Arizona at St. Louis: 3 Things We Learned
1.) The Cardinals' Offense Will Not Be Able To Keep Up In The Playoffs
At 11-3, the Cardinals are set to make the playoffs, but averaging 13 points per game since Week 11, they have had a lot of trouble with scoring. The Cardinals will be up against some tough defenses in the postseason, most notably the Seahawks and the Lions, both of whom the Cardinals have faced and lost to in the the regular season. Drew Stanton has recorded 20+ attempts in eight games, four of which he has been held scoreless.
2.) The Rams Cannot Win When Their Running Game Fails To Succeed
In games that Tre Mason has ran for 65 yards or more, the Rams are 5-0, but they are 0-5 in games that he has ran for less, excluding the first five weeks of the season in which Mason was inactive. The reason that the Rams have done so well when Mason has succeeded is that has taken the pressure off of backups Austin Davis and Shaun Hill. Both quarterbacks are capable of leading offenses, but not carrying them.
3.) The NFC West Is Still One Of The Toughest Divisions In Football
In terms of defense, there is little question that this division is the best. The Rams are the lone NFC West team that ranks outside the top 10 in points allowed, while the Cardinals are the only one that ranks outside of the top 10 in yards. As a whole the NFC West is allowing 19 points and 318 yards per game. The Rams, who were trending upwards prior to their loss to the Cardinals, remain the only team below .500, and the division is 25-13 (.66) against non-divisional opponents.