As I briefly mentioned in my game review last night, it has been a long while since the Arizona Cardinals have started 3-0. When I was researching just how long it had been I wasn't expecting to have to go back 38 years. 38 years ago in 1974 the Cardinals were still playing football in St. Louis, so yes this is the first time the team has won its first three games of the season while in Arizona.
Arizona's move to 3-0 leaves it as one of the three unbeaten teams left in the NFL. Houston and Atlanta make up the other two teams. If you would have told me before the season started that the Cardinals, Falcons and Texans would be the three remaining undefeated teams after Week 3, then I would have laughed at you.
However, thanks in large part to the Cardinals' defense I'm no longer surprised. Even though their offense showed some signs of life yesterday, I still am not completely sold that they can ride their defense all season long. Don't get me wrong—I know their defense will show up weekly. However, there will be a time especially late in the season where this team needs a comeback, and I'm not sure that Kevin Kolb will be able to do it.
It was refreshing to see Larry Fitzgerald get more involved yesterday as he posted his first 100-yard game since 2011. Ryan Williams also had a strong bounce-back performance after he almost cost Arizona the victory in Week 2. He averaged 6.3 yards per carry and outperformed Beanie Wells for the first time this season.
In Week 4 they host the Miami Dolphins, so it's quite possible that I will be writing about them being the only 4-0 team left in the NFL at this time next week.
With that, let's take a look at the rest of the news around the NFC West.
San Francisco 49ers
Mark Purdy of InsideBayArea.com looks at how the 49ers' perfect season was derailed in yesterday's loss.
St. Louis Rams