Welcome news on NFC West blackout front

The Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams sold enough tickets to their Week 3 home games to avoid local television blackouts Sunday.

The Rams initially asked the NFL to extend by 24 hours the usual Thursday blackout deadline, but the team sold enough tickets to get its game against Washington on television in St. Louis. The Cardinals are facing the Oakland Raiders in their home opener.

All 46 preseason, regular-season and postseason Cardinals games at University of Phoenix Stadium have sold enough tickets to avoid a blackout. The term "sellout" is often misleading in these cases because high-priced club seats do not count toward totals required to avoid blackouts.