The last month or so has been a good time to have a team named the ‘Cardinals.’ The St. Louis Cardinals went on an all-time run for their franchise last month to claim the NL’s second Wild Card slot, and so far the Arizona Cardinals have played some great football to remain undefeated after four weeks of NFL action. Sunday’s win came over the LA Rams, a 37-20 road romp, and it was courtesy of another fine showing from quarterback Kyler Murray. He threw for 268 yards on 24-32 passing and had two touchdown tosses while running back Chase Edmonds carried the ball for an impressive 120 yards on just 12 carries.
Having trailed 10-7 after the first against the previously unbeaten Rams, they never looked back, scoring two quick-fire second-quarter touchdowns to ease away. They led by a ton lately, and a TD in the last minute from Matthew Stafford and co. only made the score look slightly more respectable. The Cardinals are the only 4-0 team currently, and they could remain the only unbeaten if the Raiders lose to the Chargers on Monday Night Football. If the Raiders win, there will be two teams at 4-0 while all others will have at least one loss. Meanwhile, the game that got the most attention from the media and fans alike this week saw Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, defending Super Bowl champions, travel to take on the New England Patriots. It was far from a classic, but when the dust had settled it was Brady that came out on top over Belichick as the Pats missed a last-minute field goal to fall 19-17 at the hands of the Bucs. Ryan Succop kicked four field goals for the visitors, one of which came with 1:57 on the board, to give his team a difficult win. In other action, Dak Prescott racked up four passing TD’s as the Dallas Cowboys beat the Carolina Panthers 36-28 and the Green Bay Packers rode a big second quarter to eventually take a 27-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Both of those victors are now 3-1, and it is notable that Dallas’ win ended Carolina’s perfect start.