clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

NFC West Report Week 3: Arizona Cardinals

New, comments

The Arizona Cardinals were a mess in Buffalo

Carson Palmer struggled all day against the Bills defense.
Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Now that Week 3 action is in the books, Niners Nation takes a look around the NFC West. We started with the Seattle Seahawks, and now we look at the Arizona Cardinals.

NFC West Standings after Week 3

Week 3 result: 33-18 Loss to the Buffalo Bills

Silver lining - the 49ers weren’t the only NFC West team to endure an embarrassing defeat Sunday. The Cardinals, widely considered a championship contender coming into the season, were on the wrong end of an equally awful performance.

Apparently firing offensive coordinator Greg Roman really was exactly what the Buffalo Bills needed to get their defense going. Carson Palmer threw four interceptions in the 4th quarter, but the Bills defense had the Cardinals number long before that. They forced the Cardinals to go 3-and-Out on their first five possessions, building a 30-7 lead by midway through the 3rd quarter.

The Cardinals ineptitude Sunday was a full team effort, as the defense allowed the Bills to rush for 208 yards at 6.5 yards per carry. Not to be outdone, the special teams gave up a TD of their own, via botched snap on what should have been a chip shop field goal attempt. Patrick Peterson had a highlight reel interception, so there’s that.

Next Up: The suddenly dangerous 2-1 Los Angeles Rams

It’s still early in the season, but this really is a “must win” for the Cardinals. Falling to 1-3 in an extremely strong NFC field of contenders would shrink Arizona’s playoffs odds dramatically. Having lost at home to the Rams in Week 4 last season, that outcome is a very real possibility. Facing Todd Gurley, the Cardinals run defense will need to sort itself out after allowing the 4th most rush yards in the NFL through three weeks.

Biggest headlines:

Receiver Michael Floyd entered concussion protocol Tuesday. He’ll be a free agent in 2017, and his slow start this season might impact his long term status in Arizona.

Former 49ers Guard Mike Iupati continues to play well. His pass protection might have been a question in San Francisco, but he seems to have improved in that area in AZ.