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Rams Vs. Cardinals Score Update: St. Louis Uses Strong Defense To Jump Out To 9-3 Lead At Halftime

While the Rams have been able to build on some of their momentum from last week, the 9-3 halftime lead over the Arizona Cardinals will likely leave a bad taste in their mouth, as the Rams could easily hold a double-digit lead. However, penalties and the continued inability to protect Sam Bradford have forced a couple of promising drives to end in field goals.

The good news is that Bradford has been impressive in his return from an ankle injury. Bradford has completed 11/15 attempts for 133 yards. He also has formed a strong connection with Brandon Lloyd, who leads the Rams with 63 yards receiving. The acquisition of Lloyd has given the Rams a reliable receiving threat for the first time since the injury to Mark Clayton last season. Steven Jackson had done a nice job wearing down the Cardinals defense, rushing for 53 yards on 14 carries.

On the defensive end, the Rams have been outstanding in every area. They have limited Beanie Wells to only 2 yards on 7 carries and have made life difficult for John Skelton. Rookie DE Robert Quinn continued to show his growth, picking up another key sack to end a Cardinals drive.

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