Cardinals left to defend NFC West's honor

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

HOUSTON -- The 49ers and Rams trail by a combined 42-3 at halftime in Week 7.

The 49ers haven't looked this bad on offense since ... Week 5, actually.

I expected better from the 49ers. They have now been outscored 52-3 in their last five quarters.

Michael Crabtree looks pretty good so far, but the 49ers aren't getting him the ball. I thought Shaun Hill could have thrown to him over the middle on one play. Poor pass protection has hurt the 49ers too many other times, however.

I'm already looking forward to the Cardinals and Giants tonight. Perhaps at least one NFC West team will make an impact.