Anybody who watched the Cardinals last year saw that they needed help at the quarterback position. Considering their options, Arizona has to be happy with their off-season addition of Carson Palmer.
The 2013 NFL Draft will take place this week, so let’s take a look at which holes each team in the NFC West needs to fill to have a successful draft.
Matt Flynn is on his way from Seattle to Oakland as the Raiders’ new quarterback, replacing Carson Palmer who appears headed to Arizona. A fifth year pro, Flynn has only started two NFL games. Last season he backed up Seahawks star Russell Wilson.
A sideline iPad app will help coaches and trainers determine if players have suffered a concussion in NFL games next season.
Troubled by the inconsistency of field goal kicker David Akers, the 49ers signed former Redskin Billy Cundiff to compete with Akers.
After a disappointing game last week, San Francisco bounced back against Arizona, and just in time for the playoffs. After a slow start, both sides of the ball woke up in the second half and the team cruised to a relatively easy victory. The 49ers can feel very good as it enters the playoffs with a lot in their favor, as the final week went exactly as they could have hoped.
Michael Crabtree caught touchdown passes of 49 and 7 yards and finished with a career-high 172 yards, leading the 49ers to a 27-13 victory against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
After 16 weeks of football, the 49ers and Cardinals enter the final game banged up. This is not a surprise, due to the nature of the sport, and injuries are something that all teams deal with. In this match-up it’s the 49ers that have more impact players listed as injured, and will be without the services of at least one key player. San Francisco will hope to avoid any more injuries in the season finale, as another injury could be disastrous for their playoff hopes.
The NFC West showdown between the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals, at least on paper, is a complete mismatch. The 49ers are the division leader, preparing for the playoffs, while the Cardinals sit in last place and are getting ready for next year.
There’s still no word on whether injured 49er defensive lineman Justin Smith will play Sunday against the Cardinals, or even be ready for the playoffs.