St. Louis Rams vs. Arizona Cardinals Free Pick - 9/8/13
Arizona Cardinals (0-0) at St. Louis Rams (0-0)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 4:25 pm (Edward Jones Dome)
The Line: St. Louis Rams -4 -- Over/Under: 40.5 See the Latest Odds
The Edward Jones Dome wil be rocking when the St Louis Rams host the Arizona Cardinals.
The Cardinals looked as if they might have something going last season with a 4-0 start but the rest of the season was a disaster with the offense unable to move the ball and find the end zone. The offense might be rejuvenated with Carson Palmer under center or it cold be the other way around for the veteran signal caller. Perhaps the biggest benefit to having Palmer under center is Larry Fitzgerald (71-798) will break the 1,000 yard barrier which if true, Andre Roberts (64-759) and Michael Floyd (45-562) will see increased production. Any thing the rushing attack does has to be considered an improvement because the Cardinals couldn't run the ball at all a year ago. Rashard Mendenhall is banged up but hopefully gives the ground game some punch but I have to see it. Arizona could play some defense but as we saw after the hot start a season ago, you also have to score points.
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The Rams are trying to get back to their 'Greatest show on turf' days but that is a slow journey and one that might be a bit unrealistic as well. Sam Bradford had a solid rookie campaign with over 3,700 yards and 21 touchdowns so a year of experience under his belt is expected to have a positive effect on his play which means even better numbers or so the theory goes. The receiving corps is better on paper but unprover with Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey expected to give this team plenty of prduction at wide receiver, while Chris Givens is the only guy that has actually done any thing. The bottom line is the passing game has a great upside and the potential for more plays down field which wasn't part of the Rams makeup a season ago. The rushing attack is a mystery with Steven Jackson gone, leaving Dary Richardson as the most experienced runner. Despite the potential of the offense, the defensive side of the football is solid with a line that can play the run and wreak some havoc in the back field with the secondary probably being the focus with opposing teams attacking through the air.
I have to see the Cardinals offense to determine if they are as hyped which makes my pick a bit of a stretch because I'm banking for some points from both sides to take down the over. I might take a side as the game nears so stay tuned...