The Cardinals’ offense has struggled the past two weeks, averaging only 19 points per game in losses to the Seahawks and Patriots. It has a tough task against a stout Rams defense that features two of the best players in the NFL: defensive tackle Aaron Donald and cornerback Jalen Ramsey.
Murray had only 10 carries for 46 yards combined against Seattle and New England, and his lack of rushing success has been a big topic this week.
The Cardinals are 6-1 when Murray has carried the ball eight times or more this season and 0-4 when he has not. Despite the disparity, the elite dual threat does not plan to force the issue on zone reads if the Rams are intent to stop him.
“If they want to take me away, that’s fine as far as the run game goes,” Murray said. “I’m going to hand the ball off to my guys. I’ve got faith in all of them, the O-line. We’ve just got to be better from top to bottom.”
A hamstring injury kept Murray in the pocket in last season’s season finale against the Rams, where he was 26-of-42 passing for 325 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
“He was spraying it all over the field in the last game of the year,” McVay said. “This guy is the real deal. I definitely believe that if he needs to, he can certainly make plays, but as he…