9/9 Arizona Cardinals news: Good and bad in loss to Rams

Dilip Vishwanat

Discuss the good and the bad from the NFL's opening weekend with today's links.

Plenty of food for thought today as Cardinals writers dig into the good, the bad and the ugly from the team's first game. Though several performances stood out in a positive way, few escaped the loss with a spotless showing.

Cardinals:

NFL Recap: Cardinals Look Decent in 27-24 Loss to Rams
The Cardinals were much improved as a whole, but they still have plenty of work to do if they want to contend in the powerful NFC West.

Relive Arizona/St. Louis Highlights
Highlights from the Cardinals 27-24 loss to the Rams.

Locker Room Reaction - Cardinals at Rams
Listen to reaction from players post game in the visiting locker room.

Arians sticking with Levi Brown
Bruce Arians wanted to get ahead of the story. But as much as he tried to outrun the questions about left tackle Levi Brown, he simply couldn't. Nobody would let him.

Cardinals wide receiver Andre Roberts steps up with big game in 2013 opener
He had shown flashes throughout the first three years of his NFL career, but until Sunday, Andre Roberts hadn't exactly made a definitive case to be the Arizona Cardinals' No. 2 receiver behind Larry Fitzgerald.

Big Three Receivers Stand Out
Notebook: Mathieu makes incredible forced fumble; Dan Williams scores his first touchdown

Cards' offense stalls on third down
After months of installing and reviewing their new offense, the Arizona Cardinals finally had a chance Sunday to see if all the hype, all the planning, all the tweaks would actually work.

Cardinals Defense To Blame For Loss To Rams
The Cardinals defense was coming off a good defensive effort most of last year under defensive coordinator Ray Horton. This defense did not look at all like that defense.

NFL:

NFL 2013 season, Week 1: Football is back! - SBNation.com
Coverage from the NFL's opening weekend.

49ers, Lions, Saints, Rams win with stars
The NFL came back in a big way on opening day, with long plays highlighting games from coast to coast.

Fan dies after fall at 49ers-Packers game - SBNation.com
An adult male fan at the 49ers-Packers fell to his death at Candlestick Park on Sunday.

Maurkice Pouncey injury: Steelers center needs ACL, MCL surgery - SBNation.com
Pittsburgh's three-time Pro Bowl center will likely need ACL and MCL surgery after injuring his right knee in Week 1, says coach Mike Tomlin told reporters.

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