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Where: Edward Jones Dome, Saint Louis.
When: Friday December 12, 01:25 (UK time)
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The Arizona Cardinals will hope to become the first team in the NFL to win 11 games this season as they take on the St Louis Rams on Thursday night.
Despite the loss of quarterback Carson Palmer a month ago, the Cardinals remain atop the NFC standings and continue to keep the Seattle Seahawks at bay. However, they face a real test on Thursday with the Rams looking to become the first team in 38 years to shut out three straight opponents.
“For some teams, (playing in December) doesn’t mean a damn thing except the season’s almost over,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. “This one means a lot because everything rides from here on in, so every game is a real playoff game, especially in the NFC.”
Arizona (10-3) host the Seahawks next weekend but they will know that they can’t afford to look ahead past the Rams who have outscored Oakland and Washington 76-0 in the last two weeks.
Coach Jeff Fisher has insisted that he wants to see that same defensive lockdown again against a much tougher opponent, and he has confidence in his team that they can gain further momentum.
Patrick Peterson has enjoyed his games against St Louis in the past and has 14 career interceptions against the franchise, while Larry Fitzgerald caught a season-high nine passes for 112 yards the last time these two met.
As a result, the visitors will be confident of their chances of improving their record but the Rams appear to be a completely different proposition this time round as they look to move to 7-7 for the year and end a two-game losing streak against their rivals.