NFC West competition begins early for the Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams as the two sides meet at Edwards Jones Dome looking to set the tone for the rest of the season. Most pundits are putting these teams well behind the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks, making this early game vital if either team hopes to stay on pace.
The identity of the Rams is still very much undefined. Defensively, they have all the trappings of a Jeff Fisher team, but the offense is still a work in progress. St. Louis hopes additions to the receiving corps will mitigate the loss of Danny Amendola, but the bigger question comes at running back in the post-Steven Jackson era.
With Carson Palmer arriving from Oakland, the Cardinals are hoping they've finally found some consistency at quarterback. The position has been a revolving door since Kurt Warner retired in 2009, an issue that reached its climax last season when four different signal callers started in the desert.
The biggest beneficiary of a bounce-back year from Palmer would likely be wideout Larry Fitzgerald, who had double-digit touchdown receptions in his last three years with Warner but hasn't topped eight since.
Sunday, Sept. 8, 4:25 p.m. ET
Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Mo.
Cardinals: KNXV ABC 15
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