A Coaches Take: How the Rams beat the Cardinals to become the Best in the West

The best team in the NFC West is the Los Angeles Rams. Yes you read that right. After beating the Seahawks without scoring a touchdown two weeks ago, the Rams decided on a different offensive approach against the rival Arizona Cardinals this week.

Case Keenum is better than advertised.

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Photo Credit: Theorn Henderson/Getty Images

Statistically Keenum isn’t much to look at in this game, but anyone who witnessed the actual game will disagree. Keenum used his mobility against the Cardinals to make a few plays that no one knew he was capable of. On two separate instances Keenum used his legs to create big plays that put the Rams inside the Cardinals red zone. BOTH times the plays were called back for a total of 55 yards in penalties against the Rams. If Los Angeles doesn’t have those costly penalties they are bound to score 6-14 more points in this game and make the win that much more convincing.

Rams Offense played well enough to win

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Photo Credit: Sports Illustrated

Not a lot of explosive plays or game changing drives, but the Rams offense was effective and efficient. With only 1 turnover they made the most of their 288 total yards of offense. Despite Todd Gurley not having a great day rushing, he was featured in the pass game hauling in 5 receptions for 49 yards, along with Brian Quick having his only two reception be for two scores. Tavon Austin was non existent in the pass game with only 2 catches, but made his impact with a 47 yard punt return that led to Quick’s game winning touchdown drive.

#MobSquad is Accurate

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Photo Credit: Joe Camporeale/USA Today Sports

On twitter the Los Angeles Rams emoji is found using #mobsquad based on their defensive mentality. This Mentality was on full display against the Cardinals on Sunday. Everyone on the Rams defense was involved in their statistical dominance: 5 turnovers, 3 sacks, 12 passes defended, 6.5 tackles for loss, 6 quarterback hits.

Rams won the turnover battle

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Photo Credit: Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times

The Arizona Cardinals out gained the Los Angeles Rams 420 yards to 288. The Cardinals committed 5 turnovers compared to the Rams only having 1 turnover. Win the turnover battle, win the game.

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