The NFC West has given football fans some of the best teams and best matchups over the years and this year is no different. If the season ended today, three of the divisions’ four teams would make the playoffs, headlined by Arizona and Los Angeles.
At 10-2, the Cardinals have the league’s best record and already trounced the Rams once this season, winning 37-20 while notching a season-high 216 yards on the ground as part of a 465-total yard effort. The Cardinals are third in scoring offense and fourth in scoring defense as well as second in red zone offense and third in third down defense.
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So there’s very little the Cardinals don’t do well, and much of this has been without quarterback Kyler Murray, wide receiver AJ Green or tight end Zach Ertz at various points this season.
The Rams sit at 8-4 but have scuttled a bit of late. Losers of three of their last four, Sean McVay’s squad has been its usual prolific offensive self, but has faltered a bit on defense. Even with Aaron Donald, Jalen Ramsey and the addition of Von Miller, the Rams have given up the 17th most points and the 11th most yards, with most of those coming through the air.
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LA is coming off a dominant 37-7 win over Jacksonville, but the Rams have struggled against better teams this season. They’ll be without Ramsey against the Cardinals, meaning an already suspect pass defense could be exploited more. But, if they can stop the run and get to Matt Stafford, they may have a chance at avenging the early season loss.
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Rams vs. Cardinals score
Rams vs. Cardinals live updates, highlights from Monday Night Football
8:25 p.m.: Los Angeles’ opening drive will start at the 25.
8:22 p.m.: FIELD GOAL CARDINALS. After going three-and-out, including Murray missing a wide open Green in the end zone, the Cardinals get on the board. Arizona 3, Los Angeles 0 with 10:58 left in the first as Matt Prater nails the 53-yarder.
8:20 p.m.: AJ Green is the receiver this time on third-and-3 and it’s another easy conversion. He takes it for 17 and it’s now first-and-10 from the LA 35 for Arizona.
8:19 p.m.: The Cardinals convert on third-and-8 as Kyler Murray hits Zach Ertz for 14 yards.
8:17 p.m.: Another penalty for the Cardinals, this time it’s a false start but James Conner gains 13 on second down. Now third-and-8 from the Arizona 28.
8:16 p.m.: The first play of the game results in an offensive holding. Los Angeles declines te penalty and it’s now second-and-16 for the Cardinals from their 19.
8:15 p.m.: The Rams win the toss and defer. That means Arizona starts with the ball at its own 25 following a touchback on the opening kick.
Rams vs. Cardinals start time
- Date: Monday, Dec. 13
- Kickoff: 8:15 p.m. ET, 5:15 p.m. PT
Rams vs. Cardinals is scheduled to kick off at 8:15 p.m. EST, standard time for “Monday Night Football” in Arizona’s State Farm Stadium.
What channel is Rams vs. Cardinals on today?
- TV channel (national): ESPN
- Live Stream: ESPN, fuboTV
Rams vs. Cardinals will be broadcast nationally on ESPN for “Monday Night Football” to close out Week 14. ESPN will have its regular booth broadcasting this game, with Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Louis Riddick. Lisa Salters will be on the sideline.
In Canada, viewers can watch Rams vs. Cardinals on DAZN, which includes every NFL game as part of a 30-day free trial.
NFL live stream for Monday Night Football
Because “Monday Night Football” is aired on ESPN, it will be available to stream live on all of the team’s digital platforms (ESPN.com, ESPN App, etc.). This will be the easiest way for viewers with cable or satellite to view the game.
Cord-cutters also have plenty of options with which they can stream “Monday Night Football” during the 2021 NFL season.
|Streaming option||Cable subscription needed?||Free?||Cost||Free trial?|
|Yahoo! Sports App||No||Yes||–||–|
|Hulu Plus Live TV||No||No||$55/month||Yes|
Rams schedule 2021
|1||Sept. 12||vs. Bears||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC|
|2||Sept. 19||at Colts||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|3||Sept. 26||vs. Buccaneers||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|
|4||Oct. 3||vs. Cardinals||4:05 p.m. ET||Fox|
|5||Oct. 7 (Thursday)||at Seahawks||8:20 p.m. ET||Fox/NFLN/Amazon|
|6||Oct. 17||at Giants||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|7||Oct. 24||vs. Lions||4:05 p.m. ET||Fox|
|8||Oct. 31||at Texans||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|9||Nov. 7||vs. Titans||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC|
|10||Nov. 15 (Monday)||at 49ers||8:15 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|12||Nov. 28||at Packers||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|
|13||Dec. 5||vs. Jaguars||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|14||Dec. 13 (Monday)||at Cardinals||8:15 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|15||Dec. 19||vs. Seahawks||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|
|16||Dec. 26||at Vikings||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|17||Jan. 2||at Ravens||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|
|18||Jan. 9||vs. 49ers||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|
Cardinals schedule 2021
|1||Sept. 12||at Titans||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|2||Sept. 19||vs. Vikings||4:05 p.m. ET||Fox|
|3||Sept. 26||at Jaguars||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|4||Oct. 3||at Rams||4:05 p.m. ET||Fox|
|5||Oct. 10||vs. 49ers||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|
|6||Oct. 17||at Browns||4:05 p.m. ET||Fox|
|7||Oct. 24||vs. Texans||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|8||Oct. 28 (Thursday)||vs. Packers||8:20 p.m. ET||Fox/NFLN/Amazon|
|9||Nov. 7||at 49ers||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|
|10||Nov. 14||vs. Panthers||4:05 p.m. ET||Fox|
|11||Nov. 21||at Seahawks||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|
|13||Dec. 5||at Bears||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|14||Dec. 13 (Monday)||vs. Rams||8:15 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|15||Dec. 19||at Lions||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|16||Dec. 25 (Saturday)||vs. Colts||8:15 p.m. ET||NFL Network|
|17||Jan. 2||at Cowboys||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|18||Jan. 9||vs. Seahawks||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|
Monday Night Football schedule 2021
|Week 1||Sept. 13||Las Vegas Raiders vs. Baltimore Ravens|
|Week 2||Sept. 20||Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions|
|Week 3||Sept. 27||Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles|
|Week 4||Oct. 4||Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders|
|Week 5||Oct. 11||Baltimore Ravens vs. Indianapolis Colts|
|Week 6||Oct. 18||Tennessee Titans vs. Buffalo Bills|
|Week 7||Oct. 25||Seattle Seahawks vs. New Orleans Saints|
|Week 8||Nov. 1||Kansas City Chiefs vs. New York Giants|
|Week 9||Nov. 8||Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Chicago Bears|
|Week 10||Nov. 15||San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams|
|Week 11||Nov. 22||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New York Giants|
|Week 12||Nov. 29||Washington Football Team vs. Seattle Seahawks|
|Week 13||Dec. 6||Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots|
|Week 14||Dec. 13||Arizona Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Rams|
|Week 15||Dec. 20||Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings|
|Week 16||Dec. 27||New Orleans Saints vs. Miami Dolphins|
|Week 17||Jan. 3||Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns|