Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cardinals Soaring on Offense; Arizona, 2-0, Has NFL-High 79 Points

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cardinals Soaring on Offense; Arizona, 2-0, Has NFL-High 79 Points

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TEMPE, Ariz. * The Arizona Cardinals have scored a league-best 79 points in two games. They have scored 11 touchdowns and are perfect in the red zone, scoring seven TDs in seven opportunities. They haven't allowed a sack.

At 2-0, the Cardinals are alone in first place in the NFC West with a chance to add some distance between their pursuers with upcoming home games against conference foes San Francisco and the Rams.

But as good as the team has been, some changes could be coming this week on the offensive line.

Left guard Mike Iupati, a major free-agent acquisition in the offseason, has been out since tearing the meniscus in his left knee in training camp but might be back to face his former 49ers teammates.

"Yeah, I would think he'd want to get in to this one," coach Bruce Arians said on Monday. "(It's) his style of game, too."

In Iupati's absence, the left guard has been Ted Larsen, the starter at the position all of last season.

Another starter from last year, Bobby Massie, now is eligible to return after being suspended for two weeks for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

Arians planned to meet with general manager Steve Keim and offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin to discuss whether Massie will replace Earl Watford, the starter the first two games.

Arians said Watford "played solid" in his first two NFL starts.

"He is giving up too many hits on the quarterback, but he is really helping our running game," the coach said. "For him to do the job he did I thought was outstanding. Whether it was good enough for him to maintain it, we will see."

Arians saw much to like in his team's 48-23 victory over the Bears on Sunday in Chicago. He opened his news conference Monday by mentioning the achievements of David Johnson and receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

Johnson became the first player to score on a pass reception, kickoff return and running play in his first two NFL games. …

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