49ers pound the Cardinals, take control of the NFC West

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In case there was any doubt, the 49ers are the class of the NFC West.

The Cardinals had a chance to make a statement on Monday night in Arizona, but the 49ers came to town and came out swinging, jumping out to an early lead and never looking back on the way to an easy 24-3 win. The victory improves the 49ers’ record to 6-2, and they’re now two games ahead of both the Cardinals and the Seahawks in the NFC West, and the 49ers have the head-to-head tiebreaker advantage over both teams as well. Only a complete collapse over the second half of the season can keep the 49ers from winning the division.

And these 49ers don’t look like there’s any danger of a collapse. Quarterback Alex Smith had his best game, running the offense just about flawlessly while completing 18 of 19 passes for 232 yards, with three touchdowns and no interceptions. There had been talk heading into tonight’s game that Smith was falling out of favor in San Francisco, and possibly even that he should be looking over his shoulder at backup Colin Kaepernick. Instead, Kaepernick watched from the sideline as Smith turned in a brilliant game.

The 49ers also got big games from receiver Michael Crabtree, running backs Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter, and even the 35-year-old Randy Moss, who looked like he had found a fountain of youth when he caught a short pass and raced 47 yards to the end zone for a touchdown.

The Cardinals’ offense was a disaster, with quarterback John Skelton only moving the ball effectively late in the game when the 49ers had already put it out of reach. And the 49ers totally shut down the Cardinals’ running game.

Arizona started the season 4-0 and looked like a playoff contender, but things change quickly in the NFL. The Cardinals are now 4-4, and the 49ers are the only team in the NFC West that looks like a contender.

37 responses to “49ers pound the Cardinals, take control of the NFC West

  1. Fast start teams: Cardinals, Seahawks, Cowboys (for a game tee hee hee), Vikings.

    Where are they now?

  2. Wow, only four weeks ago this website was proclaiming the Cards as the class of the NFC West when they started 4-0. Now they look like the 4-12 team everyone knew they really were going to be this year. The O-Line has got to be one of the worst in the NFL and the defense looked lost and made Alex Smith look like Joe Montana. And how many times did Patrick Peterson either get burned by Crabtree or fail to properly tackle? Aldon Smith, 2 sacks. Peterson gave up 2 TDs. The 49ers are the class of the NFC West. And it’s not even close.

  3. Arizona was using what amounts to a kick returner at running back, and a shamble of an online. Having lost so many starters, it will be hard for hem to win many more games.

  4. Dismantled the Cardinals. They need an offensive line before a QB. Can’t run block, can’t pass block. Alex exposed the cardinals defense and Crabtree broke Peterson’s ankle. And the rest of them were too humbled to tackle Moss.

  5. As a 49ers fan I’m still cautiously optimistic that this 49ers offense can get things done. We all know the defense will come through, but man the offense can look bad at times. I’m interested to see how they do against Chicago, although I do feel the Bears are overrated based on their rather soft schedule.

  6. Was his one incompletion from a drop pass? I think it was but nobody has mention it…I could be wrong tho

  7. Dude 8 sacks is cool, like Gruden said he will be sure to get paid, but Alex Smith completed 18 of 19 passes and 3 tds Cardinals no tds gameover. How does that stat sound now?

  8. Statement game to the rest of the West. Niners defense is too fierce! And for all of the Harbaugh haters. Just look at the tv screen and watch the wins pile up!!!

  9. LOL @ John Gruden…
    “What a come back for Randy Moss after missing a while year.”

    2 touchdowns and barely 10 catches in 8 weeks… what a come back haha!

  10. As mediocre as Kolb can be at times, it’s clear he’s much better than Skelton. There are several QBs who don’t even have teams right now that would be an upgrade over Skelton.

  11. only contender??? really??? cant wait til seattle makes you EAT THOSE WORDS!!!!! just plain ignorant.. soon very soon the seahawks will take back their rightful place at the top of the west!!!! BOOK IT

  12. “…the 49ers are the only team in the NFC West that looks like a contender.”

    Seattle Seahawks don’t look like a playoff contender? Really?

    Whatever… how bout we let them decide that when 49ers come up and play in Seattle in December? Looking forward to that… I’ll take my chances with Russell Wilson and Beastmode over Alex Smith and Frank Gore (What are chances Gore not hurt by then)?

  13. That is an incredible (record breaking) stat line for Alex. Good for him. And the one incompletion was a drop, wow.

  14. “There had been talk heading into tonight’s game that Smith was falling out of favor in San Francisco, and possibly even that he should be looking over his shoulder at backup Colin Kaepernick”

    Only from a very tiny minority of dumb fans who are unhappy with a 6-2 record.

    Not even the media has proposed such a stupid thing.

  15. roastmeforbeingacardsfan says:

    “At least mention Daryl Washington having 8 sacks at ILB before you call us all the names in the book including the 2012 version of the 2011 bills”

    To quote the great Justin Smith: individual stats are for losers.

  16. Wow its amazing the hate this website has for the seahawks. 49ers are the only team in the west that looks like a contender? While i like this notion, the cards are only a qb away from being a completely legit team and the seahawks have that piece but he is taking his time getting there. By the end of the season i would expect the hawks at least to be in contention for a wild card with their ridiculously easy schedule.

  17. I’ll take the game manager Alex Smith who wins games vs the 400 yards a game Newton and Romo types that cant win when it counts.

  18. alphabeta49er says:
    Oct 30, 2012 3:12 AM
    physically this game might be the beatdown of the year


    Yeah right! Don’t you mean when the Giants handed your niners their jocks a few weeks ago? Sorry, but beating up on a paper tiger does not make you a true contender.

    Also, love the talk by Seahawks fans. By the way, Tom Brady isn’t mad any more. LOL – NFC West

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