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TEMPE Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals offense did

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very little in their season opener, a 24-6 home loss to Washington.They promise improvement, but it will have to come Sunday against a team with maybe the best defense in the NFL, the Rams, and in Los Angeles yet.“If you look at them on paper,” Arizona quarterback Sam Bradford said, “they’re probably one of the more talented units in the league. The way they played the second half last week, they played really well. So, I think it’s definitely a big challenge for us, but we’ve accepted that. We’re putting Robert Woods Jersey in the work getting ready for them.”This will be the first time Bradford has faced the Rams, the franchise that drafted him No. 1 overall and gave him the last of the huge rookie contracts ($50 million guaranteed) before he went on to an injury-plagued career in St. Louis. Bradford left the Rams after missing the entire 2014 season with a knee injury. That was two years before the team moved back to Los Angeles.So the game has no special meaning to him, he said.“I think if it would have happened sooner in my career,” he said Wednesday, “maybe there would be more, but the staff there is completely different. There’s only a handful of guys on that roster that were there when I was there. So there’s just really not a lot of connection that’s still there for me.”What does grab his and the rest of the offense’s attention is the need for improvement. Arizona had the ball three times, two of them three-and-outs, and ran 14 plays in the first half against the Redskins, falling behind 21-0 and throwing out the game plan Andrew Whitworth Jersey Black Friday , which was to have been centered on the running of David Johnson.“We’ve got to come up big on third downs. We’ve really got to focus on third down and picking that up,” right guard Justin Pugh said.Arizona converted 1-of-8 third down opportunities in Sunday’s loss, 0-for-3 in the first half. For the game, the Cardinals managed 213 yards of offense to the Redskins’ 429.“The encouraging thing, when we looked at the film, is there weren’t any major glaring breakdowns,” he said.Just a lot of little things that went wrong.Now bring on the potent Rams, who scored 23 unanswered points to wrap up a 33-13 win at Oakland on Monday night.First-year Cardinals coach Steve Wilks said his offense remains a work in progress.“Early in the season, I think it’s still learning,” said Wilks, the defensive coordinator at Carolina last season who’s turned the offense over to coordinator Mike McCoy. “I think we’re still learning each other. Players are (learning) the timing. … It’s a process you’ve got to continue to go through, and we’re still in the early stages.”Against Washington, the only wide receiver besides Larry Fitzgerald to catch a pass was rookie Christian Kirk, who caught a four-yarder. That has to change, Bradford and Wilks said. The team needs to get Kirk and second-year pro Chad Williams more involved.“I think there are some things we can probably do game plan-wise to get them going a little bit,” Bradford said, “some easy completions, some things out there https://www.ramsfanstore.com/John-Johnson-Jersey , just get the ball in their hands and then kind of build from there.”Of course, they will have to do it against that bruising Rams defense.The Cardinals quarterback smiled when told that defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh marks the calendar every time he faces Bradford because he wants to hit him.“Great,” he said. “I get it. I think everyone wants to hit me. I think that’s kind of how it goes.”Notes: DE Markus Golden, recovering from major knee surgery, worked out on a limited basis. He said he was following trainers’ orders and didn’t know if he’d be ready to play Sunday. … Starting RT Andre Smith has a sore elbow and it’s not known if he will go Sunday, either. An MRI showed no structural damage. … S Antoine Bethea, S Tre Boston and DL Corey Peters met with Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday to discuss the criminal justice system. “We’re all human beings. We all live in this world,” Bethea said. “We all see what happens, especially with the camera phones nowadays. We’re all smart people. We all see what happens. We all know there’s inequality in this world so we can’t be naive to that even though you want to be. … We were able to sit there and talk about those problems yesterday.” The meeting was set up by Cardinals President Michael Bidwill. The Los Angeles Chargers haven’t needed to rely too much on their run game during their first two games, but that might change on Sunday against the unbeaten Rams.The Chargers (1-1) have called runs on 37.5 percent of their plays the first two weeks, which is the fifth-lowest percentage in the AFC. Despite that, they are averaging 116 yards, which is above the league average of 104 yards.In other words, Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler aren’t getting a lot of carries, but they are making the most of their plays.“They’ve been very effective,” offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt said. “It’s been a tremendous help for us because it opens up other things like play action.”Gordon has only 24 carries, which is his lowest total for the first two games in his four-year career, but he is tied for the team lead in receptions with 15. Gordon had the second three-touchdown game of his career in last week’s 31-20 win at Buffalo Josh Reynolds Color Rush Jersey , with two TDs coming on catches. He’s also gained over 100 yards from scrimmage in six of his last eight games dating to last season.While the quarterback matchup between the Chargers’ Philip Rivers and the Rams’ Jared Goff is attracting plenty of attention, the running back battle between Gordon and Todd Gurley is tantalizing as well. Both were drafted in the first round in 2015, with Gurley having the advantage so far. He led the league in yards from scrimmage last season with 2,093 while Gordon was fifth (1,581).“We compete. It’s not like we hate each other. We both want to prove we are the best back and it happens that we compete in the same city,” Gordon said.Ekeler had a career-high 77 yards on 11 carries in last week’s win at Buffalo. Three of his longest carries came on runs off the left side.Whisenhunt continues to find different ways to use the second-year back. In the opener against Kansas City, Ekeler caught a 13-yard touchdown while last week he was getting most of the carries.“They are starting to use both of us in different ways and it has been working,” Ekeler said. “It’s going to be important again this week because they have a real solid front five. If we can get the run game going early that can help us in play action.”The Chargers have a lot of experience facing a Wade Phillips defense. They faced Phillips twice a year when he was with Denver in 2015-16.The Rams have one of the best interior pass rushes in the league with Ndamukong Suh and Aaron Donald at the tackles. They also have gone 12 straight games without allowing a 100-yard rusher.One of the best matchups could be center Mike Pouncey going up against Suh. The two went up against each other often during practices in Miami the past three seasons.“That’s going to make things a lot easier for me and a lot of other guys,” Gordon said of Pouncey. “You have a bully like that up front that ain’t scared to back down, that gets them other guys going.”Pouncey, who is in his first season in Los Angeles after seven seasons in Miami, said getting the run game going early is going to be vitally important this week.“Any time you can run the ball it keeps us on schedule,” he said. “We have been over 100 yards in each game, which is something to build off of.”___Follow Joe Reedy at www.twitter.com/joereedy___
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