Cardinals vs. Rams: TNF Matchup Is Taking Shape, Plus More NFC West News

Tyson Langland@TysonNFLNFC West Lead WriterOctober 1, 2012

November 27, 2011; St. Louis, MO, USA; Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) returns a 80 yard punt for a touchdown in the second half against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome. Arizona defeated St. Louis 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE

It's another victory Monday for the NFC West. Out of the four teams who played Sunday, the best possible record for the division was 3-1. And by day's end it was an exciting road that led to the West finishing at 3-1.

The San Francisco 49ers got back on the winning track by dominating the New York Jets in every sense of the word. The St. Louis Rams beat their biggest division rival the Seattle Seahawks. And, the Arizona Cardinals nipped the Miami Dolphins late to stay undefeated. After watching all four of these teams battle, my new nickname for the division has become the black and blue division.

There is no easy game anymore as the NFC West is no longer a walk in the park. The 49ers put the West back on the map last year after a 13-3 season under Jim Harbaugh, and it appears as if everyone else in the division realized they needed to step up if they wanted to keep pace. A year ago, this Cardinals vs. Rams matchup would have been the most boring game on Thursday Night Football.  

However, Coach Fisher and the Cardinals defense have primed us for a surely entertaining night of football. The Rams look relatively unbeatable at home, and they didn't even have to score an offensive touchdown en route to victory on Sunday. 

Both Arizona and St. Louis are undefeated in divisional play, yet they both beat Seattle. So it will be interesting to see what happens now that they are playing a different opponent. The Rams pass-defense has been incredible as they lead the NFL with eight interceptions. But, the Cardinals' defense has been equally impressive with one of the best third down defenses in all of football. 

With that, let's take a look at the rest of the news from around the NFC West.


Scott Allen of talks about Arizona's quick turnaround as they will be leaving for St. Louis on Tuesday.

Christopher Amick of Bleacher Report says the Cardinals and the NFC West are changing the NFL.

San Francisco 

Jon Marks of sheds light on Mario Manningham's impressive return to MetLife.

Aaron Nagler of Bleacher Report gives us an early look video style at the 49ers Week 5 matchup against the Bills


Nick Eaton of breaks down the Seahawks ugly offense showing against the Rams.

Darin Pike of Bleacher Report thinks "All Right" shouldn't be good enough when referring to Russell Wilson's level of play.

St. Louis

Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch praises Jeff Fisher for having a steady hand and says it has been the difference in the first four games of the season. 

Matthew Melton of Bleacher Report gives us the five things we learned from the Rams' victory over the Seahawks.