Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/19/14
As far back as week 5, the San Francisco 49ers (5-2) and Arizona Cardinals (4-3) topped the critic’s lists of buy or sells. Though the 49ers dipped slightly after a tough loss to the New York Giants, growing expectations again commence with the team considered in the top-three in the National Football League according to many power rankings. On the other hand, the downward spiral of those football Redbirds started after week four possibly approaching consecutive loss number five on Monday night in Phoenix.     For the Niners, few questions resound, though some still reside. Despite the offensive explosion against Buffalo earlier this month, Alex Smith and company rank 29th in passing offense. Can the 49ers be explosive? Sure, but several variables must participate. Great calls from the box, favorable match-ups and mistake-free play are just a few. If ever there is a pivotal loss, the Giants gave it to them. Jim Harbaugh and his staff know without a doubt that they must not overlook ...
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