Cardinals look to rev up run game

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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- By losing their last two games, the Arizona Cardinals aren't exactly rushing toward their first division title in 33 years.

In fact, they aren't rushing anywhere these days.

Arizona ranks 32nd in the NFL in rushing, averaging 76.4 yards per game, less than half as many as the league-leading New York Giants.

Relief could be on the way. On Sunday, the Cardinals play host to the lowly St. Louis Rams, who are 30th in rush defense.

A victory would give the Cardinals their first division title since 1975 and guarantee the second home playoff date in club history. The first came in 1947, when the Cardinals nested in Chicago.

The only thing that stands in their way is St. Louis at 2-10. The last time the two teams played, Arizona romped for a season-high 177 yards in a 34-13 victory on Nov. 2 in St. Louis.

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