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Week 13 Game Recap: Los Angeles Rams 34, Arizona Cardinals 7

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Los Angeles Rams

After a forgettable three-game stretch of offensive play, the Rams got well in Arizona with a blowout win and the offense churning out yards and scoring drives regularly. Jared Goff was out by the mid-fourth quarter with a huge lead and Todd Gurley produced a strong game on a dominant market share of the backfield until garbage time. Robert Woods and Tyler Higbee (Gerald Everett was inactive) were peppered with targets in the first half. Despite more than 500 yards of offense, Brandin Cooks was notably quiet.

Arizona Cardinals

Arizona had a forgettable performance against the Rams coming out of their bye week. Kyler Murray for one of the few times this season looked like a rookie quarterback, absorbing a number of sacks and throwing several turnover-worthy passes. The entire offense lacked any rhythm of successful plays to sustain drives. Kenyan Drake was the lead back with David Johnson deep in relief with sparse touches. Christian Kirk did not find the box score until the fourth quarter in the lost game for the entire offense outside of a rushing score for Kyler Murray and a ho-hum performance by Larry Fitzgerald.

Los Angeles Rams

QB Jared Goff, 72 offensive snaps, Pass: 32 - 43 - 424 - 2 TD / 0 INT
After zero touchdowns over the past three games of tough matchups, Goff and the Rams passing game got their groove back in Arizona. Goff was well-protected, and the Rams’ quick game was firing on all cylinders. One of Goff’s few drop backs with pressure resulted in a strike to Robert Woods while rolling left. Goff delivered key throws to Cooper Kupp for a deep out touchdown, a deep middle route to Josh Reynolds, and a full extension grab to Tyler Higbee of note. Seattle is another exploitable matchup next week for the Rams to stay hot.

RB Todd Gurley, 54 offensive snaps, Rush: 19 - 95 - 1, Rec: 1 - 20 - 0 (1 targets)
Gurley dominated the backfield for the Rams until clear garbage time in the blowout win over the Cardinals. Gurley saw at least 20 touches for the second time all season, both coming over the past three games. Gurley showed good burst and the Rams offensive line consistently paved the way for Gurley to get to the second level. Gurley’s best string of plays came on a quality red zone run, followed by a strong goal line score. Gurley added another touchdown, but it was called back by penalty. Gurley had only one reception, easy yardage on a swing pass with another reception negated by penalty. Gurley has still not been used much in the passing game this season even in his better games, including this one.

WR Robert Woods, 67 offensive snaps, Rec: 13 - 172 - 0 (19 targets)
Woods saw an unreal 19 targets in the Rams’ blowout win over Arizona. Woods had more than half of his receptions in the first quarter alone with several screen passes littered throughout his performance. Woods was notably stuffed on two third-down screens, including one in the red zone and later for a big loss off a tipped pass. Beyond the quick game, Woods added a high point reception and a diving catch amidst his career day. Quizzically, Woods has yet to find the end zone through the air this season despite a quality 64-835 stat line and pushing for a 1,000-yard campaign.

WR Cooper Kupp, 57 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 65 - 1 (6 targets)
Kupp made the most of his tepid six targets despite the Rams throwing for more than 400 yards in the blowout win over Arizona. Kupp added a deep out touchdown in the second half to a chunk deep over route reception for more than 25 yards in the first half of his notable plays. Robert Woods enjoyed a career day, overshadowing the typically high volume Kupp. Seattle offers another quality matchup for Kupp and the Rams passing game next week.

WR Brandin Cooks, 61 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 24 - 0 (2 targets)
Despite the Rams exploding on offense in the blowout win over the Cardinals, Cooks was a non-factor as Robert Woods and Tyler Higbee rolled up career days. Cooks did not find the box score until late in the third quarter, coming wide open on a crossing route with speed for 25 yards and a chunk after the catch. Cooks was also stuffed on a screen. Cooks has not found the end zone since Week 2 and as been a non-factor in back-to-back games since returning from a concussion. Seattle offers another get well matchup for Cooks in Week 14.

TE Tyler Higbee, 72 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 107 - 1 (8 targets)
Higbee drew the start and the opportunity to monopolize tight end targets with Gerald Everett out against Arizona. Higbee took full advantage with a career day, surpassing 100 yards and his first touchdown since Week 1. Higbee had a great connection with Jared Goff as Higbee corralled a deep out strike with full extension for 20 yards and showing chemistry beyond structure on multiple occasions. Higbee added two other chunk gains in the first 20 minutes of the game alone and nearly all of his production game in the first half as the Rams cruised to the win in the second half.

Arizona Cardinals

QB Kyler Murray, 64 offensive snaps, Pass: 19 - 34 - 163 - 0 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 4 - 28 - 1
Murray was stifled against the suddenly inspired Rams defense in the home blowout loss. The first half was marred by consistent sacks to end drives as quickly as they started, and Murray had four potential interceptions with only his pick-six iteration counting in the box score. One was negated by a penalty, another was dropped by a defender, and another overturned by a defensive pass interference via review. Murray did add a rushing touchdown, showing speed to the edge in an otherwise muted offensive showing for the Cardinals. The schedule remains salty with the Steelers and Browns the next two weeks.

RB Kenyan Drake, 51 offensive snaps, Rush: 13 - 31 - 0, Rec: 2 - 20 - 0 (5 targets)
Drake was the clear starter against the Rams with David Johnson firmly the secondary option. The game script turned negative in a hurry in the blowout loss. Drake’s two positive plays were a nice move on a screen pass for 15 yards and converting fourth-and-short with a power run. Drake was held in check and added a drop on his own accord.

RB David Johnson, 15 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 15 - 0, Rec: 2 - 9 - 0 (2 targets)
Johnson played behind Kenyan Drake yet again and struggled – along with the rest of the offense – against the Rams. Johnson had two non-descript receivers, one as a split out receiver, buried in the second half of the blowout loss.

WR Larry Fitzgerald, 59 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 56 - 0 (7 targets)
Fitzgerald was the clear leading receiver for the Cardinals in the blowout loss to the Rams/ Fitzgerald did not get on the board until late in the second quarter and only got loose for a bigger gain once, snaring a pass down the seam for more than 15 yards. The schedule does not ease up with Pittsburgh and Cleveland up next as Arizona looks to rebound from their non-performance in Week 13.

WR Christian Kirk, 61 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 23 - 0 (7 targets)
Despite seeing seven targets, Kirk was nearly shut out against the Rams, finally getting on the stat sheet in the fourth quarter. Kirk logged three non-descript receptions in the final quarter, all held to minimal yardage in arguably Kirk’s worst game of the season. The schedule stays tough for Kirk to rebound with the Steelers and Browns up next.