St. Louis Rams
Two defensive-minded teams with sub-par quarterbacks produced the lowest-scoring game of the season last night. The Arizona Cardinals improved to 11-3 without scoring a touchdown, winning in St. Louis 12-6.
The Rams have been especially strong, as they are coming off back-to-back shutouts. While three in a row does not look likely, they could very well hold the visitor to less than two touchdowns.
The St. Louis Rams aren’t necessarily out of the playoff race, but one more loss could get them to that point. The Arizona Cardinals have struggled a little since Carson Palmer went down with a season-ending injury. Now, the two NFC West teams are going to battle it out on “Thursday Night Football” and CBS Sports’ Dan Fouts talked about how important the game is for both.
A win Thursday could put Arizona in the playoffs for the first time in five seasons; the simplest combination involves Dallas and Philadelphia not tying.
Will Demaryius Thomas, who tweaked his ankle in practice on Thursday, play Sunday when the Denver Broncos host the Buffalo Bills? “Absolutely. He’s OK,” Broncos safety Moore said on Thursday Night Blitz.
C.J. Anderson of the Denver Broncos and Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants should be on the radar of every fantasy football owner right now.
The availability of Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who suffered a concussion two weeks ago in St. Louis, was in question all last week. But he started and shined against the Miami Dolphins.
The Denver Broncos’ offense, stumbling after two routs in three games including what some players dubbed an “embarrassing” loss to the St. Louis Rams, bounced back with a 39-36 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
Injuries to key players? Check. Three consecutive road games? Yep. Shakeups to the offensive line? Sure. Excuses? No way.
By midweek, teams have seen the film, made the corrections and installed the new game plan. All of that did nothing to ease John Fox’s irritability or Peyton Manning’s sense of culpability Wednesday.