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NFC West standings: Cardinals lose on ‘Monday Night Football’

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The Cardinals are 1-2 after losing to the Cowboys, and the Rams have the lead in the NFC West.

Dallas Cowboys v Arizona Cardinals Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Rams, once again, have sole possession of the NFC West division after three weeks of play. The Rams are 2-1, and the Arizona Cardinals failed to tie it up with them after losing to the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football.

Los Angeles, of course, beat the 49ers on Thursday, while the Seattle Seahawks lost a heartbreaker to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. The Cardinals played decent football on Monday, but were two scores down of the Cowboys by the time the game ended.

Carson Palmer threw for 325 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but was sacked six times for a loss of 42 yards. That’s going to be the key for the 49ers: hit Palmer a lot. He can’t handle this entire season with how poorly the offensive line has been playing in front of him.

DeForest Buckner, Solomon Thomas and the rest of the defensive front for the 49ers will need to get to Palmer early and often when they play the Cardinals in Week 4. If anything, the Cardnials looked very beatable on Monday, especially as they only managed to sack Dak Prescott once, and only rushed for 49 yards a team.

The 49ers haven’t been completely dominated by single receivers thus far this season, but they’ll need to watch out for Larry Fitzgerald, as the veteran is coming off a 13-catch, 149-yard performance against Dallas on Monday.

Anyway ... how long can the Rams keep this up? They weren’t amazing or anything against the 49ers, and their other win was them beating up on the Indianapolis Colts. They have the Cowboys, Seahawks, Jacksonville Jaguars and Cardinals as their next four games, so it should be interesting.