4. Defense comes up big for Rams
Entering Sunday’s game, the Los Angeles Rams realized they faced a difficult challenge on the defensive side of the football when it came to the revamped offense of the Arizona Cardinals that were coming off a big win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In a way, the offense already had an advantage with a dynamic duo in the passing game led by Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald, but the addition of Adrian Peterson seemed to take the Cardinals to a whole new level in Week 6.
So how did all of these offensive stars perform against the defense of the Rams? Well, the fact that Los Angeles prevented Arizona from scoring a single point shows how much of a dominant performance this was by the defense, which is a huge confidence when looking at some of the struggles from the beginning of the season.
Not only was Fitzgerald held to just three catches for 29 yards, but one week after rushing for 134 yards with two scores against the Buccaneers, Peterson was limited to just 21 rushing yards on 11 carries. Obviously, this game could have been much different if Palmer wasn’t forced to leave the game due to a injury, but that shouldn’t takeaway from a stellar performance by the Rams’ defense since the Cardinals were already struggling before their quarterback left.