No. 1: Arizona is going to be a problem in the years to come
The Cardinals finish the season 0-2 against the 49ers, but nobody could say they did it without putting up a solid fight.
After falling behind 21-7 at halftime of the first game on Thursday Night Football, the Cardinals stormed back with 18 second half points to the Niners’ lone touchdown, but it wasn’t enough to take victory.
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And then, of course, on Sunday they jumped out to the 16-0 lead, and also had leads of 19-17 late in the third and 26-23 midway through the fourth during the matchup. The 49ers proved too much, and the Cardinals fell again.
But Kyler Murray is going to be a problem for 49ers and the rest of the NFC West for years to come, as he matures into an even better quarterback. And more time to build up the weapons around him, along with improvement on the defensive side of the ball, is going to make Arizona a tough team moving forward.
They’re young, too, which means the 49ers, if they are looking to take control of their division for the next few years, might see the Cardinals as one of their main adversaries. Even if Arizona remains the worst team in the NFC West, it still might be a better team than other third- or fourth-place finishers in other divisions.
The 49ers finally broke the Cardinals recent stranglehold of the matchup with two wins in 2019, but these contests suggest this clash will continue to be an excellent one for years to come.