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49ers DC Steve Wilks is not underestimating the Cardinals

Jan 8, 2023; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers cornerback Deommodore Lenoir (38) defends against Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Marquise Brown (2) during the third quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Entering Week 4, the San Francisco 49ers appear virtually invincible, boasting a flawless 3-0 record while consistently scoring 30 points in each contest.

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The 49ers currently claim the league’s third-best point differential at an impressive +48. Offensively, they’re averaging nearly 400 yards per game (4th overall) with a potent rushing attack churning out 162 yards per game (3rd). On the defensive front, they’ve stifled opponents to a mere 258 yards per game, ranking them third in the league in this category as well.

Now, they are set to face the Arizona Cardinals at home, a matchup that might have seemed like a guaranteed win before the season even kicked off.

In their two meetings last year, the 49ers effortlessly outscored the Cardinals, posting a commanding 76-23 total point margin.

However, following a surprisingly strong start to the season, which included an unexpected upset victory over the Cowboys, 49ers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks has made it clear that his team will not be underestimating the challenge posed by Arizona in their upcoming Week 4 matchup.

First, Wilks commended the Cardinals for their potent running game, which has been prominently showcased in the opening three weeks of the season.

With James Conner leading the way, the Cards are averaging 156 YPG, which is 6th in the NFL.

From the San Francisco 49ers Communications staff, Steve Wilks, speaking during a recent press conference, offered his perspective on the upcoming matchup, stating, “When you look at Arizona, good football team, very good football team. After watching the tape, impressed with every facet of their offense when it comes to running the football. They do it well. A lot of respect for [Arizona Cardinals RB] James Conner, respected him when he was with the Steelers, and he’s still running the ball hard.”

Furthermore, Wilks went on to suggest that the Cardinals could hold a 3-0 record had a few circumstances unfolded slightly differently.

It’s worth noting that the Cardinals suffered narrow losses in both Week 1 and Week 2, with the margin of defeat being less than 5 points in each of these games.

Reflecting on the Cardinals’ recent performances, Wilks remarked, “They were two plays away from beating Washington, they were up on the Giants and lost that football game. So we’ve talked as a staff, this unit right here could easily be 3-0, so we’re definitely not taking these guys lightly at all. It’s going to be a good football game.

This Week 4 divisional rivalry clash is set to kick off at 1:25 PM on Sunday.

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