Peterson set up for a dominant Week 3
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Carson Palmer vs. 49ers
The 49ers pass defense is probably not as bad as they looked in Week 2 — allowing 369 yards passing and three touchdowns on just 21 completions. They traveled across the country for an early slate game after playing on Monday night. However, they’re also probably not as good as the version we saw in Week 1. One conclusion we can make for certain is that the 49ers don’t have the pass rushers and defensive backs that once made them an elite pass defense. Carson Palmer will be able to pick apart this pass defense, at home, in Week 3.
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