Rams vs. Cardinals Score, Takeaways: Arizona shuts out LA; Cooper Koop suffered an ankle injury

Rams vs. Cardinals Score, Takeaways: Arizona shuts out LA; Cooper Koop suffered an ankle injury

The Arizona Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Rams 27-17 in the backup quarterback battle. The Rams’ Matthew Stafford is out with a concussion and the Cardinals’ Kyler Murray is out with a hamstring injury. Colt McCoy started for the Cardinals, while John Wolford started for the home team.

The Cardinals improved to 4-6 on the year, while the defending Super Bowl champions dropped to 3-6. Not only did the Rams lose another important division game, they also lost All-Pro receiver Cooper Kupp. Koop, who finished the game with three catches for -1 yards (not a misprint!) sprained his right ankle in the third quarter and did not return. He originally hurt that ankle late in a Week 8 blowout loss to the 49ers.

The game started slowly offensively, going one field goal apiece until late in the second quarter, when the Cardinals reached the end zone. James Conner eventually had a TD to thank for with a 4-yard rush.

The Cardinals gained some momentum from the first touchdown and came back before halftime to score again, this time on a pass from McCoy to AJ Green.

The Cardinals already have their backups, and after McCoy’s injury in the third quarter, they were forced to bring in their third-string QB Trace McSorley. McCoy later re-entered the game.

Why the Cardinals won

Not only did the Cardinals come out swinging with a field goal on the board as the second quarter ended, but once they found their rhythm, their game changed drastically. In less than two minutes, the Cardinals scored two touchdowns, made a statement, took a solid lead and headed into halftime with momentum.

McCoy showed he could make some tough throws and finished the game with 238 yards and a touchdown, though the injury forced him to leave the game for a while. When McCoy went out for a few plays and Trace McSorley came in, the offense adjusted and didn’t make any significant mistakes with their third-stringer.

The matchup to watch was DeAndre Hopkins vs. Jalen Ramsey and D-Hope was able to make a lot of plays against the coverage, which ended up being a big difference maker for the offense. Hopkins finished the day with 98 yards on 10 receptions. James Conner was the rushing leader with 69 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries.

Why did Rama get lost?

The Rams reached the end zone once before their garbage time TD, which rarely gets you a win in the NFL these days. Their second touchdown as the game wore on wasn’t enough to win and they needed to have that red zone skill before it was too late.

They had two turnovers on the day, a fumble and an interception, another stat that is hard to contain and win in this league.

Los Angeles struggled on the ground and its rushing leader, Cam Akers, had just 22 yards on six carries.

The Rams especially struggled offensively in the second quarter, with no first downs in the quarter before they took the ball with less than two minutes left in the half.

The Rams defense did a good job of stopping the Cardinals early in the game, but gave up two touchdowns within two minutes of the half. The offense never caught up and the Cardinals never lost that lead the rest of the game.


Arizona’s second touchdown really set the tone of the game and the offense running over the Rams defense twice in two minutes further proved who was the more experienced and prepared quarterback on the day. The TD was an AJ Green 6-yard reception that gave Arizona a comfortable 17-3 lead at the half.

play game

This incredible catch, which set up James Conner’s second touchdown, is an easy pick to play the game.

what next

The Cardinals will play host to the San Francisco 49ers on Nov. 21 on “Monday Night Football.” The main storyline will be whether Murray can return to the game.

The Rams travel to New Orleans next week to face the Saints, who lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers this week.

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