Cowboys edge past 49ers; Rams cruise by reeling Cardinals

The Cardinals have been a mediocre team for long enough to believe this is who they are. Since Kyler Murray returned in Week 13, they are 15th in offensive EPA and 23rd in defense. With the running game diminished, Arizona's entire offense lately has been built on 5-yard throws and asking Murray to make magic. Sometimes he pulls it off, but it’s a hard way to live. 

The Rams’ pride was stepped on last week against the 49ers, when their running game and run defense were pushed around. That shouldn’t happen against a Cardinals offensive line that has been springing leaks and was dominated by Aaron Donald in December. A’Shawn Robinson, Von Miller and Greg Gaines are all peaking for a Los Angeles front that gets after the passer. I don’t discount the Rams’ back end having communication issues, as the secondary's suddenly banged up with safety Jordan Fuller out for the season, cornerback Darious Williams nursing a shoulder injury and Taylor Rapp in concussion protocol. But the Rams still have more talent, better recent play and Sean McVay’s 5-1 career record against Kliff Kingsbury.