NFL Sunday Week 13: Arizona Cardinals vs Los Angeles Rams Prediction and Analysis

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December 5, 2020 7:43 am

After a positive start to the season, it is fair to say that Kyler Murray and Arizona Cardinals have been average over the last couple of weeks.

They remain winless in their last 2 league outings. They are 3rd in the NFC West Division table with a 6-5 record and are in dire need of a morale-boosting win.

Meanwhile, fellow divisional rivals Los Angeles Rams are on a 7-4 record and second in the NFC West table. They too suffered a defeat in their last NFL game against Kyle Shanahan’s San Francisco 49ers.

Here’s a detailed look at both teams, along with injury updates and Week 13 Game Day predictions.

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Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray looking to get back to winning ways

Second-year quarterback Kyler Murray was making waves this season after a strong start to the season. But after back-to-back losses against the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots, Murray and the Cardinals find themselves in a tough spot heading into Week 13.

Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury will need his star attacking trio of Murray, DeAndre Hopkins, and Larry Fitzgerald to step up the ante and lead by example on Sunday. Jordan Hicks, Isaiah Simmons, and Budda Baker will need to put in a spirited display to stop the efficient Rams.

Los Angeles Rams pushing for NFC West top spot

Head Coach Sean McVay has done a fantastic job with the Rams in 2020. They are on a 7-4 record and are challenging the Seahawks for a top spot in the division.

But they will be disappointed after last week’s unforeseen loss to the 49ers. Quarterback Jared Goff was subjected to major criticism after last week’s sub-par display.

He will expect support from his star offensive supporting cast of Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods. RB Cam Akers will also need to put in a convincing display in order to breach the Cardinals defense.

Coach McVay will particularly miss the presence of OLB Terrell Davis. He will rely on his defensive stars, Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey, to thwart the Cardinals attack.

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NFL Preview: Arizona Cardinals vs Los Angeles Rams Injury Updates

Arizona – Out

S Jalen Thompson – Ankle

Questionable

DL Angelo Blackson – Illness

DL Rashard Lawrence – Calf

S Charles Washington – Groin

Los Angeles – Out

OLB Terell Lewis – Knee

Questionable

DL Sebastian Joseph-Day – Hip

OL Brian Allen – Knee

Cardinals vs Rams Prediction

Arizona Cardinals 33 –  29 Los Angeles Rams

Nov 29, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) signals at the line of scrimmage against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

This game is going to go be a close one to call. Both these teams have shown signs of promise throughout this season. However, they’ve both lacked consistency.

But we expect the Cardinals to pull off a narrow win on Sunday at the University of Phoenix Arena in front of home fans. But Aaron Donald and Co. are more than capable of putting a stop to Kyler Murray.

Either way, this NFC West blockbuster clash is too good to miss!

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Daniel Arambur

Daniel Arambur is an NFL journalist for EssentiallySports who is an admirer of the old guard in Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. He believes the latter has one more Super Bowl left in him before he bows out for good. Daniel bills Patrick Mahomes as one of the best up-and-coming quarterbacks in the league.

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