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, Ariz. — When coach Bruce Arians pulled out the film of the
Arizona Cardinals’ 33-0 loss to the Los Angeles Rams back in Week 7, he probably
wished he just would have left it in London, where the teams played at
Twickenham Stadium.

“It should be an embarrassment when you watch the film, the way we played,”
Arians said in preparation for Sunday’s rematch between the Cardinals (5-6) and
the Rams (8-3) at University of Phoenix Stadium.

The Cardinals, who have been swept in the season series by the Rams only once
in the past 13 years, look quite a bit different than they did six weeks
ago.

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Not only are they on their third different starting quarterback in Blaine
Gabbert since losing starter Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton to injuries, but the
oldest team in the league is suddenly leaning on several new, younger faces
across the board.

Rookie Budda Baker has become a starter at strong safety in place of injured
Tyvon Branch. Rookie tight end Ricky Seals-Jones has become a go-to target since
earning regular playing time in place of injured Ifeanyi Momah. Second-year
running back D.J. Foster has slid into the third-down back role in place of
veteran Andre Ellington, who was released.

Rookie wide receivers Chad Williams and Carlton Agudosi have also been asked
to take on expanded roles.

“A lot of new faces Charles
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, a lot more guys on IR,” Arians said. “The win
(last Sunday over the Jacksonville Jaguars), I think, helped obviously. But I
can’t count how many, four or five, guys that were in that (London) game that
are now on IR.”

The Rams, meanwhile, have managed to keep rolling along in their quest for
their first division title since 2003, when they finished 12-4.

Unlike the Cardinals, who are 2-2 since getting blanked by the
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has enjoyed one of the very rare benefits any NFL team can hope for in a season
— none of their starting five offensive linemen have yet to miss a game.

That’s almost unheard of nowadays.

“It really is, and we feel very fortunate about that,” Rams first-year coach
Sean McVay said. “You look at the continuity that they’ve been able to develop
upfront. We’ve got some great veteran leaders, and I think Aaron Kromer is a
great coach. He’s a great teacher.

“They all understand what we’re trying to get done and what we want to get
accomplished. Sometimes it’s luck. Sometimes it’s where they take good care of
themselves.”

Second-year quarterback Jared Goff has flourished in a brand-new system after
looking completely lost at times when he eventually became a starter last season
as a rookie. He ranks sixth in the league in passing yards (2,964) and his
touchdown-to-interception ratio (18 to 5) is among the best in the league.

In his last four games alone, Goff is averaging 311 yards and has thrown nine
touchdowns against one interception.

“He’s got him in a system that he fits,” Arians said, referring to McVay and
Goff. “They do a lot of ‘check with me’ at the line of scrimmage. They don’t
huddle. A lot of that is coming from the sidelines to match him up in the best
play.”

Goff and the Rams’ offense, which ranks second in the league in scoring at
29.9 points per game, delivered once again last week during a 26-20 victory over
the streaking Saints. It was the Rams’ third win in four weeks and helped them
reach eight wins for the first time since 2006.

“We’ve changed a bunch of stuff Daryl
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of confidence,” Goff said. “Our team is playing with a lot of confidence and we
don’t care who lines up against us. We’re going to go out and play our game and
execute to the best of our ability.

“We believe in the defense, the defense believes in us. We all believe in the
special teams and we all believe in each other.”

The Cardinals, who have yet to win back-to-back games this season, have
gotten five touchdown passes the past two weeks from Gabbert. Though he also has
had four turnovers in the same span — all of them in the fourth quarter — he has
played rather well for a former third-stringer who had spent most of this season
running the Cardinals’ scout team.

Set to become an unrestricted free agent after this season, Gabbert has a
chance to become the Cardinals’ full-time starter in 2018 and possibly beyond if
he continues to play well and Palmer decides to retire. Arians said Gabbert has
“a ton” of upside at age 28.

“I just try and get better each and every week,” Gabbert said. “Being so new
into this system, new to this team, it’s still a learning process.”

The Cardinals weren’t sure how their rushing attack would look this week
considering a neck injury suffered by Adrian Peterson, who rushed for 79 yards
on 20 carries in the win over Jacksonville. Peterson needs four rushing yards to
pass Pro Football Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk (12 Mario
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yardage list and 37 yards to pass Hall of Famer Jim Brown (12,312) for 10th
place.

Asked what his running game might look like on Sunday with Peterson and also
Kerwynn Williams (cracked ribs) nicked up, Arians said, “I have no clue. … I’m
not sure who will be available yet.”

The Rams once again will be without wide receiver Robert Woods because of a
shoulder injury. Woods caught eight passes in back-to-back games before getting
hurt.

“He’ll be out again this week, unfortunately,” McVay sa.

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