Two of the five teams with perfect gear this season share the top of the National Conference West. After Sunday, one of them will inevitably lose their undefeated status.
Arizona (3-0) seeks its best start since 2012 with Kyler Murray, DeAndre Hopkins and an offense that is tied for the NFL lead. with 34.3 points per game. The last time the Arizona Cardinals started 3-0, in 2015, they advanced to the conference finals.
Los Angeles Rams (3-0), seeking their second 4-0 start in five seasons under coach Sean McVay, proved their brand is not the work of chance after dethroning the champions Tamp Bay Buccaneers last week. The formula? Veteran Matthew Stafford leading an explosive attack and Aaron Donald leading an aggressive defense.
Defenses could have a long Sunday at SoFi Stadium. Murray and the Cardinals have at least 31 points in each of their three meetings this year, the offense has surpassed 400 yards each time and Murray has 10 touchdowns, seven through the air and three on the ground.
The Rams aren’t exactly far behind when it comes to offensive production. As a unit, they are the third-best offense in the NFL at 31.7 points per game; Stafford is second in the NFL in touchdown passes (9) and rating (129.8) and has made an excellent dumbbell in his first season in Los Angeles with wide receiver Cooper Kupp, who leads the league in yards (367). and touchdown receptions (five).
REST OF THE WEEK
The fourth week began on Thursday, when the Bengals (3-1) beat the Jaguars (0-4) 24-21, thanks to a field goal by Evan McPherson when time was running out.
The day will continue on Sunday with the following matches: Washington (1-2) in Atlanta (1-2); Texans (1-2) at Buffalo (2-1); Detroit (0-3) at Chicago (1-2); Panthers (3-0) at Dallas (2-1); Indianapolis (0-3) in Miami (1-2); Cleveland (2-1) at Minnesota (1-2); NY Giants (0-3) at New Orleans (2-1); Tennessee (2-1) at NY Jets (0-3); Kansas City (1-2) at Philadelphia (1-2); Seattle (2-1) at San Francisco (2-1); Baltimore (2-1) at Denver (3-0); and Pittsburgh (1-2) at Green Bay (2-1). The star of the night between Buccaneers (2-1) and Patriots (1-2).
The week concludes Monday night with the surprising Raiders (3-0) visit Los Angeles to face the Chargers (2-1). Las Vegas has won three of the last four in the series.