While there are few positives to take from the Cardinals' 41-7 loss in Atlanta, the team came away free of any major injuries. Furthermore, WR Larry Fitzgerald's knee is improving and nearing back to 100 percent. After missing the first two weeks of the season, RB Beanie Wells hopes to practice this week and play in the home opener against the Raiders.
San Francisco's Monday night loss to the Saints was almost as important as a victory to Arizona. The 49ers were expected to snap the Cardinals' reign as back-to-back NFC West champs but dropped to 0-2 following a close loss to New Orleans. Arizona remains in the driver seat of the division, currently tied for first with the Seahawks at 1-1.
The Cardinals' defensive line was supposed to be the team's strength heading into the season but was manhandled by the Falcons in Week 2. Atlanta racked up 221 yards on the ground while averaging nearly 5 yards per carry. Even more disturbing is that third-string RB Jason Snelling did the majority of the damage after Michael Turner and Jerious Norwood went down with injuries.
QB Derek Anderson continues to struggle with his accuracy and has already taken several big hits during the first two weeks of the season. Anderson and coach Ken Whisenhunt vowed that his accuracy has been improving but Anderson is completing just 54 percent of his passes so far. In addition, he's been sacked on four occasions and knocked down seemingly countless times.
With two straight games against playoff contenders in Weeks 4 and 5 (San Diego and New Orleans), the Cardinals' home opener against Oakland is a must-win game. Should Arizona drop Sunday's matchup against the Raiders, a 1-4 start could be on the horizon heading into the team's bye week.
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