When last the Cardinals left Odell Beckham Jr., he was not able to hold on to a fourth-down pass by Baker Mayfield when Beckham was hit by cornerback Robert Alford, and even though Beckham had an OK day (five catches for 79 yards) the Cardinals cruised to victory.
But, gosh, a lot has happened since then. And the Cardinals will be seeing OBJ again.
Those pesky Rams, who never seem to let a big name pass without trying to shoehorn him on to the roster, signed Beckham on Thursday, just a week or so after trading for pass rusher Von Miller. Like Miller, the money will likely be secondary in this deal -- Miller had the vast majority of his salary paid by his former team, the Broncos, while Beckham had offsets in his $4-plus million left on his Browns deal when he was cut. It means unless the Rams paid him more than that (they didn't), it won't change what Beckham is making (meaning it's worth it to take the minimum to help his new team since the Browns are paying the rest, and this is how it works under the Rams' tight cap.)
It'll be interesting to see how Beckham fits in the offense, with Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods and Van Jefferson at receiver. Jefferson, the son of Cardinals wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson, feels like he might be the odd man out. Does Beckham get the ball enough to be happy? Will winning be enough? Does it impact the mood of the rest of the room? Or is he such a great addition that the Rams roll?
The Cardinals no doubt will remain confident. They handled the Rams in round one. Round two is now going to be at State Farm Stadium -- Monday Night Football no less -- with (assuming everyone is healthy) a hell of an ESPN matchup on Dec. 13.
The reality is one team is going to be a division winner, the other a wild card. The Cards already knew the Rams would be their biggest challenge. It likely got a bit harder now.