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Posted: Saturday, December 26, 2009 5:24 pm | Updated: 2:09 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

The Cardinals already have clinched the NFC West title, and there’s little chance of them grabbing a higher playoff seed. So the two goals today against the hapless Rams are simple: Stay sharp and stay healthy.

RAMS at CARDINALS

When: 2 p.m. today

Where: University of Phoenix Stadium

TV/Radio: Channel 10/KTAR (620 AM)

Records: Arizona 9-5, St. Louis 1-13

Cards look for first 10-win season since '76

THE SKINNY

The Cardinals already have clinched the NFC West title, and there’s little chance of them grabbing a higher playoff seed. So the two goals today against the hapless Rams are simple: Stay sharp and stay healthy. Coach Ken Whisenhunt said he’ll play his starters, but don’t be surprised if Matt Leinart gets some extended playing time so Kurt Warner can rest up for the postseason. The Rams? The less said the better.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

1. Keith Null is the Rams’ starting quarterback. That’s right. Keith Null. If you haven’t heard of him, well, join the crowd. He was St. Louis’ sixth-round pick this year out of West Texas A&M. The Cardinals’ defensive players gorged on Christmas day. They could do the same Sunday, given St. Louis’ offense is Null and Void.

2. This is the perfect game to establish Beanie Wells as the No. 1 back and give him the ball 15 to 20 times. Wells is a terrific talent – as long as he holds onto the ball – and the more confidence the Cardinals can have in their running game heading into the postseason, the better they’ll be.

3. Arizona undoubtedly will stack the box with an additional defender or two to slow down Rams’ running back Steven Jackson, the team’s lone offensive threat. That will put the game in Null’s hands, and that’s a bet the Cardinals are fairly confident they’ll win.

STARTING LINEUPS

Cardinals offense

WR Larry Fitzgerald 

LT  Jeremy Bridges 

LG Reggie Wells 

C Lyle Sendlein 

RG Deuce Lutui 

RT Levi Brown 

TE Stephen Spach 

WR Anquan Boldin 

QB Kurt Warner 

RB Tim Hightower 

FB Dan Kreider

Cardinals defense

DE Calais Campbell

DT Bryan Robinson 

DE Darnell Dockett 

OLB Chike Okeafor 

MLB Karlos Dansby

MLB Gerald Hayes 

OLB Clark Haggans 

RCB Bryant McFadden 

LCB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie 

SS Adrian Wilson 

FS Antrel Rolle

Rams offense

WR Danny Amendola 

TE Randy McMichael 

LT Alex Barron 

LG John Greco 

C Jason Brown

 RG Mark Setterstrom

 RT Adam Goldberg 

WR Donnie Avery 

QB Keith Null 

FB Mike Karney

RB Steven Jackson 

Rams defense

LDE Leonard Little 

LDT Darell Scott 

RDT Clifton Ryan 

RDE Chris Long 

WLB David Vobora 

MLB James Laurinaitis 

SLB Quinton Culberson

CB Ronald Bartell 

SS James Butler 

FS Craig Dahl 

CB Quincy Butler

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