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NFL Thursday Night Pick for Week 5
October 4th 2012 - Special K            

Arizona Cardinals (-1.5) at St Louis Rams

What did I take away in watching last week's Rams/Seahawks game? Let's just say this, if you need to score all your points using special teams then you aren't a very good football team. The Rams are ranked 30th in red zone efficiency, so I see why Jeff Fisher has resorted to using fake field goals to score touchdowns. Greg Zuerlein, who? This guy kicked two ridiculous field goals from 58 and 60 yards. The fact that the Rams even attempted these field goals has me wondering what will happen when the Cardinals block one of these come Thursday Night.

Kevin Kolb has surprised many critics around the NFL this year. I think this kind of QB play is what was expected of him when the Cardinals made that trade with the Eagles. The Cardinals and Kolb have finally found their replacement for Boldin in Andre Roberts, the touchdown machine. With teams double covering Fitzgerald, Roberts has been able to take full advantage. The Cardinals do need to improve greatly in the running game. It will be important that they run the ball for at least 70 yards against the Rams to keep the Rams pass rush honest.

I predicted that the Cardinals would have a letdown game against the Dolphins (
see Underdog Pick - Week 4). However, this week the Cards face a division rival who could pull within one game of them if the standings. The Cardinals have a much better defense than the Rams and with the emergence of Roberts at WR, the Cardinals should be able to pass on the Rams. I expect the Cardinals to shutdown Fisher's trickery and win in St Louis.
 
Take the Cardinals Minus the Points
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