Cardinals off to best start in 40 years

The Arizona Cardinals are off to the their best start since the days of Dobler, Dierdorf and Coryell.

The Arizona Cardinals are in first-place in what was thought to be the NFL's best division, and their 7-1 record is the franchise's best start in 40 years.

The 1974 St. Louis Cardinals started 7-0 before losing to the Cowboys. This year's Cardinals _ now playing in Arizona_ are 7-1 after winning 28-17 at Dallas Sunday.

The 1974 team finished 10-4 and lost to the Minnesota Vikings in the playoffs.

The team was coached by Don Coryell and featured an offense that included quarterback Jim Hart, guard Conrad Dobler, running back/return specialist Terry Metcalf and receiver Mel Gray. The defense featured future Hall of Famers Dan Dierdorf and Roger Wehrli.

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