Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/2/12

The 4-0 Arizona Cardinals will look to remain undefeated as they head to St. Louis to take on the 2-2 Rams Thursday night.

The Cardinals are coming off a thrilling 24-21 OT win at home against the Dolphins, and are one of only three remaining unbeaten teams.

Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb threw for 324 yards and three touchdowns, and will look to continue that success versus a St. Louis defense that allows an average of 238 yards a game through the air.

The Rams are also coming off a strong victory of their own, in which they knocked off the Seattle Seahawks at home by a score of 19-13.

The Rams' defense intercepted Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson three times, and added FG's of 58 and 60 yards by rookie kicker Greg Zuerlein to pull off the upset. Rams quarterback Sam Bradford may have a hard time passing this week, as the Cardinals rank 9th in the league in passing defense.

Here are three things that may surprise you in this week's Thursday night match up...

Stephen Jackson will rush for over 100 yards for the first time all season.

Veteran Rams running back Stephen Jackson has not rushed for more than 58 yards in any game all season. The Cardinals' run defense comes into the game allowing a whopping 106 yards per game.

Jackson is way too talented of a running back to continue struggling and will look to get back on track this week. Given the Cardinals' strength versus the pass, Bradford will have no choice but to hand the ball off early and often to Jackson.

Cardinals running back Ryan Williams will also rush for 100 yards for the first time all season.

Williams hasn't been given more than 13 carries in any game this year. The main reason for this is because he has been splitting duties with running back Beanie Wells.

Wells was just placed on I.R. and won't be eligible to return until Week 12, giving Williams a full workload versus a Rams run defense that gives up 120 yards a game on the ground. Williams rushed for 83 yards on only 13 carries in Week 3 against a stout Eagles run defense, and will have similar success this week versus the Rams.

The Rams will be the first team to defeat the Cardinals.

The Rams are coming off a victory versus a tough Seattle team, so it isn't like they aren't capable of pulling off another upset. The Rams are a home underdog, playing in a nationally televised game on Thursday night.

The Edward Jones Dome will be rocking in St. Louis, and the fans will give the Rams the motivation they need to pull off the upset.

This will be another close one for the Cardinals, as three of their four wins have been decided by a total of nine points, however they will be on the losing end of this one by a score of 21-17.



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