On Sunday, the Los Angeles Rams claimed a gritty 17-13 victory in Arizona over the Cardinals to record their third straight win and move to 3-1 on the season and keep pace with the Seattle Seahawks, who the Rams beat earlier in the season.
Rams wide receiver Brian Quick played hero for the day, as the 27-year-old scored the opening touchdown of the contest only 2:11 into the game, before grabbing the game-winning touchdown with only 2:36 remaining on the clock. Quick only had two receptions on the day, but the former Appalachian State Mountaineer made the most of his completions.
The Rams continued to rely heavily on their defense for the third straight week, and LA claimed three interceptions on the day, to go along with three sacks. In addition, the defensive line, which is nicknamed the "Mob Squad," pressed Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer throughout the day until the former USC quarterback left the game due to a suspected concussion. LA's defense also forced two fumbled on the day.
In the head-to-head matchup of quarterbacks, Case Keenum threw for 266 yards and two touchdowns, with no intercepions, compared to Palmer's 288 yards with one interception and one pick. Limiting mistakes at the quarterback position is the motto for the Rams, so coach Jeff Fisher had to be pleased with Keenum's performance.
Rams' All-Pro running back Todd Gurley continued to struggle for the fourth week in a row, as the 2015 Offensive Rookie of the Year finished with only 33 yards on 19 carries. Gurley did catch five balls for 48 yards, so the Rams managed to use their halfback despite the defense putting extra men in the box.
After Palmer went down with the suspected concussion, Cardinals backup quarterback Drew Stanton stepped in to try and mount a comeback but managed to only complete four of 11 attempts with two interceptions mixed in.
Next, the Rams return to the LA Coliseum to face the Buffalo Bills on Oct. 9.