By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer 

In the NFL “a win, is a win, is a win”. You can say that about the LA Rams recent win over Arizona. It definitely was a case of bending a lot but not breaking. 

The defense gave up 365 yards of offense but limited the Cards (1-2) to four field goals in a 20-12 win. 

Rams head coach Sean McVay called it a ”strange” game. The Rams controlled most of the afternoon but didn’t cash in on some chances to put the game away. 

QB Kyler Murray went 37-of-58 passing for 314 yards while  Marquise Brown caught 14 passes for 140 yards. The Cards (1-2) have lost seven of nine games dating to last season. 

Aaron Donald had six tackles two for losses including his 100th sack. Jalen Ramsey added two passes defended and a tackle for loss.  

Rams safety Nick Scott who had six tackles credited the defensive line with making the job easier for the secondary. 

”Those guys did a great job of rushing with intensity and violence, but also making it tough for (Murray) to get out of the pocket,” Scott said. ”We knew if we could keep him in the pocket, we’d do our thing on the back end.” 

Matthew Stafford threw for 249 yards while completing 18 of 25 passes. Cam Akers and Cooper Kupp both scored touchdowns. Akers finished the day with 60 yards on the ground and Los Angeles used a stellar defensive effort to beat the Cards for the 11th time in the past 12 games dating back to 2017. 

”There are no style points in this game,” McVay said. ”But there are ways to play more complete games. That’s what we’re hunting.” 

LA’s offense had some good moments, but the win was largely due to its defense. Kupps TD rush was the first of his career. 

The Rams did good with special teams as they turned a blocked punt into an eventual field goal during the first quarter. Andy Lee’s punt was deflected by Michael Hoecht, and Los Angeles recovered at Arizona’s 35-yard line. Eight plays later, Matt Gay made a 22-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead. 

Corner Derion Kendrick is being evaluated for a possible concussion. The rookie from Georgia led the team in tackles with nine.  

NEXT UP: The Rams are heading into a Monday night matchup against the rival San Francisco 49ers. The RAMS have lost their last three of their matchups against the Niners on the road, in a streak that dates back to 2019. Head coach Sean Mcvay is acutely aware of the challenges presented when playing the 49ers on their home turf.