The Arizona Cardinals (10-3) will travel to Missouri to face off against the St. Louis Rams (6-7) at Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on Dec. 11. Viewers can watch online the Cardinals vs. Rams game via live stream - free for subscribers - below.
Although Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer suffered a season-ending knee injury last month against the Rams, the Cardinals are still on top of the NFC standings. According to an Associated Press report, the Cardinals must avoid losing a third straight loss on the road and prevent St. Louis from becoming the first team in 38 years to shut out three straight opponents.
"For some teams, (playing in December) doesn't mean a damn thing except the season's almost over," Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. "This one means a lot because everything rides from here on in, so every game is a real playoff game, especially in the NFC."
It also doesn't help that playing on Thursday nights have previously thrown the Cardinals off their game. According to Adam Green of Arizona Sports, the Cardinals lost to the Eagles in Philadelphia 48-20 back in 2008, the Rams 17-3 in 2012, and the Seattle Seahawks at home by a score of 34-22 last season.
Arians highlighted on how the scheduled game on Thursday forced his team to readjust their training patterns.
"Thursday puts a strain on you as far as you really can't practice," Arians said. "You can have walkthroughs if it's less than 24 hours from a game. Tuesdays are normal days off, and those are going to be your two practice days. You do basically everything as a walkthrough."
Arians added that his coaching staff "did a good job of preparing for this game last week," noting that the Cardinals are ready to tackle the challenge.
The Associated Press reported that the Cardinals face a tough task against the Rams, who have allowed 34 points while going 3-1 since losing at Arizona. Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell had some comments about their opponents in the upcoming game.
"They're playing as good a football as anybody now," Campbell said. "It's a division game, a team you know. They know us, guys you've played against multiple times. It's going to be a good football game."
As for the Rams, they hope to continue their dominance against the offensively challenged NFC leaders. According to the Associated Press, Rams coach Jeff Fisher helped lead his team to 206 total yards in the Week 14 road win over the Washington Redskins 24-0.
"I want to see it again," Fisher said. "We need to keep playing, keep preparing the way we are."
The Associated Press noted that the Rams limited the Cardinals to a season-low 28 rushing yards on 22 carries last month and have allowed an average of 58.7 while winning four of six.
"We've been locked in and just getting better and tightening up on all the little plays that were hurting us," Rams safety Rodney McLeod said.
Rams defensive end Robert Quinn had 4 1/2 sacks in the last two games, bringing his total to 10 1/2 sacks on the season. St. Louis recorded 13 sacks in the last two games.
"Guys are playing lights-out right now," Quinn said. "Hopefully, we just keep it going."
Thursday's game can be seen at 8:25 p.m. ET on NFL Network. While subscriptions to both options are required, online viewers can watch the game the day after it airs live on NFL Game Rewind or live stream in real time via NFL Mobile (limited to Verizon customers only).