Time, TV, streaming options for Week 3

It’s only Week 3 but first place in the NFC West could be on the line this weekend when the Los Angeles Rams and Arizona Cardinals square off today. The Rams are battling a litany of injuries, while the Cardinals are coming off a dramatic come-from-behind win over the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 2.

The Rams need a win to avoid dropping to 1-2, which would be just the second time in Sean McVay’s tenure that the team falls below .500; the only other time was in Week 1 after losing to the Bills.

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Here’s everything you need to know in order to catch today’s matchup in Arizona, from the TV channel to streaming options.

Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals – Sept. 25, 4:25 p.m. ET

TV channel: FOX

Streaming: FuboTV (try it free)

Radio: ESPNLA 710 AM

Location: State Farm Stadium

Forecast: Dome

Referee: Adrian Hill

Broadcast map: Click here

Odds: Rams -3.5, O/U 48.5

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Here’s which uniforms the Rams are wearing against the Cardinals

For the second week in a row, the Los Angeles Rams will be wearing their Bone jerseys. It’s also the second and last time they’ll wear those jerseys this season.

However, after pairing them with yellow pants last week against the Atlanta Falcons, they’re mixing and matching things on Sunday against the Cardinals. The team announced it will wear its Bone jerseys with royal blue pants and socks.

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It’s the same combo they wore against the Colts in Week 2 last season, a game they won 27-24.

With this being the last time the Rams wear their Bone jerseys, it’s unfortunate that they won’t pair them with Bone pants at all this season. That seems to be the preferred pairing among fans when the Rams do go with Bone jerseys.

Kickoff between the Rams and Cardinals will be at 4:25 p.m. ET from State Farm Stadium.

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Final score prediction for Rams vs. Cardinals in Week 3

The Los Angeles Rams come into Week 3 with some momentum, as well as some injuries. The same can be said about the Arizona Cardinals, who the Rams are facing on the road today. Both teams won in dramatic fashion last week, and both of them could be without some key players at State Farm Stadium.

The Rams have already ruled out three of their top four cornerbacks. They’ll also be down their starting center and will have a third-string right guard starting. The Cardinals won’t have Rondale Moore, and James Conner will be a game-time decision.

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For an early-season game, there are plenty of storylines in this NFC West tilt. Yet, as banged up as the Rams are, they’re still favored over the Cardinals by 3.5 points. If history is any indication, the Rams should easily cover that spread and win comfortably, as they have in 10 of their last 11 meetings with the Cardinals.

But anything can happen on any given Sunday, and this won’t be an easy matchup. The Rams must contain Kyler Murray and limit the damage Marquise Brown can do on the outside. Murray is almost at his best when the play breaks down, allowing him to scramble and make plays on the run. His ability to extend plays is what makes him so difficult to defend, especially when you’re a cornerback trying to cover a wide receiver who can freelance on his route.

The Cardinals don’t have the same juice on defense that they once did, but Byron Murphy, J.J. Watt and Budda Baker are still there. It’s just that the pass rush is a bit weaker, especially now that Chandler Jones is out of the picture.

The Cardinals still probably have an advantage over a shorthanded Rams offensive line, but it’s not as if Los Angeles is facing a dominant front like the Bills’ in Week 1. They should be able to handle the task and give Matthew Stafford enough time in the pocket.

I like the Rams in this matchup, even with as many players as they’re missing. The biggest concern has to be the secondary covering Arizona’s receivers, but thankfully, the Cardinals will be without Moore and DeAndre Hopkins. That makes the challenge more manageable.

After finding some momentum last week against Atlanta, and with Arizona only looking good for one half all season, I’ll take the Rams to win at State Farm Stadium where they haven’t lost since 2014.

Final score prediction: Rams 24, Cardinals 20

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Sean McVay can’t believe how many injuries Rams have already suffered

For the most part, the Rams have been one of the healthiest teams in the NFL since 2017. Sure, they’ve suffered their share of key injuries over the years, but not to the extent that many other teams have.

Things have been very different this season, and it’s only Week 3. Logan Bruss, Tremayne Anchrum Jr., Troy Hill, Daniel Hardy and Kyren Williams are among the players who have already landed on injured reserve for varying times.

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Heading into Sunday’s game against the Cardinals, the outlook is even worse. Cobie Durant and David Long Jr. have been ruled out after suffering injuries in the last week. Brian Allen and Van Jefferson, though not on injured reserve, will miss another game on Sunday, too. Jordan Fuller is also questionable.

The Rams have made a ton of roster moves in response to these injuries (and a suspension), which has Sean McVay absolutely baffled. He can’t remember a time that the Rams have dealt with this much roster shuffling other than games when players missed due to COVID.

“I don’t know if we’ve ever quite experienced some of these injuries and situations – ever. And especially this early,” he said. “It almost feels like COVID-esque type of things. It’s never gonna be an excuse for us. We’ve got to have guys ready to go, ready to be able to step up. It doesn’t seem like too long ago where I was addressing the team before we played these guys Monday night and Reggie Scott comes in and says, ‘You’re losing two key, critical starters’ where we had already lost a handful of guys because they ended up popping a positive COVID. It feels similar to that situation with some of the things that have come up, none of which are an excuse for us not to be ready to go. But whether it’s Takk, whether it’s Kendall, Malcolm, and some of the DBs, there’s a lot of moving parts. I can’t remember a time other than when they had to move the game to Tuesday when we were playing Seattle that we’ve ever had this much going on. Especially before we’ve even played our third game. I mean, holy heck.”

That last sentence says it all.

The Rams will be down three of their top four cornerbacks, their starting center, their No. 3 receiver, their No. 2 tight end and their second-string right guard. That’s not ideal with a divisional opponent coming up.

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5 burnings questions for Rams at Cardinals in Week 3

Cards Wire: If the Cardinals are anything near what they were in the second half last week, they will be very hard to beat. They had the running game going, the passing game going and the defense was making stops.

Against an ailing L.A. secondary, I think the Cardinals can build on last week’s game. The pass protection has been good, so if they don’t turn the ball over and if the defense can make a couple of stops, this will be a great game.

I’ve got the Cardinals stealing a win with the Rams banged up, 27-24.

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Rams put Van Jefferson on IR, make 3 other roster moves

The Rams have already been without Van Jefferson for two games, but his absence will extend at least another four weeks. The team announced on Saturday that Jefferson has been placed on injured reserve.

He is now forced to miss at least four games, meaning he can’t return until Week 7 at the earliest. The Rams have a bye in Week 7 so the earliest Jefferson can play is Week 8.

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Additionally, the team signed Grant Haley to the active roster, promoted Jacob Harris from the practice squad for Sunday’s game and also brought back Keir Thomas on the practice squad after waiving him.

Jefferson’s placement on IR comes as a pretty big surprise after Sean McVay just said this week that he’s on track and has been making progress. The Rams clearly believed he could be back before Week 5 when the season began, otherwise they would’ve placed him on IR earlier.

Jefferson underwent two knee procedures this offseason, the second of which came in August. He has not practiced since, so even when he is healthy, he could need some time to get back up to speed.

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Who the experts are taking in Rams vs. Cardinals

It’s been eight years since the Rams lost to the Cardinals in Arizona. Los Angeles has had the Cardinals’ number in the last five years, too, going a near-perfect 10-1 against Arizona since Sean McVay arrived in 2017.

They’ll try to make it 11-1 by beating the Cardinals on Sunday, a game in which they’re favored by 3.5 points despite being on the road. NFL experts like the Rams’ chances of winning, with most of them picking Los Angeles this weekend.

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According to NFL Pick Watch, 87% of experts are taking the Rams to win outright. Six teams are more heavily favored by experts this weekend. With the spread factored in, 68% of experts are taking the Rams to cover the 3.5-point margin. That’s a sign of confidence from pundits that the Rams could win by more than a field goal on Sunday.

Los Angeles is pretty banged up coming into this game, but it’s a game that’s still very winnable, especially given the success the Rams have had against Arizona in recent years.

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Rams’ updated 53-man roster and practice squad for Week 3

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When teams set their rosters before Week 1, there’s a reason they’re called “initial” 53-man rosters. Throughout the season, a ton of changes are made by each team, and the Los Angeles Rams may have made more than any other squad through three weeks.

Following their flurry of moves, here’s a look at their 53-man roster and 17-man practice squad as they currently stand entering Week 3 against the Cardinals.

  1. Matthew Stafford
  2. John Wolford
  3. Bryce Perkins

  1. Cam Akers
  2. Darrell Henderson Jr.
  3. Jake Funk

  1. Cooper Kupp
  2. Allen Robinson
  3. Van Jefferson
  4. Ben Skowronek
  5. Tutu Atwell
  6. Brandon Powell
  7. Lance McCutcheon

  1. Tyler Higbee
  2. Kendall Blanton

  1. Joe Noteboom
  2. David Edwards
  3. Brian Allen
  4. Coleman Shelton
  5. Rob Havenstein
  6. Alaric Jackson
  7. Bobby Evans
  8. Jeremia Kolone
  9. Oday Aboushi

  1. Aaron Donald
  2. Greg Gaines
  3. A’Shawn Robinson
  4. Marquise Copeland
  5. Michael Hoecht
  6. Jonah Williams

  1. Bobby Wagner
  2. Ernest Jones
  3. Christian Rozeboom
  4. Jake Hummel
  5. Jake Gervase

  1. Leonard Floyd
  2. Justin Hollins
  3. Terrell Lewis
  4. Takk McKinley

  1. Jalen Ramsey
  2. David Long Jr.
  3. Cobie Durant
  4. Robert Rochell
  5. Derion Kendrick
  6. Shaun Jolly

  1. Jordan Fuller
  2. Nick Scott
  3. Taylor Rapp
  4. Terrell Burgess
  5. Russ Yeast

  1. K Matt Gay
  2. P Riley Dixon
  3. LS Matthew Orzech

  1. OT A.J. Arcuri
  2. OL Chandler Brewer
  3. DE Earnest Brown IV
  4. RB Malcolm Brown
  5. TE Roger Carter Jr.
  6. DE T.J. Carter
  7. DB TJ Carter
  8. DL Elijah Garcia
  9. CB Grant Haley
  10. WR Jacob Harris
  11. TE Jared Pinkney
  12. OT Max Pircher
  13. RB Ronnie Rivers
  14. C Matt Skura
  15. OLB Brayden Thomas
  16. WR Austin Trammell
  17. DL Zach VanValkenburg

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Recapping all of the Rams' roster moves this week: Who's in and who's out?

There probably isn’t a team in the NFL that has made more roster moves this week than the Los Angeles Rams. From injuries to suspensions to free agent and practice squad signings, Les Snead and Sean McVay have been busy.

There have been so many transactions that it’s become tough to keep up with all of them. Luckily, we’re here to help, recapping all of the moves made by the Rams this week ahead of Sunday’s game against the Cardinals.

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Cardinals’ Rondale Moore out vs. Rams, James Conner a game-time call

The Los Angeles Rams aren’t the only team that’s banged up heading into Sunday’s action. The Arizona Cardinals are, too.

Kliff Kingsbury told reporters on Friday that wide receiver Rondale Moore remains out with a hamstring injury, his third straight missed game to start the year. Linebacker Ezekiel Turner have also been ruled out for Sunday’s game.

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Running back James Conner will be considered a game-time decision on Sunday, which could leave the Cardinals without their leading rusher. Between Moore and Conner, those are two potentially big absences for Arizona.

The Rams are already down starting cornerback Troy Hill, and both Cobie Durant and David Long Jr. are battling injuries of their own, so having one fewer receiver to cover is a break for Los Angeles.

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