McCaffrey made the Arizona Cardinals quest to win the West tougher
By Sion Fawkes
The Arizona Cardinals got their star player back and responded with a 42-point outing. Unfortunately, one NFC West rival acquired their own star.
The Arizona Cardinals are 3-4, and by some divine miracle, remain in the thick of the NFC West race. To make matters worse for the Cardinals, the combined winning record of the opponents they’ve beaten sits at 4-14. Yes, they have simply taken advantage of bottom-tier competition.
Luckily, it’s still early enough in the season to turn things around and defeat some quality opponents. But the Cardinals, and the rest of the NFC West, will now deal with a legit title contender in the San Francisco 49ers, considering the recent trade that occurred last night while the Redbirds were busy putting up 42 points on the New Orleans Saints amidst DeAndre Hopkins’ return.
McCaffrey could solidify an Arizona Cardinals rival
So far, the Arizona Cardinals are a paltry 0-2 against their NFC West rivals. With McCaffrey coming to town, their chances against the San Francisco 49ers just grew null and void. Especially when you consider the fact that all four opponents the Cardinals lost against have, at worst, a 0.500 record.
And McCaffrey will be an excellent fit for the 49ers backfield. Currently, Jeff Wilson has done an outstanding job, with 400 yards on 81 carries in six games. Enter McCaffrey, and the Niners might just have the best backfield in football.
Not to mention, they also have Deebo Samuel, George Kittle, and Brandon Aiyuk. And don’t forget about the man throwing them the ball, Jimmy Garoppolo. Garoppolo, despite second-year quarterback Trey Lance supplanting him earlier in the season, led the 49ers to the Super Bowl just three seasons ago.
With that in mind, look for the 49ers to become a dominant force in not just the NFC West, but the NFC overall. And with the Cardinals set to face them twice this season, it’s safe to bet they have their work cut out for them.
(Statistics provided by Pro-Football-Reference)
Article Source: Christian McCaffrey traded to 49ers: Biggest questions and what’s next by ESPN