Cardinals roll over 49ers for third consecutive double-digit win

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The Cardinals’ 47-7 win over the 49ers Sunday was over shortly after it started.

About six minutes in, to be exact.

It’s been a good September for the 3-0 Cardinals, who have won all three games by double digits and have outscored their opponents 126-49. Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald are partying like it’s 2009, and the defense has been good, too. Tyrann Mathieu had two of the career-worst four interceptions 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick threw on Sunday.

Fitzgerald has five touchdown catches in the last two weeks. Chris Johnson, signed in August as an insurance policy in August, ran for 110 yards on the 49ers. The Cardinals outgained the 49ers, 446-156.

Are the Cardinals built to last? Palmer staying healthy is probably the biggest key to that, but there are opportunities ahead to keep stacking wins and building on what’s already a two-game lead in the NFC West.

The 49ers are 1-2, and they’re the only team the Cardinals have played that has recorded a win. So, nobody’s crowning the Cardinals yet but the Cardinals’ next five games are vs. the Rams, at the Lions, at a probably Ben Roethlisberger-less Steelers, vs. the Ravens and at the Browns.

The Cardinals have an opportunity to build this start into a really impressive win streak — or, even with a loss or two along the way, a lead in the division by the time the second half of the season rolls around. Nobody wins a trophy for anything that happens in September, but the Cardinals have to feel good about where they are.

46 responses to “Cardinals roll over 49ers for third consecutive double-digit win

  1. I’m a Niners fan through and through..its week 3 and today was terrible. Next week is Green Bay and we at them very well. Its not a must win yet but it’s getting pretty close to it. I’ll be the first to admit that through the first 3 games I’ve seen so far, there’s only 2 words that come to mind: we suck. Still time to correct it but we gotta do that fast!

  2. Wilson and Krap have finally been exposed for what they are much like rg3. Only took longer since they’ve managed to stay healthy and have had good d’s to cover for them.

  3. Today’s game was a lesson in absolute dominance. The Cardinals owned that game from beginning to end. I think most of us who took the Cards minus the points were thinking a 10-14 point win, not a boat race.

  4. You can tell Kaepernick has been working on his progressions. He really was spreading the ball around. He’s the man.

  5. Cardinals go for it late on 4th down late in the 4th quarter up by 30+ points, and then after they get the 1st down they go for the TD instead of just running out the clock and kicking the field goal?

    The football gods will exact their revenge for this sin.

  6. Wow… I thought the beatdown they administered last week was just cause of how bad the Bears are but it might be time to call the Cardinals legit.

  7. On behalf of Cardinals fans everywhere, a big shout out to the Baake/York braintrust.

    While it appears the Cards could handle it on both sides of the ball, the extra help provided by those big brains looks to insure countless wins against the 49ers in the future.

    Run Anquan, get out if you can.

  8. harrisbarton says:
    Sep 27, 2015 8:48 PM
    Cardinals go for it late on 4th down late in the 4th quarter up by 30+ points, and then after they get the 1st down they go for the TD instead of just running out the clock and kicking the field goal?

    The football gods will exact their revenge for this sin.

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    It really wasn’t about running up the score. It was about working on things that they don’t have a lot of time to work on in practice. The new practice rules don’t give teams as much time to work on some things as they would like. So when you have a big lead in a game that’s a good time to start practicing some of the plays that you maybe don’t have enough time to practice much.

  9. Looks like the Niners are going to have to simplify the playbook for Kaep some more. If that’s possible.

  10. osiris33 says:
    Sep 27, 2015 9:09 PM
    Heard all this same stuff last year. 54-9.

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    The 19-3 game in Seattle was with Stanton and the 35-6 game was against arguably the worst Cardinals QB of all time in Lindley. Palmer takes that team to an entirely different level and that has been especially true in the last 2 seasons.

  11. We need to play the Vikings 16 times. That was disastrous.

    Hats off to a great game by Arizona, what a way to continue your dominance this season. Nothing you guys showed us can doubt that you have what it takes to win the division. Those pick 6’s highlighted what kind of game this would be.

    To me being Faithful means bridging strength with loyalty, I am and will be. But York and his carpet bagging family have done more harm to this team than any loss of talent or injury could ever hope to achieve. In his hubris, he dismantled a Super Bowl contender into the laughable cellar dweller we were at the start of the century.
    I’m glad he’s happy using our stadium as a concert venue as opposed to focusing on producing a winning football team because it cements his legacy as a greedy buffoon over an NFL “owner”. Hell, even Jerry Jones WANTS his team to win.

    Kaep didn’t help himself with that performance today, dumb decisions leading to horrible consequences. And down 21 points and we still run it up the middle for a 3 and out AWESOME.

    Well at least next week we have a shot … oh wait.

    GO NINERS.

  12. jmh1982 says:
    Sep 27, 2015 9:17 PM
    osiris33 says:
    Sep 27, 2015 9:09 PM
    Heard all this same stuff last year. 54-9.

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    The 19-3 game in Seattle was with Stanton and the 35-6 game was against arguably the worst Cardinals QB of all time in Lindley. Palmer takes that team to an entirely different level and that has been especially true in the last 2 seasons.
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    You’re right. I’m sure if Palmer had played in both Seahawks games it woul have more like 54-20 combined.

  13. Hey, last time my boys played a Carson Palmer led Cardinals team, they came into our house, three 4 picks and still beat us, I was there like I always am, so kudos and much respect. This division comes down to Sea and AZ.

  14. @osiris33

    The last time Carson played your team, the Cardinals won. As usual, the Seahawks are looking up at the Cardinals in the standings.

  15. Where’s all the outrage for the Cardinals running up the score and keeping the oft injured Carson Palmer in the came deep into the 4th still throwing? Oh, I’m sorry. I forgot, that’s only a problem when the Patriots do it. Carry on.

  16. More impressive than the Cards are the Patriots mission to steam-roll and beat one-sidedly every team whose ownership backed Goodell’s conspiracy to hang bogus unsubstantiated charges on Brady.

    It will be interesting to see if the Patriots can actually do this all season long and into the playoffs.

  17. PFTneedsToBringCommentSystemToThe21stCentury says:

    osiris33 says:
    I Heard all this same stuff last year. 54-9
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    I laugh at this entire notion. Ancient history. The worst kind of fan is a delusional fan. Don’t count on this happening again.
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    I don’t. I think the Seahawks will probably outscore the Cards 54-30 this time around.

  18. Lots of respect, ctiggs.

    Seahawks with only one offensive TD and 4 field goals vs a bad Bears team. 2 games back against a Cardinals team that could very well be 6-0 soon. I’m not sure my team will do much better against them.

  19. This is the nfl, the players are paid professional. Most coaches would go on on 4th and 1 foot instead of kicking a fg when up big. College you should take ur foot off the gas, not pros.

  20. Bruce Arians is ruthless. The game is 40-7 and he chooses to leave Palmer in and go for a fourth and 1. He’s facing a high school team, guy should relax.

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    You mean like Pete Carroll going for it on 4th down when the Seahawks blew out the Cardinals 58-0 one year? Get real, BA & the Cardinals running game was trying to run out the clock, and they did that by picking up that 1st down. Not the Cardinals fault that SF’s run defense was terrible. It’s their job to stop the run.

  21. It appears the Cardinals have assembled a good assortment of players in all three parts of the game… Offense, defense and special teams.

    2 of the 3 segments scored points today. The offense, without 2 starters, was dominate. The defense was a thing of beauty. The special teams unit was good but we didn’t score points on a kickoff or a punt return. They need to step up next week.😉

    The sin of continuing to play your best players until the game is over is a myth!!! Arians told his players at halftime to keep their feet on their throats and finish the game to the best of your ability.

    He’s also said he plays all 60 minutes as hard and aggressive as he can. Weather he’s coaching in the NFL, College, High School or Junior High. I like that attitude.

  22. Chargers fan here. Just wanted to give props to the Cards and hoping they win the division. You guys deserve another deep playoff or Super Bowl run. I’m sick of seeing the same teams every year in December, January and February. “Parity”? What parity?

    Your season last year started so well (including a week one win over my bolts). Stay healthy and keep stomping on your opponents!

  23. where year-round as usual the Cardinals will be watching the seahawks from the couch this post season.. You made that too easy..

    In real life the cards are a very good team but their defense is new and had the fortunate luck of playing low-level offenses. I expect the cards to make the playoffs and if healthy make a run but honestly as a hawks fan I’ve seen this all before. Slow starts average defense and offense then about half way through the year they start to dominate more and more as their depth and mentality takes them over the top.

    Good luck the cards are a great squad but let’s not act like Seattle isn’t still the king of the division until dethroned.

  24. As a Niners fan, I’m pulling for AZ to take the NFC. Most complete team in the NFL. Palmer gotta stay healthy and they got a real shot at the show this season.

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