Prediction: Arizona Cardinals at Rams
Kurt Warner (Getty)
Kurt Warner (Getty)

Posted Nov 20, 2009

How are the cards stacked up for the Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams matchup? Find out the keys to the game, prediction and need to knows before Sunday....

Arizona Cardinals (6-3) at St. Louis Rams (1-8) ==================================================

KICKOFF: Sunday, 4:05 ET
GAMEDATE: 11/22/09
SURFACE: FieldTurf
TV: FOX (Ron Pitts, John Lynch)
PREDICTION: Cardinals 31-17

KEYS TO THE GAME: The Rams are coming off a season-high 23 points last Sunday. Problem is, the Cardinals haven't scored fewer than 24 all year. And with rookie RB Beanie Wells providing a physical running presence, the Cardinals bring a balance of playmakers the Rams will have difficulty coping with. Defensively, Arizona's run defense has leveled off after a blazing start. The Rams will lean on RB Steven Jackson early and hope they can sustain drives, control the clock and set up play-action against an Arizona secondary that does suffer lapses in the deep passing game (32 completions of 20-plus yards).

Need to know: The Cardinals are 4-0 and winning by an average of 16.3 points on the road. ... The Rams have a nine-game home losing streak.

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