With operating again Todd Gurley sidelined by a knee damage on Sunday, new Los Angeles Rams signee C.J. Anderson stuffed in admirably in his group’s dominating 31-9 win over the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., on Sunday.
Anderson, the previous Denver Broncos operating again who signed on Tuesday, had one of many Rams’ three dashing touchdowns within the recreation. Wideout Robert Woods and quarterback Jared Goff ran for the others within the first half.
The Rams, who led 21-9 by halftime, set the tone early placing up 21 first downs within the first half, gaining 139 yards dashing on 22 carries on the bottom.
Anderson completed carrying the ball 20 instances for 167 yards and a landing. The Cardinals allowed 269 dashing yards within the recreation, a season-worst.
“The run protection was simply horrendous,” Arizona coach Steve Wilks mentioned.
Anderson has been launched 3 times this yr — by the Broncos in April, the Carolina Panthers in November and the Oakland Raiders 12 days in the past — however he appeared like he was in high kind with the Rams in opposition to the Cardinals.
“When you watch the tape, that was nothing totally different than my recreation from what I’ve executed loads of instances,” Anderson mentioned. “The large boys performed actually nice up entrance. Clearly I get nothing going if it wasn’t for them. That is been my recreation since I have been in (the league) for six years. When you ever paid consideration to any soccer with C.J. Anderson in it, you would not be stunned in any respect.”
Los Angeles (12-Three) held on to the second-best document within the NFC with one recreation to go. The Cardinals (Three-12) completed 1-7 at dwelling, their worst document since they moved to Arizona in 1988. A loss of their season finale at Seattle would go away them Three-13, matching the worst document since transferring from St. Louis.
The Rams might be again at dwelling to finish the common season Sunday in opposition to the 49ers.
Los Angeles backup operating again John Kelly added 10 carries for 40 yards whereas vast receiver Brandin Cooks (27 yards), tight finish Gerald Everett (16 yards) and Woods (15 yards with the landing) have been used successfully on fly sweeps.
“We have got to do a greater job,” Arizona defensive deal with Corey Peters mentioned. “No ifs, ands, buts about it.”
The Rams have been simply as dominant within the second half, sustaining possession a majority of the half.
That was largely due to defensive deal with Aaron Donald, who broke two data together with his Three.zero sacks on quarterback Josh Rosen. Donald set the league’s single-season document for sacks by a defensive deal with, then broke the general franchise single-season sack document. He now has 19.5 sacks.
Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald, maybe enjoying his final recreation with the Cardinals after spending 15 years with the franchise, dazzled the group with a 32-yard landing move to operating again David Johnson on a double-pass play. Placekicker Zane Gonzalez missed the additional level, holding the Rams’ lead at 14-9.
The Rams put collectively one other methodical drive on their ensuing possession, with L.A. changing a pair of third-down probabilities with an 18-yard move from Goff to Cooks, and a two-yard jet sweep by Cooks on Third-and-1.
Anderson topped off the 12-play, 75-yard drive with a four-yard landing — his first dashing TD of this season — to present the Rams a 21-9 lead.
Los Angeles started the second half on protection, forcing a punt after defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh recorded a sack and batted a third-down move by Josh Rosen.
After the Rams went up 24-9, Anderson broke off a 46-yard run to place the Rams on the Cardinals’ 49. A pair performs later, Woods caught a 39-yard landing to present Los Angeles a 31-9 lead. Woods additionally turned simply the fourth participant in NFL historical past with 14 straight video games with at the very least 60 receiving yards inside a single season on the reception.
Rosen left the sport within the fourth quarter, the second straight recreation he was pressured to go away due to subpar play. He completed 12-of-23 for 87 yards with out a landing or an interception.
“It is irritating, however it’s my fault,” Rosen mentioned of his early exit.
Goff, in the meantime, accomplished 19 of 24 passes for 216 yards and a landing, a great bounce-back efficiency after struggling final week in a loss at dwelling to the Philadelphia Eagles.
“He has nice command,” Rams coach Sean McVay mentioned of Goff. “I believed he did a wonderful job commanding the run recreation, did a great job recognizing protection, getting the ball the place it was imagined to go after we did resolve to throw it.”