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Around the NFC West: Can Cards regain edge?

12/7/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals have lost their edge in recent weeks. They hope to get it back against the Rams. We're talking about the lower-cased edge in this case

Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune says winning one division title isn't enough for the Cardinals. General manager Rod Graves says the organization has "an opportunity to really establish ourselves as the strength of our division for a long time."

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says "playoffs and the Cardinals won't be mutually exclusive anymore." Beating the Rams would help.

Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News says the Cardinals' success has its roots in the Bill Parcells-era Cowboys.

Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle can't remember why the 49ers went with J.T. O'Sullivan over Shaun Hill to start the season.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat outlines key matchups in the Jets-49ers game. Justin Smith vs. Alan Faneca. Eric Heitmann vs. Kris Jenkins. Isaac Bruce vs. Darrelle Revis. Michael Lewis vs. Dustin Keller. And more.

Also from Maiocco: The 49ers have no formal plans to mark the 2-year anniversary since Mark Roman's last interception.

More from Maiocco: The 49ers can beat the Jets by avoiding turnovers and sacks.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee offers a scouting report for the Jets-49ers game. The game might serve as an audition at right tackle, where Adam Snyder and Barry Sims are both expected to get reps.

John Tomase of the Boston Herald looks at the college play that launched Matt Hasselbeck's career at Boston College.

Jose Romero of the Seattle Times says Seahawks rookie John Carlson ranks third among NFC tight ends in receiving yardage.

Frank Hughes of the Tacoma News Tribune says the Seahawks' usual Pro Bowl players might not be heading to Hawaii after this dismal season.

Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald says the Seahawks are 1-5 at home and 1-5 on the road. At least no one is asking about their inability to win away from Qwest Field.

Also from Johnson: The Deion Branch trade hasn't worked out for Seattle, but using a 2007 first-round choice on a receiver might not have produced better results.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams would like to re-sign Oshiomogho Atogwe and Ron Bartell in their secondary.

Also from Thomas: A look at which team has the edge in key areas when the Rams and Cardinals meet in Glendale, Ariz.

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Adam Goldberg will start at right tackle for the Rams after Alex Barron was late for a team meeting. Is this an upgrade?

Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat quotes linebacker Chris Draft as saying "there's a lot of heartache" in the Rams' locker room. Getting a victory would mean more than possibly delaying the Cardinals' division title.

VanRam of Turf Show Times wonders if the Rams are finished with Barron.