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What They're Saying: The Arizona Cardinals


Each week will be taking a look at what Los Angeles' opponents have to say about facing the Rams. Heading into Week 7 of the regular season, check out what the Arizona Cardinals' coaches and players had to say about their matchup against the Los Angeles Rams at the Twickenham Stadium in London:

On how he would describe Jared Goff this season/what has changed on the Rams' offense:

"Confident. This scheme, I believe it fits him as a quarterback. It gives him a lot of opportunities to take his shots because he has a very big arm now. They're giving a little bit of easier reads for him — in the play action and a little bit of the pop passes, one side progression reads for him — and they're definitely doing what he can do best. With that running game that they have now too, they are much more balanced. He has a lot of weapons around him, his offensive line is better, adding Sammy Watkins to the receiving core, Cooper Kupp is playing well so far...So he has a lot of talent around him and now that he is able to get protected, he's able to get the balls in their hands."

*     - Cardinals' CB Patrick Peterson*

On how much this game means to both teams:

"We're here to work. It's a huge game for us and it's a huge game for the Rams being a division game, so there's not a whole lot of time to get out and about."

*     - Cardinals' QB Carson Palmer*

"Obviously we're very excited about being here and know how much this game has grown. It's a very big game, a division game and it's the first time that we've faced the Rams this year and they are playing extremely well. Got here safe and sound and we're looking forward to this week."

*     - Cardinals' HC Bruce Arians*

On the challenges that the Rams present on defense:

"Most of the time they're playing base defense be it first down, second down, sometimes even in third down. For him [Wade Phillips] he's trying to rush five most of the time, sometimes four, but for him it's the 3-4 defense. He's bringing those two outside backers and even the two inside backers are pretty good at rushing the passer too. So it's a big challenge. Aaron Donald, Robert Quinn, Michael Brockers, we've got a hell of a task in front of us."

*     - Cardinals' OC Harold Goodwin*

"All around this is a good football team, especially on defense. Offensively, I think they've changed a little bit but on the defense, it's the same guys. They are ferocious, they get after you, they play hard for 60 minutes. So, we're expecting that on Sunday."

*     - Cardinals' WR Larry Fitzgerald  *

On what he has seen from the Rams offense this season:

"With this offense I think overall, you have some big play receivers on the outside, you have a quarterback that has really spread the ball around, with Todd Gurley in particular you have a guy that's caught some balls in the backfield. This offense is a little bit of a touchdown check down offense. They are going to try to hurt you deep, hit you vertical early in the game and if it's not there, he's doing a great job of checking the ball down." 

"I think they look very different, I think they do some of the same things, but they are very sharp, very clear with where he wants to go with the ball."

*     - Cardinals' DC James Bettcher*

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