A glance at the top storylines for the Cardinals-Rams game Sunday at the Los Angeles Coliseum:
Streaking Palmer goes back to school
Misery for Goff, and a secondary less tested?
Rookie quarterback Jared Goff wasn’t playing yet when the Cards faced the Rams the first time. Goff has struggled as expected, and the Cards are coming off a game in which they faced a much better quarterback but a similarly poor offensive line. There’s no reason
The greatest season by a running back in Cardinals’ history – arguable, yes, but I believe it to be true – is coming to a close. David Johnson has a game left to add to his franchise record 20 touchdowns, his franchise record 2,074 yards from scrimmage, and a slim chance to be a 1,000-yard receiver (he needs 159 yards, so yes, it’s hard to see happening). If he gets 100 scrimmage yards, he’ll be the only player ever to reach that total all 16 games in a season – and he’ll have a shot at Marcus Allen’s overall 17-game streak going into 2017. Heck, even if Johnson doesn’t score a TD Sunday, he will go into his third NFL season with more touchdowns (33) than games played (32 counting Sunday). That’s amazing.
Holding up, again, on the offensive line
Saying goodbye to a season unexpected
The season wasn’t supposed to be over on January 1. New Year’s Day was supposed to be the jumping-off point for the postseason, where the Cardinals would try and take that elusive final step to the Super Bowl. Instead, there is no postseason, just a game in which to close out a disappointing year (Damn you, 2016!) But the Cardinals are coming off a big win in Seattle, and if they can avenge an early-season loss to the Rams, the feelings won’t be quite as ugly heading into the offseason.