The Rams have their first divisional test of the season this Sunday, as they head to Arizona to take on the Cardinals at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:25 p.m. pacific time on FOX.
Ahead of the game, theRams.com examines 3 Keys to Winning for the Rams, powered by The Wallace Firm:
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The Raiders committed just one turnover against the Cardinals in Week 2, but it proved to be costly: Wide receiver Hunter Renfrow's fumble was scooped up by cornerback Byron Murphy, who returned it 59 yards for the game-winning touchdown in overtime.
Despite how Week 1 against the Chiefs went, the Cardinals showed they could be an opportunistic defense. The Rams will need to play as close to a turnover-free game as possible in order to prevent the Cardinals from capitalizing and ultimately come away with the victory.
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As the Rams know well by now, Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray is capable of making plays happen with both his arm and his legs. That mobility allows him to pick up extra yards when the pocket collapses, or make off-schedule plays when the original one called breaks down.
This will be an important game for not only the Rams' pass rushers - especially their edge defenders - to stay disciplined and keep containment, but also their short-handed secondary in terms of sticking to receivers and minimizing those explosive, off-schedule plays.
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One way to accomplish keys 2 and 3? Having an efficient run came to keep the defense honest.
The tandem of Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson Jr. helped keep the chains moving against the Falcons, and, like with any offense, helped prevent the Rams from becoming one-dimensional. It will help with playing a clean game offensively, and also keep the ball out of Murray's hands by chewing up clock.
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