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               === Reeling Cards aim for revenge against Rams ===
 
 (Sports Network) - Forgive Ken Whisenhunt if he thinks he's on "Let's Make a
 Deal."
 
 Monty Hall isn't standing next to the Cardinals coach but Whisenhunt is about
 to look behind curtain No. 3 at the quarterback position when he starts rookie
 sixth round pick Ryan Lindley in Arizona's Week 12 matchup against the St.
 Louis Rams.
 
 "Ryan will start for us and hopefully give us a spark and play well,"
 Whisenhunt said after practice Wednesday.
 
 Lindley, a San Diego State product, became an option after Whisenhunt pulled
 John Skelton last Sunday after the big 6-foot-6 signal-caller missed a wide
 open Larry Fitzgerald in the end zone.
 
 Lindley is now likely to remain the starter at least until Kevin Kolb is able
 to return from a rib injury.
 
 The embattled Skelton told the Arizona Republic he was "frustrated with the
 whole situation.
 
 Asked what specifically frustrated him, Skelton responded: "Right now, just
 the whole situation. Obviously, losing six in a row is frustrating. What
 transpired on Sunday and then now, the benching, obviously, is frustrating."
 
 Lindley will be trying to halt that ugly six-game losing streak for Arizona, a
 skid which was extended in Atlanta last Sunday when the Falcons persevered
 despite turning the ball over six times, including a a career-high five
 interceptions from Matt Ryan, in a 23-19 win.
 
 The Cards benched Skelton after he connected on just 2-of-7 passes for six
 yards in the first quarter. Lindley took over and completed 9-of-20 passes for
 64 yards.
 
 "We said during the bye week we were going to make changes that we thought
 necessary, and that's what we're going to do going forward," Whisenhunt said.
 "We have to make more plays."
 
 LaRod Stephens-Howling rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries for
 Arizona, which has lost the six in a row after starting the season 4-0.
 
 The Cardinals got a little bit of good news during the week, activating
 star running back Beanie Wells off injured reserve after he missed seven games
 while recovering from turf toe.
 
 Wells was placed on the new designated-to-return IR after a Week 3 win over
 Philadelphia. The four-year veteran began practicing two weeks ago and is
 expected to play Sunday. Coming off his first 1,000-yard season, Wells had run
 for 76 yards on 29 carries in the first three games.
 
 The Rams, meanwhile,  are also coming off a disappointing loss last Sunday
 when New York's Bilal Powell had the most effective day of his career, rushing
 for two touchdowns and helping the Jets to a much needed 27-13 victory over
 St. Louis.
 
 Sam Bradford struggled to get the Rams' offense in rhythm most of the day.
 Although the former Oklahoma star tossed a pair of touchdowns to Brandon
 Gibson, he completed just 23-of-44 passes for 170 yards, threw an interception
 and lost a fumble in the defeat.
 
 The Rams kick-started Arizona's losing streak by topping the Cardinals, 17-3,
 in St. Louis back on Oct. 4 behind Bradford's two 2 TD passes, including 51-
 yarder to Chris Givens. The Rams defense also held Arizona to just 45 rushing
 yards in that one.
 
 Overall the all-time series between these two teams is deadlocked at 33-33-2
 but the Cardinals have won 10 of the last 12 meetings.
 
 
 WHAT TO WATCH FOR
 
 Lindley was a four-year starter at San Diego State, setting conference records
 for passing yards (12,690) and total offense (12,415) but the NFL is a long
 way from the Mountain West Conference.
 
 "I don't really get nervous," Lindley said in his first press briefing as the
 designated starter. "I think more right now it's just getting the reps in
 practice is what I want to do. I just want to make sure I'm ready because if
 I'm prepared, I'm ready to go."
 
 Whisenhunt is hoping those extra reps in practice can help his rookie.
 
 "He did a nice job in a hostile environment (in Atlanta) handling the game,
 without a lot of practice during the week," Whisenhunt said. "So where we are
 as a team and as an offense, it gives us a chance to see what he can do, see
 if he can't get, with a week of practice, if he can get in there and get us
 going and help us move the ball and score some points."
 
 All that said, with its QB situation so unsettled Arizona will have to rely on
 its running game with Stephens-Howling and Wells.
 
 The undersized Stephens-Howling had runs of 40 and 52 yards against Atlanta
 last Sunday and can be explosive at times while Wells is a big, bruising back
 who can move the chains so that part looks good on paper. When he last faced
 St. Louis in Week 12 of last season, Wells established a franchise single-game
 record with 228 rushing yards on 27 attempts.
 
 "Obviously, I have respect for him as a runner," Rams defensive end Chris Long
 told the Cardinals' website. "If we didn't before that last game last year, we
 do now. That guy runs hard, he's tough. He's athletic. He's a smart runner. He
 exposed us on that day."
 
 The problem for Arizona is the offensive line which has been one of the NFL's
 worst. Rookie Nate Potter made his first career start at left tackle last week
 in an attempt to shake things up but the talent level simply is not there for
 the Cardinals. Meanwhile, St. Louis' defensive line, featuring Long and Robert
 Quinn, could be the strength of the team.
 
 The Rams, however, won't have an easy time against a big play Arizona defense
 which forced the six turnovers against the Falcons and now ranks fourth in the
 NFL with 22 takeaways. Ryan, a serious MVP candidate, entered that contest
 having never thrown more than three interceptions in a game and he finished
 with five.
 
 Arizona linebacker Daryl Washington has been particularly effective this
 season and has eight sacks in 10 games, two shy of the franchise's single-
 season mark by a LB (Ken Harvey, 1990).
 
 The Cards can be susceptible to the ground game at times, however, and the
 rams Steven Jackson will aim for his third straight 100-yard rushing effort
 against Arizona.
 
 
 OVERALL ANALYSIS
 
 Something has to give here.  The Rams started an Arizona skid which is closing
 in on two months.  Of course, St. Louis also hasn't won since beating the
 Cards, amassing an a dismal 0-4-1 mark since.
 
 Whisenhunt has generally had the Rams' number and it's hard to imagine him
 getting swept by a team which struggles so much offensively. Figure on a close
 game with home-field advantage proving to be the difference.
 
 Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Cardinals 14, Rams 13
 
 11/23 09:13:19 ET

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