Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/5/12

The Rams were able to beat the Cardinals as I predicted! It's something that hasn't happened since Marshall Faulk was playing for the Rams.

The Cardinals had more time and more first downs then the Rams, but the Rams were able to keep the Cardinals from scoring.

It was a 17-3 win but it was still an ugly win since there were some injuries including Danny Amendola.

The Rams Need More Yardage

The Rams had 242 total net yards while the Cardinals had 282 yards.

This has been the norm for the Rams throughout the season. In fact, the only time when the Rams had more yards then their opponents this season was when they beat the Redskins.

The Rams need to learn how to get more yardage if they're going to get better. The Rams seem to be lessening the gap between their opponents which is a good thing.

The other good news is that the Rams really seem to know what to do with the yards that they're able to get.

Sam Bradford Is Improving

Once again Sam Bradford had an interception during the game. He had a 51-yard pass to Chris Givens during the fourth quarter for a touchdown. He also had a touchdown connection with Lance Kendricks during the beginning of the game.

Sam also did struggle but it was to be expected since he was up against an undefeated team. Sam has shown a lot of growth and improvement during the season. He also seems to finally have come out of his funk as well and had a great drive during the start of the game.

Cardinals Have Problems Protecting Their Quarterback

Kevin Kolb was sacked nine times during the game mainly by Chris Long and Robert Quinn. He even got his helmet knocked off twice. The Cardinals don't have a good run-blocking unit and suffered against Miami as well.

The Cardinals are also running out of healthy running backs. It also doesn't help that the Cardinals don't have a good offensive line and that most of their opponents have a very good defense. It's very possible that the Cardinals will replace Kolb with John Skelton again.

It looks like there's a quarterback controversy brewing in Arizona. The Seahawks had trouble protecting their quarterback too. Could it be that the opponents have trouble protecting their quarterback against the Rams?

Rams Are Great When Starting or Scoring First

It fairs well for the Rams to get the ball first in the game. When the Rams get the ball first they have a better chance of getting their game started.

It''s a lot harder for the Rams to get a game going if their opponent has already got a game going. The Rams also tend to do better in the game if they end up with the first points of the game.

The Rams Are Helped By Positivity

Coach Fisher believes in the Rams. That's why he decided to coach for the Rams. This belief has trickled down to the players and translated into three wins already this season.

"This feels good," said running back Steven Jackson after the game. "We're building something good here. We want to be a tough home team, and now we have to learn how to win on the road."

Said Cortland Finnegan, "What we have in the secondary and feeding off each other has got the makings of something special."''We believe in ourselves.''

Robert Quinn said, "We believe we can be one of the great defenses. When there was a play to be made, we made it.

''Those guys played outstanding,'' Sam Bradford also said about the defense. ''They've played great all year and they have kept us in a lot of games.''

The Rams now have to find a way to stay positive after losing Danny Amendola to a collarbone injury.



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