INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) – Kyler Murray passed for 268 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 39 more yards in a virtuoso performance, and the Arizona Cardinals extended their longest undefeated start since 2012 with a 37:20 win over the Los Angeles Rams On Sunday.
AJ Green caught a 41-yard TD pass, Chase Edmonds ran 120 yards, and James Conner stormed for two short scores for Arizona (4-0), who eventually defeated Sean McVay for the first time in nine attempts.
What you need to know
- The Los Angeles Rams lost to the Arizona Cardinals at 37:20 on Sunday
- Matthew Stafford went 26 of 41 for 280 yards on his first ineffective performance with the Rams
- LA couldn’t start 4-0 for the first time since 2018
- Next up: The Rams visit the Seattle Seahawks Thursday night
Kliff Kingsbury’s Cards did it in style, lit up the Rams’ defenses for a total of 465 yards and scored touchdowns after two early takeaways to confirm their arrival as contenders in NFC West and beyond despite having played three of their first four games on the Have played street.
Maxx Williams caught a TD pass from Murray that went 24 for 32, repeatedly frustrating the Rams’ defense. Arizona’s defense made several big games and sealed the team’s first win over the Rams since Jan 1, 2017, stopping Matthew Stafford and the LA offensive on the 1 at 12:05 p.m.
Stafford went 26 of 41 for 280 yards and two touchdowns in his first ineffective performance with the Rams (3-1), who didn’t start 4-0 with an ugly home performance for the first time since 2018.
Van Jefferson caught early TD pass and Robert Woods made a 1:14 TD grave, but Stafford was often wrong in his connections to his receivers. McVay regularly gave up his running game despite Darrell Henderson’s 89 yards – the second best performance of his career – with just 14 carries against a defense that hasn’t stopped the run well this season.
The Los Angeles Defense had few answers for Murray, consistently finding open receivers or taking up his own yardage, while the Cardinals scored seven out of eight drives after an opening point.
The Cardinals took a 24-13 halftime lead behind Murray, who struggled to work his magic against the Rams in his first two NFL seasons. He was in good shape early on his SoFi debut, passing 186 yards and charging 34 more in the first half as the cards tore apart a Los Angeles defense that had allowed less than 21 points per game this season .
Arizona scored touchdowns after both first half sales from Los Angeles.
Green’s long TD catch came after Byron Murphy Jr. picked up Stafford’s underthrow pass on DeSean Jackson, and Williams’ TD catch resulted from a drive that started with Sony Michels fumble and an exceptional first down scramble from Murray 3rd and 16th place included.
The Rams had a long TD drive that ended in Jefferson’s catch, but otherwise fought or settled with field goals. Stafford went 11 for 21 in the half and hit NFL, which got leader Cooper Kupp only twice with seven goals. Kupp finished with five catches for 64 yards while Jefferson had six for 90 yards.
Murphy injured his rib in the first half but returned to the game. He has three interceptions in the Cardinals’ first four games.
Cardinals: host the San Francisco 49ers next Sunday.
Rams: A short week before you visit the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night.