Bottom 5 Passing Matchups Week 17

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Arizona at LA Rams

The Cardinals offense opened the season with such high hopes, only to see many of them dashed on the rocks of injuries and a scheme that’s still working out its kinks. It certainly doesn’t help to have Kyler Murray fighting off repeated injuries: still pushing through shoulder troubles, Murray injured his leg on the Cardinals’ final play last week. It would be stunning to see him sit out in this must-win divisional matchup, but effectiveness is a real concern. Murray has produced a weak 6.4 yards per attempt over the past 6 weeks, with one touchdown or less in half of those. DeAndre Hopkins has been a tremendous addition to this offense, though the Cardinals are still working out the best ways to deploy him (and the other weapons). Hopkins has been held below 55 yards in four of his last six games, with only 2 of his 44 receptions going for scores. Unless Murray and company can unlock this dominant Rams defense in time, they’re in for another long Sunday. When these teams faced off four weeks ago, Murray needed 39 throws to churn out just 173 yards.

The Rams continue to smother opposing pass games on a league-best level. Only one opposing passer has topped 270 yards in this matchup: Josh Allen, all the way back in Week 3. Since that game, opponents have put up just 199 yards-per-game average with just 0.9 touchdowns. Last week it was Russell Wilson getting shut down by the Rams, but they’ve also stifled the likes of Tom Brady (4.5 yards per attempt) and Kyler Murray (4.4) in recent matchups. There’s very little answer for how to attack this star-studded unit, which is tough both up front and on the back end. The NFL has yet to learn what to do with Aaron Donald; he remains the game’s most dominant interior rusher and a threat to any drop back. He, Michael Brockers, and Leonard Floyd make a huge impact on behalf of the secondary, which can pin its ears back and attack the ball aggressively. Jalen Ramsey remains the prototypical shadow cornerback, suffocating in coverage but willing and able to make splash plays. And the team has to love the progress of rookie safety Jordan Fuller, who alters a few downfield throws every week. With no real weak -spots and a proactive mindset, this is never a fun unit to target. Just about any opponent’s projection scales down notably against the Rams, and the banged-up Cardinals are no exception.

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