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Old 10-27-2017, 00:05   #1
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Cardinals handling 49ers this season but

This did not sound like the coach of a team that was one game away from the Super Bowl last year, and on everybodys list of favorites this year.To be fair, though, on Sunday the Cardinals didnt look like anybodys Super Bowl contender, again, or even a playoff contender. Even though they won.I think a team that was done wouldve folded, coach Bruce Arians said after his team survived the 49ers 23-20 on a field goal on the last play of the game.FANTASY: Week 11 waiver wire must-have pickupsWere 1-0 in our second half, Arians added. They are hard to get in this league. Well take them however we can get them.The Cardinals are now 4-4 Jalen Richard Jersey -1. They hadnt won in four weeks (a lo s, a tie and a bye), and even now, going into Week 11, they havent been over .500 yet this season. Theyve talked about putting last year behind them and taking nothing for granted and showing some heart, and yet theyve just looked underwhelming every week in spite of so much talent and so much returning from last season.But back up for a second.They needed to go to the last play of the game to beat the 49ers. Even with the Browns still winle s, they make a solid case as the worst team in the NFL. The Cardinals were at home. They were supposed to have gotten the uninspired, underachieving football out of their systems by now.MORE: Cardinals- Art Shell Jersey 49ers Stats, info, highlightsThey havent. They know it, hence the words by Arians and the tone of everything around them. And, of course, the close call Sunday, in which they never pulled away from a team thats terrible on both sides of the ball (and on special teams, as they fumbled on a first-half punt return).The Cardinals made the historically-bad defense look like the Steel Curtain, and they made Colin Kaepernick, still scraping off a year-plus of rust and ineffectivene s, look like the guy who went to the Super Bowl four years ago.Carson Palmer even threw a ghastly interception to give the 49ers a chance to score the late, game-tying touchdown. That Palmer then led the drive to the winning field goal only raised the question, Why did that take so long?Thats practically been the Cardinals season-long theme. The league has been waiting for Justin Ellis Jersey them to straighten up since at least Week 3, the inexplicable blowout lo s in Buffalo. Theyve won back-to-back games once.MORE: NFL Week 10 stats that stand outAs Arians said, they cant afford to be picky but their four wins are against the 49ers twice, the Buccaneers and the Jets, all with losing records. Two lo ses, meanwhile, are to the Rams and Panthers.How close they are to the Seahawks in the NFC West depending on Sunday nights game at New England wont matter if they continue to be the least reliable team in the conference. If the 49ers at home are a crapshoot, Lyle Alzado Jersey then no game can be a sumed to be winnable.Arians pretty much admitted the consequences of po sibly losing Sunday: Its over if you dont win it at home. It really is. Now its where it needs to be.Maybe. For the Cardinals, it hasnt been where it needed to be all season.
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