July 13, 2017 11:21 GMT by dailymail.co.uk

Arizona Cardinals' Tyrann Mathieu predicts violent clash

Arizona Cardinals' Tyrann Mathieu predicts violent clash

Tyrann Mathieu has promised British NFL fans a 'violent' game when his Arizona Cardinals face the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham in October in an NFC West divisional rivalry clash.

Tyrann Mathieu has promised British NFL fans a 'violent' game when his Arizona Cardinals face the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham in October.

Arizona will take on their divisional rivals at the home of English rugby in one of four NFL London games - two each at Wembley and Twickenham.

And Mathieu believes fans at Twickenham should prepare for a fiery regular season encounter when the NFC West teams clash on October 22.

Tyrann Mathieu said the Arizona Cardinals always enjoy taking on the Los Angeles Rams

Tyrann Mathieu said the Arizona Cardinals always enjoy taking on the Los Angeles Rams

'I'm really looking forward to playing at Twickenham', safety Mathieu told Sportsmail. 'I know it's going to be a sold out crowd.

'It's a divisional game so it's it's going to get really violent. It will be really physical all day. We know them and they know us so it's going to be about whatever team is the most dominant that day.

'We always look forward to playing the Rams and I know they look forward to playing us as well. I'm very excited.'

NFC West rivals Cardinals and LA Rams both missed out on the playoffs last season

NFC West rivals Cardinals and LA Rams both missed out on the playoffs last season

The Rams played against New York Giants in the NFL's first ever game at Twickenham in 2016

The Rams played against New York Giants in the NFL's first ever game at Twickenham in 2016

Last season saw the Cardinals fail to build on their NFC Championship game appearance in 2015, as they faltered to a 7-8-1 record and missed out on the playoffs entirely.

Bruce Arians' team lost two key defensive players this summer in Tony Jefferson and Calais Campbell, who joined the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars respectively.

The Cardinals have sought to offset those departures by bringing in Super Bowl winner Antoine Bethea and taking two other defensive players in the first and second round of the NFL Draft - inside linebacker Haason Reddick and safety Budda Baker.

And while Mathieu feels the defensive void left by Jefferson and Campbell will be hard to fill, he is enthused by the Cardinals' draft selections.

Mathieu predicts the Cardinals will finish top of the NFC West ahead of the Seattle Seahawks

Mathieu predicts the Cardinals will finish top of the NFC West ahead of the Seattle Seahawks

'I don't really know if you can replace the guys we lost. We'll try to,' said Mathieu, who has fully recovered from the shoulder injury that kept him sidelined during the second half of last season.

'We did draft two guys that can come in and help us. Two versatile guys who can play a bunch of different positions so that's gonna help us out as well.'

The NFC West is set to be one of the league's most hotly contested divisions in 2017, with the Seattle Seahawks as strong as ever and the San Francisco 49ers and Rams appearing much improved from 2016.

But when asked how he sees the division shaping up next season, Mathieu showed no hesitation in predicting an overall winner.

'Well I see the Cardinals winning the NFC West. That's how I see it.'

Sportsmail's Robert Cottingham spoke with Mathieu about the upcoming NFL London game

Sportsmail's Robert Cottingham spoke with Mathieu about the upcoming NFL London game

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