Arizona Cardinals Are 1 of the 3 Unbeaten Teams Left, and More NFC West News

Tyson LanglandNFC West Lead WriterSeptember 24, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 23:  Running back Ryan Williams #34 of the Arizona Cardinals rushes the football against the Philadelphia Eagles during the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Carindals defeated the Eagles 27-6. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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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. 


Arizona Cardinals

Kent Somers of reviews the Cardinals' convincing win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Carter Watson of Bleacher Report begs the question: Are the 2012 Cardinals the 2011 San Francisco 49ers?


San Francisco 49ers

Mark Purdy of looks at how the 49ers' perfect season was derailed in yesterday's loss.

Joe Levitt of Bleacher Report informs us of the five things we should have learned from the loss to the Minnesota Vikings.


Seattle Seahawks

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks are trying to seize the chance to grab national attention against Green Bay.

Jeremy Sickel of Bleacher Report has three bold predictions for tonight's game against the Packers


St. Louis Rams

Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes about Sam Bradford and how the Rams were smacked with a harsh jolt of reality. 

David Heeb of Bleacher Report examines the 10 bonehead mistakes that St. Louis made yesterday against the Bears.