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Monday, October 29, 2012
Around the NFC West: 49ers-Cards preview

By Mike Sando

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Cardinals face a difficult matchup on "Monday Night Football" when the defending NFC West champion San Francisco 49ers visit University of Phoenix Stadium in Week 8.

Here's the thing, though: This game might be the 4-3 Cardinals' easiest for nearly another month.

Arizona visits Green Bay (5-3) in Week 9 and then Atlanta (7-0) in Week 11, following a bye.

Beating the 49ers would secure no worse than a 5-5 record for the Cardinals following that rough stretch. Losing to the 49ers would extend the Cardinals' skid to four games following a 4-0 start to the season. It would also drop Arizona to 3-2 at home (the Cardinals started 3-2 at home last season, then won their final three at University of Phoenix Stadium to salvage a 6-2 home record). Arizona lost at home to Buffalo two weeks ago.

For more on the 49ers-Cardinals matchup, check out the column I wrote Saturday, plus our MNF preview page.