Thursday Night Preview: Cardinals Vs Rams

The Thursday night NFL matchup pits the surprisingly undefeated Arizona Cardinals against the 2-2 St. Louis Rams.

I bring you my BSO matchups and preview.

King Sam:

Sam Bradford ranks in the bottom half of the league with an 80.1 passer rating, but will be forced to pass, because the Rams have no running game.  Bradford will try and spread the ball around to his favorite target Danny Amendola, and possession receiver Brandon Gibson.  Expect Patrick Peterson to dictate where Bradford goes with the ball, and to possibly get his hands on one.

Steven Jackson:

On the heels of finding out that the Rams have voided the final two years of his deal, where is Jackson’s head at right now, and how will he run.  Jackson is currently battling a nagging groin injury, and you have to ask yourself if Jackson will fully invest himself and his body into the running game with his impending free agency upon him.

Kolb City:

Kevin Kolb is not playing lights out right now, but he’s the starting quarterback on an undefeated team and hasn’t blown it yet.  Kolb actually has a better passer rating than Bradford at this point and time and he needs to continue to not turn the ball over.  Kolb must relax knowing John Skelton is now healthy again, and focus on spreading the ball to Larry Fitzgerald and Andre Roberts, who will have single coverage in every game he plays.

Ryan Williams:

Williams is running with that Virginia Tech vigor again, and running with confidence.  The Rams give up 135 rushing yards a game,  and Williams should be able to find some holes.  He must hold onto the ball and run with force to help wear down that Rams front.

The Cardinal are grooving right now and getting to 5-0 would get them closer to a playoff spot.   Kolb is confident right now, the defense is playing lights out, and they are playing for each other.

The Rams are home and learning how to win under Jeff fisher.  I’m interested in seeing how the Rams respond after learning that the face of their franchise for so many years, will be moving on.