The 49ers travel to the desert to face off with the division leading Arizona Cardinals in their 1st division game of the new season. The Cardinals currently possess a 2-0 record while scoring 31 and 48 points in those wins. The Cardinals defense has been one of the best the last few years, but now they have an offense that can put up points in a hurry. With the division possibly being the best in football, these division games are that much more important.
For the Niners to win on Sunday, the Niners offensive line will have to bounce back in a big way. They are going up against a good defensive unit. They will need to open up lanes for Carlos Hyde to run through as well as give time for Colin Kaepernick to throw the ball. Against the Steelers, Colin had no time which resulted in him getting sacked 5 times. If he has time to throw and is able to make runs when needed, the Niners should have a good game.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Niners need to get pressure on Carson Palmer. Most QBs will have a field day passing the football if given the time that Ben Roethlisberger was given last Sunday. Carson Palmer currently has 7 touchdowns to 1 intercepetion and has yet to be sacked. If the pass rush can get to Palmer, the secondary will have an easier time dealing with the big plays. Against the Steelers, the defense was burned by the big plays and the Cardinals have the players to generate those big plays. Eyes will have to be on John Brown. He is the deep threat for the Cardinals.
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