LA Rams Game Day primer: Last Deal of the Cards
By Bret Stuter
The LA Rams (9-6) host the Arizona Cardinals (8-7) in a game that now holds a winner-take-all impact on these NFC West rivals
The LA Rams are preparing for their last regular season game of 2020. At times this season, these LA Rams displayed the type of excellence one only finds in a championship caliber team. At other times, the Rams struggled to compete with some of the worst teams in the NFL. When that happened, the Rams shattered any trust or optimism previously built.
The team that was once competing for the top seed in the NFC, and compared to the defending Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs, is not in a fight to cling to hopes of a playoff berth at all. Win one and be in has been the Rams theme for three consecutive weeks. And with each opportunity, the Rams have balked, failing to do so. That has become a nagging question in the minds of fans. If the Rams cannot win one game against an regular season opponent to claim a playoff berth in three attempts, how can this team possibly win four games against playoff opponents to claim a Super Bowl victory?
New faces, familiar places
Thanks to loss of starting defensive lineman Michael Brockers, quarterback Jared Goff, running back Darrell Henderson, and wide receiver Cooper Kupp, the Rams will be fielding a host of new faces in this one. Of course, the big story in this one is whether the Rams will see the unlikely return to the football field for rookie running back Cam Akers. The team did announce one boost in the return of starting linebacker Micah Kiser for the last game of the 2020 season. He did not play in the Rams previous contest against the Arizona Cardinals.
The Sunday afternoon weather for Inglewood, California is currently forecast to be a partly cloudy afternoon, with a high temperature in the low 60s. There is a slight chance of precipitation, in the form of rain. Adding to the pristine game conditions, the wind will be very light, with gusts from the south at a light 5-10 mph. The chance of rain is very slight, but clouds and light wind will keep the thought of precipitation on the minds of viewers throughout the game.