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WEEK 13
2010
HOU at PHI *CHI at DET *CLE at MIA *DAL at IND
*JAC at TEN *ATL at TB *SF at GB *CAR at SEA
DEN at KC NO at CIN *OAK at SD *PIT at BAL
*Updated WAS at NYG *BUF at MIN STL at ARI NYJ at NE

Prediction: STL 27, ARI 16

This is a rematch of week one when the Cardinals won 17-13 in St. Louis back when we thought the Cards might still be kind of good and the Rams would just continue to be bad. By now the Cardinals are on a five game losing streak with no sign of letup and the Rams are tied for the top of the division. Granted it is only at 5-6 and the Cardinals are still mathematically alive at 3-7. The Cards last three games were all losses by 18+ points.

St. Louis Rams (5-6)
Homefield: Edward Jones Dome
FieldTurf
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 ARI L 13-17 10 @SF L 20-23
2 @OAK L 14-16 11 ATL L 17-34
3 WAS W 30-16 12 @DEN W 36-33
4 SEA W 20-3 13 @ARI --
5 @DET L 6-44 14 @NO --
6 SD W 20-17 15 KC --
7 @TB L 17-18 16 SF --
8 CAR W 20-10 17 @SEA --
9 Bye - - - -
Rams Report | Statistics | Roster
ST. LOUIS at ARI Rush Catch Pass
QB Sam Bradford - - 250,2
RB Steven Jackson 90,1 20 -
TE Daniel Fells - 20 -
WR Laurent Robinson - 50 -
WR Danny Amendola - 50,1 -
WR Brandon Gibson - 30 -
WR Danario Alexander - 60,1 -
PK Josh Brown 2 FG 3 XP -
Pregame Notes: Big win in Denver last week helps keep playoff hopes alive and it will likely come down to the week 17 game in Seattle. But there are several tough matches ahead before then and facing the Saints and Chiefs are no treat. What has also become worrisome as of late is a defense that has been allowing over 30 points to opponents. That's not going to fly against NO and KC.

QUARTERBACK: Sam Bradford has taken every offensive snap so far and scored in all but one game. He passed for 253 yards and one score in his first ever NFL game that was against these Cardinals and improved as he went. Bradford now has 17 touchdowns on the season and only nine interceptions. And in the last six games has been just one single interception. He is playing nearly error free and making a motley crew of receivers more than serviceable.

Everyone scores in Arizona at least once or more and the yardage tends to be over 250 yards in nearly all cases. Expect a better showing this time with the same yardage but two scores and maybe no interceptions instead of the three he had in that first game.

RUNNING BACKS: Steven Jackson only gained 81 yards on 22 carries in that season opener against the Cards but he heads to Arizona where the last three visitors all had two rushing touchdowns and good yardage. The Cardinals are on a downturn and Jackson should get significant carries in this game to control the clock. He has only scored in three games this year but look for this one to be his fourth. If he doesn't score twice, the Rams will be the first team in a month that did not.

WIDE RECEIVERS: Danario Alexander only was on the field for about a third of the plays last week but was the lead receiver with 95 yards on four receptions for the second best showing by a Rams wideout this year. Alexander is being limited to reduce his risk of injury but he's been the only difference maker to show up since Mark Clayton left. The only problem is that he cannot stay healthy and is playing on surgically repaired knees which is why he wasn't drafted in the first place. Brandon Gibson has been less used in recent weeks and still has just two touchdowns on the year. Danny Amendola is the biggest scorer with three touchdowns and he offers the best consistency of all wideouts. Laurent Robinson has been stepping up lately as well with two games of around 60 yards each.

Mark Clayton had the best game of the year in the season opener when he gained 119 yards on ten catches against the Cardinals in Bradford's first game.

Chances are both passing scores end up with this unit but one could end up with a tight end. It is still a crap shoot which wideout will succeed in a given week.

TIGHT ENDS: Michael Hoomanawanui has been diagnosed with a high ankle sprain and will miss 4-6 weeks. That leaves Daniel Fells and Billy Bajema to take the reins and while Bajema had two scores last week, it is more likely Fells who will inherit the role from Hoomanawanui. Bajema only had eight catches leading up to last week while Fells had 38.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points STL 23 27 21 13 15 23
Preventing Fantasy Points ARI 19 32 24 22 32 30
Advantage(+) or Disadvantage(-) STL -4 5 3 9 17 7


Arizona Cardinals (3-8)
Homefield: University of Phoenix Stadium
Grass
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 @STL W 17-13 10 SEA L 18-36
2 @ATL L 7-41 11 @KC L 13-31
3 OAK W 24-23 12 SF L 6-27
4 @SD L 10-41 13 STL -
5 NO W 30-20 14 DEN -
6 Bye - 15 @CAR -
7 @SEA L 10-22 16 DAL -
8 TB L 35-38 17 @SF -
9 @MIN L 24-27 - - -
Cardinals Report | Statistics | Roster
ARIZONA vs STL Rush Catch Pass
QB Derek Anderson - - 230,1
RB Beanie Wells 30 - -
RB Tim Hightower 20 20 -
WR Larry Fitzgerald - 80,1 -
WR Steve Breaston - 80 -
WR Early Doucet - 20 -
PK Jay Feely 3 FG 1 XP -

Pregame Notes: The losing streak is up to six games and could very easily reach 11 by the end of the season. While HC Ken Whisenhunt may take the brunt of a horrible season, it is hardly his fault. The Cardinals lost Kurt Warner and Anquan Boldin with no replacements as well as a couple of key defensive players. The deck was stacked against the Cardinals from the start and it doesn't help that the rushing game has been nearly nonexistent. The Cardinals are not even being competitive now and that is a very bad sign.

QUARTERBACK: HC Ken Whisenhunt confirmed that he is sticking with Derek Anderson as his starting quarterback since he "gives them the best chance to win" which is a pretty sad indictment of a team that just lost a Pro Bowl and possibly Hall of Fame quarterback and this is the best they have.

Anderson threw for 297 yards and one score in St. Louis during the season opener and he has only once done anything similar. He has just seven passing scores on the year against eight interceptions and half of his games have been with less than 200 yards. He has thrown for more than one score only once all year.

The Rams usually give up a score and eventually Anderson will find Larry Fitzgerald. Go with one score and marginal yardage.

RUNNING BACKS: This has been a lost year for Beanie Wells who has battled injuries most of the season and although the team would love nothing more than to have him step up and become a workhorse back, it just does not happen. Wells has only carried 83 times for 283 yards in the eight games he has played and averages only 3.4 yards. He's a bust and doesn't even participate as a receiver to give him any shred of value. Tim Hightower has been marginally better even though the Cards want to replace him with a real running back. They just do not have one yet.

The duo will split carries and there is little chance of a touchdown in any given week. Neither player has any real fantasy value.

WIDE RECEIVERS: Larry Fitzgerald has been amazing to have salvaged any fantasy value and yet he has five touchdowns and 70 yards or more in half his games. Of course he gets 10 to 15 target per game and much of what he has done comes when the opposing defense is packing their equipment boxes and warming up the team bus. Steve Breaston has only one score this season but has managed to produce some decent games when at home. In the season opener, Fitzgerald had a score with 43 yards on three catches against the Rams while Breaston had 132 yards on seven catches.

Both Fitzgerald and Breaston are moderate plays this week because they are the only ones likely to catch the ball and do anything with it.

TIGHT ENDS: No fantasy value.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points ARI 31 30 17 30 30 1
Preventing Fantasy Points STL 16 12 21 9 29 8
Advantage(+) or Disadvantage(-) ARI -15 -18 4 -21 -1 7

WEEK 13
2010
HOU at PHI CHI at DET CLE at MIA DAL at IND
JAC at TEN ATL at TB SF at GB CAR at SEA
DEN at KC NO at CIN OAK at SD PIT at BAL
  WAS at NYG BUF at MIN STL at ARI NYJ at NE
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