Jared Goff helps Los Angeles Rams steamroll Arizona Cardinals

By Steve Fryer, The Sports Xchange  |  Oct. 22, 2017 at 5:41 PM
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Jared Goff threw for 235 yards and a touchdown, Todd Gurley II had his fourth game of 100 or more rushing yards and the defense provided two interceptions that led to points as the Los Angeles Rams crushed the Arizona Cardinals 33-0 on Sunday at Twickenham Stadium in London.

The Cardinals perhaps lost more than a game. Quarterback Carson Palmer exited the game in the second quarter with an injury to his left forearm and did not return. ESPN reported the arm is broken and Palmer will miss eight weeks.

Palmer suffered the injury upon taking a huge hit from Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree just after Palmer released a pass that was intercepted by Lamarcus Joyner.

Greg Zuerlein added four field goals for the Rams, who improved to 5-2 with the victory in the NFC West matchup. They are in first place in the division.

Los Angeles already has more wins than last season, when the Rams finished 4-12. The Rams have not finished at .500 or better since 2006 when they went 8-8. They have not had a winning record since going 12-4 in 2003. Arizona is 3-4.

Goff, in his second NFL season, completed 22 of 37 passes for 235 yards and a touchdown with one interception.

Gurley rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries. It was Gurley's fourth 100 yards-plus game this season. He had no games of 100 or more yards last season.

Linebacker Mark Barron had the other interception for the Rams.

Recent Cardinals addition Adrian Peterson, last week's NFC Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 134 yards and two touchdowns in his Arizona debut, a 38-33 win over New Orleans, rushed for only 21 yards on 11 carries against the Rams.

The Rams dominated time of possession, 39:01 to the Cardinals' 20:59.

The Rams have a bye next week. Their next game is an away game against the New York Giants on Nov. 5.

Arizona also has a bye next week. The Cardinals' next game is an away game against the San Francisco 49ers on Nov. 5.

NOTES: Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald's first reception of the game gave him at least one reception in all 40 stadiums in which he has played during his 14-season career. ... The Rams played at Twickenham last season, the first ever non-rugby sporting event at the stadium, when they lost to the New York Giants, 17-10. The stadium opened in 1909. ... It rained intermittently Sunday. In the second quarter, Arizona WR Jaron Brown slipped and fell on a route, with Palmer's pass intended to him falling incomplete (Brown did make a first-down reception on the next play. ... The Cardinals had not allowed a 100-yard rusher for 19 straight games until Gurley did so against them Sunday.

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