Preview: Rams Look To Close Out Season Strong Against Arizona Cardinals

Preview: Rams Look To Close Out Season Strong Against Arizona Cardinals

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Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Rams close out their season Sunday afternoon as they host the Arizona Cardinals at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

Los Angeles comes into the game on a six-game losing streak, but they did beat the Cardinals 17-13 earlier this season in Arizona.

Sunday is rookie quarterback Jared Goff’s last opportunity to head into the offseason on a high note, as he has greatly underwhelmed so far this season. In six starts this season Goff has completed 53.5 percent of his passes for 969 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Running back Todd Gurley has an opportunity to get to 1,000 yards rushing on the season, although it would take a big game for him to get that. Gurley has 845 rushing yards and six touchdowns on the season while averaging just 3.2 yards per carry. He has not rushed for 100 yards in a game in over a year.

The Cardinals, on the other hand, have one of the best running backs in the league in David Johnson. He has 100 yards or more from scrimmage in every game this season, something no other running back in the league can say. Johnson leads the league in scrimmage yards and touchdowns as he has rushed for 1,233 yards and 16 touchdowns, in addition to catching 77 passes for 841 yards and four touchdowns.

Johnson makes things easier for veteran quarterback Carson Palmer, who is having another solid season for Arizona. The 37-year-old has completed 61.5 percent of his passes for 3,978 yards to go along with 23 touchdowns passes and 13 interceptions. This will be Palmer’s first game at the Coliseum since 2003 when he played for USC.

Los Angeles will be without its top receiver Kenny Britt on Sunday as he misses the game with a shoulder injury. Britt had career highs this season in both receptions and yards as he caught 68 passes for 1,002 yards and five touchdowns.

The Rams will also be without cornerback Lamarcus Joyner and defensive end Matt Longacre to close out the season.

Sunday’s game is slated to start at 1:25 p.m. Pacific time and will be televised locally on Fox.