 27-13 to the Jets last week.
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 12:47:11 PM EST|