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NFL Week 3 Game Recap: Los Angeles Rams 20, Arizona Cardinals 12

Glendale, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald (99) rushes against Arizona Cardinals offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum (68) during the first half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Rams’ defense shined in a 20-12 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. The Rams improve to a 2-1 record on the season while the Cardinals fall to 1-2.

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Offensive spotlight: Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray threw for 314 yards, with his former college teammate Marquise Brown accounting for 45% of them. Brown finished with 14 catches on 17 targets for 140 yards. He’s buoying a Cardinals receiving corps that will be without its star DeAndre Hopkins for three more games as he serves his suspension.

Defensive spotlight: Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey showed why many consider him the top corner in the league. On 49 coverage snaps, he allowed three catches on four targets for 14 yards while also forcing two incompletions and two coverage stops. He also had a tackle for loss in the run game.

Rookie spotlight: The only rookie who saw significant snaps in this game was Rams cornerback Derion Kendrick. The sixth-rounder allowed seven catches on 13 targets for 78 yards while also forcing a clutch incompletion on fourth down.

Offensive line spotlight: The Cardinals offensive line kept Murray relatively clean, allowing just seven pressures on 54 pass-blocking snaps. Center Rodney Hudson was especially impressive, with no pressures allowed. The issue was that the line couldn’t get too much push in the run game, finishing with a 38.5 team run-blocking grade on first review.

Box Score

Passing
Los Angeles Rams
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Matthew Stafford 10.2 18 / 25 249 10 0 0
Arizona Cardinals
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Kyler Murray 16.4 37 / 58 314 5.4 0 0
Rushing
Los Angeles Rams
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
Cooper Kupp 16.4 1 20 20.0 1 20
Cam Akers 11.1 12 61 5.1 1 14
Matthew Stafford 10.2 3 2 0.7 0 4
Darrell Henderson Jr. 1.7 4 17 4.2 0 7
Arizona Cardinals
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
Kyler Murray 16.36 2 8 4.0 0 6
James Conner 8.7 13 39 3.0 0 10
Eno Benjamin 4.3 5 16 3.2 0 9
Darrel Williams 0.7 1 7 7.0 0 7
Receiving
Los Angeles Rams
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD
Cooper Kupp 16.4 6 4 44 7.3 0
Ben Skowronek 10.6 4 4 66 16.5 0
Tyler Higbee 10.1 4 4 61 15.2 0
Brandon Powell 5.7 3 3 27 9.0 0
Allen Robinson II 4.3 5 2 23 4.6 0
Kendall Blanton 3.8 1 1 28 28 0
Darrell Henderson Jr. 1.7 1 0 0 0.0 0
Tutu Atwell 0 1 0 0 0.0 0
Arizona Cardinals
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD
Marquise Brown 31 17 14 140 8.2 0
Greg Dortch 17 10 9 80 8.0 0
Zach Ertz 10.5 10 6 45 4.5 0
James Conner 8.7 5 3 18 3.6 0
Eno Benjamin 4.3 4 2 7 1.8 0
Andre Baccellia 3.3 4 2 13 3.2 0
Andy Isabella 2.1 2 1 11 5.5 0
Darrel Williams 0.7 1 0 0 0.0 0
A.J. Green 0 2 0 0 0.0 0

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