RAMS (7-4) vs. CARDINALS (6-5)
When: 1:05 p.m. Sunday
Where: State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.
TV/radio: Fox (Ch. 11), 710 AM, 1330 AM (Spanish)
Line: Rams by 3
Notable injuries: Rams: LB Terrell Lewis (knee) is out; DT Sebastian Joseph-Day (hip) is questionable. Cardinals: S Jalen Thompson (ankle) is out; DT Angelo Blackson (illness) is questionable; WR Larry Fitzgerald was on the COVID-19 list as of Friday.
What’s at stake? Beating the Cardinals a seventh consecutive time would put the Rams back on the playoff track after their 23-20 loss to the 49ers. Winning would lift the second-place Rams back into first in the NFC West if the Seahawks lose to the Giants, while losing would sink them to third.
Who’s better? The Rams, but it depends on the day. The Cardinals and exciting, second-year quarterback Kyler Murray are on their way to the franchise’s first winning record since 2015. Both teams mixed playoff-caliber wins with disappointing losses in November and need a solid December.
Rams win if: If the Rams defense limits the damage from Murray’s running; Arizona is 8-1 in 2019-20 when the QB carries nine times or more … if quarterback Jared Goff recovers from his bout with fumbles and interceptions … if running back Cam Akers builds on last week against a subpar Cardinals rushing defense.
Matchup to watch: Jalen Ramsey vs. DeAndre Hopkins. The NFL’s highest-salaried defensive back and wide receiver meet again. Statistically, Ramsey won…