This Monday, the San Francisco 49ers will meet the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona. The two teams are fighting for the division, but are headed in two totally different directions. The 49ers are 5-2 and have been winning with great defense, but a sketchy offense. Arizona has done much of the same, but has had key losses on offense that will make things tough for their continued success. Injuries at quarterback and running back have nearly crippled the team and a loss this week would all but seal their fate.
The 49ers come into the game after a 13-6 victory over the Seahawks last Thursday. They should be a little healthier after the long break and will look to extend their lead in the division by putting more space between them and the 4-3 Cardinals. A loss, however, would tie the two team’s records at 4-3. This would be especially disheartening for the 49ers that just got some space between them and the Seahawks with last weeks win. More confusing would be if both the Seahawks and Cardinals win this week. That would put the division in a 3-way tie.
The Cardinals certainly have an uphill battle to get a win away from home this week though. They will be missing Kevin Kolb again this week and have been rattled with injuries in the backfield as well. Larod Stevens-Howling did fill in well last week, however, gaining more than 100 yards on the ground while finding the end zone. Either way, Monday Night Football will teach us a lot about the NFC West this week.