49ers Won't Find Trip To Arizona Easy This WeekendAfter a humbling trip to Pittsburgh in Week 2, the San Francisco 49ers now face another tough road test in Week 3: the first-place Arizona Cardinals. Toss in the potential of a very hot Sunday afternoon in the Valley of the Sun, and the 49ers could be in trouble against Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald. Arizona is 2-0 with dominant wins over the New Orleans Saints and the Chicago Bears. They are for real, and with the Seattle Seahawks off to an 0-2 start, the NFC West could already be in the Cardinals' hands unless the 49ers can pull an upset.
Arizona Cardinals Look To Defy Super Bowl Odds Starting With Carolina PanthersDoes Arizona have enough in the tank to make a deep run and play in its second Super Bowl in franchise history? It looks sketchy at best, but this is why you play the games. Arizona has a tough road to travel to get to the Super Bowl, but it is pointless to worry about that for now. For now, it is all about beating Carolina.
Daily Madden: A Lot Of Questions In NFC WestThe 49ers play the 3-6 Giants in New York Sunday with a chance to move up in the NFC West standings.
Team Grades: Raiders Play Close Again, But No Win YetOverall, the Oakland Raiders played a solid game against one of the best teams in the NFL for the second week in a row. But the Silver & Black still don't have a win in 2014, and that falls on the defense again. The offense is showing life; the defense just is painful to watch every time out.
Raiders Become Last Winless Team In NFL Following Loss To ArizonaThe Raiders are the NFL’s only winless team and in the midst of their worst stretch in more than a half-century.
Opponent Profile: Cardinals Come To Town With Carson Palmer, Hope To Keep Raiders WinlessNext up for the 2014 Oakland Raiders: the Arizona Cardinals, the team currently leading the tough NFC West with a 4-1 record this season. The Cardinals aren't a dominating team, however, and if the Silver & Black can play well for a second week in a row for once, they may have a shot at the upset at the Coliseum.
AFC West Just Looks Tougher And Tougher For Raiders Each WeekIncluding Sunday's Week Five action, the San Diego Chargers are 4-1, the Denver Broncos are 3-1, and the Kansas City Chiefs are 2-3. Each team has a positive points differential, while the Oakland Raiders are 0-4 with a minus-52 differential. Yes, it's going to be a long season for the Silver & Black.
49ers And Cardinals Meet In Week 3, San Francisco Faces First Must-Win Of 2014After losing in week 2, the 49ers will look to bounce back against the Arizona Cardinals. San Francisco will face a must win as they can't afford to drop two in a row, especially with one coming at the hands of a division rival.
San Francisco 49ers Face Red Hot Arizona Cardinals In Regular Season FinaleIn the last game of the season the 49ers and Cardinals will meet in a game that means something for each team. The two are playing well and with plenty on the line will fight for a win until the final whistle.
Daily Madden: No Easy Division Games For 49ersBoth the 49ers and Arizona Cardinals enter their game at Candlestick Sunday with 3-2 records.
Fantasy Vs. Reality: NFL Player Impact Doesn't Always Line UpEvery year around this time, I find myself getting asked the same question over and over again from people who know I enjoy football. “So, who do you like this season?”
Carson Palmer Provides The Cardinals With A Major UpgradeAnybody 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.