In his first NFL start, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Ryan Lindley tossed four interceptions, including two that were returned for touchdowns, as the Red Birds dropped their seventh consecutive game, 31-17 to the St. Louis Rams Sunday in Glendale.
The loss dropped the Cards to 4-7 and their playoff hopes are very dim. The Rams (4-6-1) swept the season series between the two clubs.
Lindley, a rookie from San Diego State, threw for 312 yards with no touchdowns and was sacked just once. Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins returned interceptions 36 and 39 yards for touchdowns, the second one giving St. Louis a 28-17 lead with 2:28 remaining in the third quarter. Arizona was outscored 17-0 in the second half.
The defeat ruined the return of running back Beanie Wells, who had missed his last seven games with a turf toe injury. Wells rushed for 48 yards on 17 carries and scored two touchdowns.
Once again, Larry Fitzgerald was held in check with three catches for 31 yards. Andre Roberts paced the receiving attack with nine receptions for 92 yards while tight end Rob Housler had his best game as a pro with eight catches for 82 yards.
Rams running back Steven Jackson led all rushers with 139 yards on 24 carries. Wide receiver Chris Givens had five catches for 116 yards and a TD to pace their receiving corps.
The Cardinals travel to the Meadlowlands to take on the Jets next Sunday in a battle of disappointing 4-7 squads.
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