The Arizona Cardinals may have dominated the first

first_imgThe Arizona Cardinals may have dominated the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys Monday night, but the offensive line could not protect Carson Palmer.The special teams unit gave the Cowboys a short field, and Dallas made enough big plays to beat the Cardinals, 28-17, in Arizona’s home opener.Since 1990 only 24.4 percent of teams that started 1-2 made the playoffs according to ESPN. The good news for the Cardinals is the NFC West is still up for grabs. The Los Angeles Rams are 2-1 but the Seattle Seahawks, the team most thought would win the division, are sitting at 1-2. Top Stories To say that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brian Hoyer needed to take a big step forward in last week’s game against the Los Angeles Rams would qualify as a major understatement.• Injuries are primary concern for 49ers on expiring contracts (Niners Nation)The San Francisco 49ers have some notable players hitting free agency at the end of this season, and many of those players have injuries as their primary concern. I’m not sure who the 49ers will choose to extend before the season is over, but injuries have to be a large factor in those conversations.• 49ers Q&A: Who’s the priority for a contract extension? (Sacramento Bee)Do they wait till after the season to start extension work and who do they try to extend? Tartt looks incredible might be tough for Reid.Tuesday, September 26• 49ers Release Unofficial Week 4 Depth Chart (49ers.com)The San Francisco 49ers communications staff released an updated unofficial depth chart for the team’s Week 4 road game against the Arizona Cardinals.• Reuben Foster, Eric Reid unlikely to return from injury this week (ESPN NFL Nation)So could Foster return as soon as this week against Arizona?“Not right now,” Shanahan said. “I’d be shocked if he came back this week. I’d be surprised. We’re taking it week-to-week. I’m not really expecting him this week, but you never know with some of these athletes. He might be there, but not expecting it right now.” “It’s always good to do your job. That’s what it boils down to,” Goodwin said. “I look forward to building off of what we had last week and keeping it going. We’re ready.” • Keeping it real: Kyle Shanahan, Bruce Arians earn players’ respect with unrelenting honesty (ESPN Nation)Although it was almost exactly five years ago to the day, Arizona Cardinals safety Antoine Bethea still vividly remembers his first taste of coach Bruce Arians’ brutal honesty.• 49ers Sign CB K’Waun Williams to Three-year Contract Extension (49ers.com)“Since joining us this offseason, K’Waun has displayed every trait and characteristic we want to see from our players,” said 49ers General Manager John Lynch. “He is a tremendous competitor on the field and a true professional in our building. K’Waun has continued to get better and better every day and we wanted to ensure he would be a part of what we are building moving forward. I am really excited for both him and our team.”• DeForest Buckner ‘dominating’ but still seeking that extra step (ESPN Nation)The traditional metrics found in a regular NFL boxscore might not show it but San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle DeForest Buckner has been one of the league’s best interior players through the first three weeks of the season.• Carlos Hyde ranks third in NFL in rushing, listed as limited through two Week 4 practices (Niners Nation) • 49ers’ Elvis Dumervil looking to rack up 100th sack (SF Gate)Dumervil, 33, has been doing it so well, for so long, that his sack sheet includes 48 quarterbacks. The laundry list features old Eagles (Donovan McNabb), young Eagles (Carson Wentz) and mid-career Eagles whom Dumervil sacked when they were Steelers (Michael Vick).Friday, September 29• 49ers’ defense eager to atone for last performance (SF Gate)“I cannot wait,” Saleh said Thursday, “I cannot wait for Sunday to see what we’re made of.”Yes, Saleh and the 49ers are quite eager to visit the Cardinals, a game that will take place 10 long days after they followed two promising season-opening performances with a stinker. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo His son was at the forefront of the NFL movement that mushroomed Sunday, but Eric Reid Sr. wasn’t watching as more than 200 players silently protested during the national anthem to shed light on racial injustice in America.Instead, Reid Sr., the father of 49ers safety Eric Reid, was delivering words from the Bible. He did so as players across the league knelt, sat or raised a fist, inspired to protest by President Trump’s angry words delivered Friday.• 49ers want pressure from defensive line full of first-round picks (San Francisco Chronicle)The 49ers? They have three sacks. As a team. After three games.Yes, the pass rush has been a problem.“It wasn’t good enough, you know?” head coach Kyle Shanahan said. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more