NFL Capsule: Rams at Cardinals

NFL Capsule: Rams at Cardinals

ST. LOUIS (3-6-1) At ARIZONA (4-6)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Cardinals by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - St. Louis 6-4; Arizona 4-6

SERIES RECORD - Cardinals lead 33-32-2

AP PRO32 RANKING - Rams No. 26; Cardinals No. 25

LAST MEETING - Rams beat Cardinals 17-3, Oct. 4, 2012

LAST WEEK - Rams lost to Jets 27-13; Cardinals lost to Falcons 23-19





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Neither team has won since Rams beat Cardinals Oct. 4. ... St. Louis' five straight games without opponent turnover longest such streak since 1950. ... Rams sacked Kevin Kolb nine times in the first meeting. ... Rams 29 sacks rank fourth in NFL. ... St. Louis 2-0-1 against NFC West, 1-6 against everyone else. ... Rams RB Steven Jackson 322 yards shy of 10,000 yards rushing for career. ... Rams WR Chris Givens first rookie to catch a pass of at least 50 yards in five straight games. ... Jets converted both of St. Louis' lost fumbles into TDs last week. ... Both teams brought player named Wells back from NFL's inactive/designated to return list this week - the Rams' C Scott Wells, and the Cardinals' RB Beanie Wells. ... Last week against Arizona, Atlanta's Matt Ryan became first player in 45 years to throw five interceptions and no touchdown passes and have his team win. ... Cardinals ILB Daryl Washington has 91 tackles, eight sacks, 10 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, an interception and 12 QB pressures. ... Arizona WR Larry Fitzgerald has 99 career receptions against Rams. ... After Atlanta's six turnovers, Arizona has 22 takeaways, fourth-most in the NFL. ... Arizona QBs 11 of 27 for 41 net yards against Falcons. ... QB Ryan Lindley, in NFL debut, was one of seven Arizona rookies to play against Atlanta. ... Cardinals 4-0 when they lost at St. Louis, triggering losing streak at six games and counting.


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Adrian Peterson's kids and the Internet are why he designed that shoe-in-facemask shirt


Adrian Peterson's kids and the Internet are why he designed that shoe-in-facemask shirt

Luke Kuechly was just trying to make a tackle.

During the Redskins-Panthers Week 6 matchup, the Carolina star dove to wrap up Adrian Peterson and, like many, many, many before him, failed to bring the RB down.

Unfortunately for Kuechly, something else happened on the play that is going to help it live on much longer than your routine defensive mistake.

That something, of course, is that Peterson's cleat came off in the collision and lodged itself in Kuechly's facemask. And the uniqueness of that is why Peterson is now selling T-shirts commemorating it:

"I thought it was pretty cool," Peterson said Thursday in the 'Skins' locker room when asked why he felt moved to create the shirts, of which there are three to choose from on his site. "My kids got a big kick out of it. Obviously, the Internet did as well."

No. 26 has carried the ball 2,651 times in his career but said he's never had an attempt go like that one that involved his footwear and Kuechly's headgear.

However, because he's a legend, Peterson was able to deal with the lost shoe and still go on to pick up a nice chunk of yards as well as a first down.

"As I'm breaking free and I feel my shoe coming off, the only thing on my mind is, 'OK, let me make sure I plant my foot in a way where I don't slip,'" he explained. "That was the only thing I was focusing on on that play."

Will Kuechly get a shirt, though? After all, without him, they wouldn't exist in the first place.

"I might send him one," Peterson said.

What's lower: the odds of Kuechly wearing that shirt should Peterson ever send it along or the odds of another shoe finding its way into the linebacker's facemask? 

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Crowder, Richardson headline long list of injury questions for Redskins during Dallas week

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Crowder, Richardson headline long list of injury questions for Redskins during Dallas week

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden joked about optimism when going over the team's injury report, but that might be the coach's only way to deal with the current situation. 

Receivers Jamison Crowder and Paul Richardson did not practice on Thursday, and their status for Sunday seems murky at best. Crowder was spotted at Redskins Park using a scooter to keep his weight off his injured ankle, and while Richardson was seen walking around, his knee remains an issue. 

There was some good news, however, that Chris Thompson and Shawn Lauvao practiced, albeit in a limited role. 

Getting Thompson back on the field would be a big help for the Redskins offense, and alleviate some pressure off Adrian Peterson. The future Hall of Famer did not practice Wednesday as he is dealing with a host of injuries, including his shoulder and knee. 

The one player Gruden said he did not have optimisim in a return this week was rookie safety Troy Apke. There has been some conversation about possibly moving him to the injured reserve, but that has not happened yet. 

The Redskins currently have one open roster spot as the team released veteran defensive lineman Ziggy Hood earlier this week. With all the concerns at wideout, maybe Washington uses that spot to bring up a practice squad player to support the unit. 

UPDATE (5:20 p.m.): The Redskins announced that they have elevated receiver Jehu Chesson from their practice squad to the active roster.

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