The Cardinals’ Most Dangerous Players to Watch for the Rams

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Throughout the week leading up to the NFC West matchup between the Arizona Cardinals and the Los Angeles Rams, the most common questions have been asked. How do the Rams stop Kyler Murray for

? Jalen Ramsey will play De’Andre Hopkins in what way? Is there a plan in place for the Cardinals to deal with Aaron Donald? If you’re the Cards, how do you stop Cooper Kupp? But here’s a question that hasn’t been asked much, but should be:

It involves two Arizona playmakers who the Ram defense should be concerned about. That question…

How do you keep Rondale Moore and Christian Kirk in check? Moore

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Moore $ With a 5-foot-7, 181-pound frame, the 21-year-old may have lacked size, but as Lance Zierlein of the nfl.. Moore was hailed as someone with an explosive first step and one who races then maintains his top speed throughout his route, according to com’s scouting report leading up to the NFL Draft.

Moore has given Kyler Murray and the Cardinal offense an extra Ferrari to drive on the field after three games. Moore is averaging

per game. On 13 receptions, he averaged 1 yard per catch. He’s done the most damage on the outside left of the Cardinals’ formations, according to Pro Football Focus, collecting 119 of his 183 yards there. Moore was once dubbed “Julio Jones in Cole Beasley’s body” by PFF, and that includes this 77-yarder:

Moore was also once dubbed “Julio Jones in Cole Beasley’s body” by PFF. Moore may be someone who does his damage from the slot.

Moore may be someone who does his damage from the slot. But the Cards have used him on motion plays like this one…which was probably mentioned during the Rams’ film study of the Cards:


Kirk Has the Most Big Plays Among Arizona’s WR Unit

Kirk has stood out in a loaded Arizona offense as the Cards’ most consistent big play threat. Why is there a difference between

and

? According to ESPN, the 5-foot-11, 200-pounder leads the team with five catches of 20 yards or more. His age is 79. The Cardinals also rank first in receiving yards per game with 7. Kirk has this advantage over the Rams’ most dynamic target:

Kirk may be considered a straight-line speedster, but he’s proven to make the high-concentration catches:

Kirk may be considered a straight-line speedster, but he’s proven to make the high-concentration catches: $00 How Can the Rams Beat Both?


Kirk and Moore will be matched up with outside linebackers and safeties as slot receivers. So far in 2021, their speed has been no match for those types of defenders.

The Cardinals will almost certainly put one or both of their defensive backs against Ram safety Taylor Rapp after allowing 85 yards to his side in the 34-24 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Rapp, on the other hand, should have at least one well-known defender on his side. Ramsey has been moved around by the Rams, and he can now draw different receivers. As a result, he might not be focused on Hopkins all afternoon. Is there another option? If both Kirk and Moore are lined up on the same side, the Rams can slow them down by aligning Ramsey and safety captain Jordan Fuller on the opposite side. With only 11 passes thrown his way, Fuller is currently the least targeted Rams DB starter.

This is also a game in which David Long Jr. and rookie Robert Rochell can up their game by locking in on the Cardinals’ duo. PFF has Long as the Rams’ fifth-best coverage player, with seven catches on 12 targets for 79 yards. Rochell was drafted primarily for his versatility as a cornerback and safety, and those qualities will come in handy here.

Overall, the Cards clearly want to feed these two playmakers. The Rams must find a way to take advantage of their big-play potential.

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