Sunday's 23-6 loss at Chicago was an uncomfortable flashback to 2011, when the Rams were at the bottom of the NFL with a 12-point scoring average.
Minus All-Stars Yadier Molina and Carlos Beltran from the starting lineup, the Cardinals stayed 2½ games ahead of Milwaukee for the second wild-card spot.
Ryan Succop kicked six field goals, one to force overtime in the final seconds and another from 31 yards to lift the Kansas City Chiefs to a 27-24 victory over the Saints.
Major Wright returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown, and Chicago beat the St. Louis Rams 23-6 on Sunday.
Carlos Santana added his team-leading 18th homer, a three-run drive, during a seven-run ninth.
Billy Butler became the first Royals player to drive in at least 100 runs since Carlos Beltran had 100 RBIs in 2003.
Carlos Beltran hit a tying solo home run in the ninth and Jon Jay doubled in the winning run an inning later as the Cardinals bolstered their bid for another playoff appearance with a 5-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.
The pitcher returned to the mound for the first time since winning Game 7 of the World Series against the Texas Rangers.
Danny Amendola tied an NFL record with 12 first-half receptions in Week 2. The St. Louis Rams' wide receiver might get some extra attention this week at Chicago.
Carpenter will make his first start of the season Friday against the Cubs. He's returning less than two months after undergoing surgery to relieve a nerve ailment.
Beltran snapped a sixth-inning tie with a two-run, pinch-hit double, and Allen Craig hit a three-run homer, powering the Cardinals to a 5-4 victory Thursday that held their cushion in the NL wild card race.
Chicago wasted an early lead of 3-0 and lost to the Royals for the ninth time in their last 11 meetings.
The Cardinals, who have won seven straight against Houston, moved two games ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the race for the second wild card spot in the National League.
Royals pitcher Bruce Chen (11-12) scattered five hits and three walks over 6 2-3 innings to win for just the second time in six starts. Royals pitchers shutout the White Sox to stave off official postseason elimination.
Romeo Crennel is Kansas City's defensive coordinator and new head coach. With an 0-2 start, he has yet to prove that he can pull double duty.
Bradford was sacked 36 times in 10 games last season and hit repeatedly, missing six games with a high left ankle sprain. Despite the rotating cast, he's been sacked five times the first two games this year — not bad behind such a jumbled line.
Due for free agency after the season, Lohse leads the majors with a winning percentage of .833 and is among the National League leaders with a 2.71 ERA. He led the Cardinals to a 4-1 victory over the Houston Astros Tuesday night.
Floyd pitched seven crisp innings, Alex Rios hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh and the White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 on Tuesday night for their fifth consecutive win.
Former Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert is expected to play this Sunday at Indianapolis after leaving last Sunday's frustrating 27-7 loss to Houston with an injury.
Kansas City police launched an undercover effort in early July to reduce illegal drinking at the stadium. In six operations, police arrested more than 100 minors — and a few parents, too, for providing alcohol to their children.