Around the NFC West: Cardinals rarely 2-0

September, 9, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says the Cardinals are looking for their first 2-0 start since 1991. That is truly amazing.

Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic says Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt isn't afraid to dial up trick plays. We saw that Sunday when he sent cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on a deep pass route.

Also from McManaman: Arizona's 18-play drive in the fourth quarter was its longest in 12 years.

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams are expected to work out free-agent receiver Eddie Kennison as they seek help following Drew Bennett's injury. Also, the Rams' season opener drew a poor TV rating in the St. Louis market.

Jeff Gordon of stltoday.com wonders if the Rams will respond to coach Scott Linehan after losing for the 14th time in 17 games.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Linehan entered this season determined to handle defeats more effectively. Now's his chance.

Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat says the Rams' lack of enthusiasm in the opener stemmed from their inability to execute, according to Linehan.

Dave Boling of Seahawks Insider breaks down Mike Holmgren's day-after-game news conference. The Bills' fake field goal might have stretched the rulebook, but that was the least of the Seahawks' concerns following a horrendous opener.

Also from Boling: Nate Burleson was stunned to find out he'll miss the rest of the season. Meanwhile, Matt Hasselbeck is no longer receiving treatment for his back.

And this: "Embarrassing" is the word to describe Seattle's opening-week performance.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says Burleson's injury was of the non-contact variety. He simply planted on the leg.

Also from Farnsworth: A breakdown of the Seahawks' injury situation.

Greg Johns of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says backup quarterback Seneca Wallace might need to play receiver for the Seahawks. If not now, when?

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says the 49ers are considering their options at quarterback while backup Alex Smith awaits word on his shoulder.

Larry Weisman of USA Today assesses the lack of quality receivers in the NFL, something John Clayton touched upon in June.

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