Around the NFC West: Key Cards' homecoming

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com traces Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt and offensive coordinator Todd Haley to their days sharing an office as Jets assistants. The two waged heated battles on the basketball court, leaving some to wonder how they could work together. Urban also has a note about tight end Leonard Pope joining the injury report as questionable.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic sizes up Brett Favre and Kurt Warner heading into the Cardinals-Jets matchup at the Meadowlands.

Also from Somers: An update on Pope. No word on when the tight end was injured.

More from Somers: The Cardinals arrived for a game by rail for the first time in more than 50 years. They took Amtrak from Washington, D.C., to New Jersey for the game against the Jets. Linebacker Karlos Dansby: "The only train I've been on is the little bitty train that goes around the zoo. I'm glad we're taking this trip. I think it will bring us closer together."

Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune says a road victory would enhance the Cardinals' credibility.

John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle checks in with 49ers safety Mark Roman, who gets a rare chance to play in front of friends and family in the Superdome.

Also from Crumpacker: A quick glance at the 49ers-Saints game.

Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News says Vernon Davis' career has never quite hit stride, and that remains the case this season.

Matt Maiocco of Instant 49ers takes a closer look at key matchups in the 49ers-Saints game. Justin Smith lines up in enough places to qualify for more than one matchup.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee answers 49ers-related questions from readers, including one about the futures of Martz and quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Scott Linehan faces fourth-and-long in the fourth game of the Rams' season. There's a reference to Mike Martz, followed by this: "Regardless of the front-office problems and leadership void at Rams Park, Linehan has had three years to pick his roster. Draft picks such as Dominique Byrd, Claude Wroten, Tye Hill and Joe Klopfenstein all came under his watch. [Isaac] Bruce was released during his tenure. So was Madison Hedgecock, and now [Fakhir] Brown."

Also from Thomas: Rams guard Richie Incognito faces a difficult matchup against Bills defensive tackle Marcus Stroud.

More from Thomas: He gives the edge to Buffalo in every matchup.

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Bills would rather face Trent Green than Marc Bulger. The reason: Green didn't get many snaps during the exhibition season.

Allen Wilson of the Buffalo News refers to the "Saddest Show on Turf" while mocking the Rams in his scouting report.

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune takes a look at the Seahawks' running game and the team's offensive identity. Seattle plays four of its next six games on the road.