Despite the final score, the St. Louis Rams were hardly impressive in their Week 1 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. While many predicted that the Cardinals would have a rebound season in 2013, no one expected Cards wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald to catch eight balls for 80 yards receiving and haul in two touchdowns. The Rams were my preseason pick to win the NFC West, yet if that’s going to happen their secondary needs to answer the call.
Most NFL fans that know of Cortland Finnegan remember him for causing the normally tame Andre Johnson to lose his cool a few years back, but his job isn’t to ruffle feathers…it’s to stop guys like Fitzgerald from getting in the end zone. Now to be fair, Finnegan went all of last year without surrendering a single touchdown, so let’s see if he can get back to his 2012 form against Atlanta.
Even if Finnegan manages to do his job as a cover corner, that leaves Rams right cornerback Janoris Jenkins to fend off some of the best wide receivers in the NFL. While Fitzgerald got most of the attention for his two touchdowns, lesser wide outs like Andre Roberts and Michael Floyd both had big days versus the St. Louis’ secondary in Week 1.
Julio Jones and Roddy White might both be nursing some unfortunate knee injuries, but don’t underestimate these big-play receivers. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if these two All-Pros exposed an inexperienced Rams’ secondary to the tune of over 200 yards receiving and multiple touchdowns.