This is without a doubt one of the biggest games of Kingsbury’s tenure with the Cardinals. In a division that is stacked, his time to win is right now. Why would a week 4 division game be so important? Since Sean McVay was hired by the Rams at the age of 31 he has completely destroyed the soul of all Cardinals fans. This division rivalry has been anything but competitive the past 4 years but this year the Cardinals are off to a hot start with a total game-changer in Kyler Murray. This one is going to come down to the Trenches. Can JJ Watt and Chandler Jones cause enough havoc in the backfield to slow down the Rams offense? Or will Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey blow up the Cards offense?
The last 8 games between the McVay coached Rams and the Cardinals have been nothing short of a disaster for the Cards. McVay has shut out the Cardinals twice and have averaged 31 points per game while allowing 11 points per game to the Cards. This is absolute dominance. This season the Rams are more loaded on offense. McVay’s dominant defense is led by 4 x Defensive Player of the Year and the best corner in the game. Moving to the Cardinals, who are no slouch this season and are led by the early favorite to win the MVP, Kyler Murray.
The Cardinals made big pickups this offseason by obtaining 3 x Pro-Bowl Center, Rodney Hudson from the Raiders, JJ Watt, and AJ Green, who looks rejuvenated in Kingsbury’s offense. Christian Kirk is able to move into the slot, his natural spot on a football field. His numbers reflect how comfortable he is this year going back to the slot. The biggest hole on the Cardinals roster comes at the CB position, only because of the lack of depth at the position. They’ll have to show up for the Cards to have any chance against Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, and Desean Jackson. Yes, I said Desean Jackson and he might even be faster than he was in his prime.