- Associated Press - Sunday, October 2, 2011

GLENDALE, ARIZ. (AP) - The NFC East seems to always have its way with the NFC West.

The New York Giants already have one victory _ over St. Louis _ in the divisional matchup.

They go for No. 2 when they travel to Arizona to face the inconsistent Cardinals on Sunday.

The East is 4-0 against the West through three weeks of the season, and the Giants (2-1) bring momentum into Sunday’s game after knocking off Philadelphia 29-16 last weekend.

Coach Tom Coughlin said beating the Eagles did boost his team’s confidence.

“It was a tremendous game,” he said, “in terms of the physical nature of the game. So it did help, without a doubt.”

The game in Arizona is the first of two straight for New York against an NFC West foe. The Giants are home against Seattle Oct. 9.

Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said it’s good for his division to be facing the tough teams from the East.

“The NFC East is certainly a physical division and they play good football,” Whisenhunt said.

“They have a lot of good teams, and the Giants have done very well in that division for a number of years. It’s going to ultimately make us a better football team. We are going against good players, tough competition, and if our guys can continue to match up and improve and get better, and we can win some of these games, it’s going to make our team stronger.”

Arizona (1-2) has come the closest of any of the NFC West teams against the East, losing at Washington 22-21, but that was followed by a 13-10 pratfall at Seattle last weekend.

“There were a lot of mistakes by myself and the rest of the offense,” quarterback Kevin Kolb.

“We have to clean things up. The defense played a great game and now we need to put the whole thing together and both sides play well, along with special teams, and go get after the Giants.”

The Cardinals had two good offensive games, but shaky defensive performances, followed by a strong defensive showing and bad outing by the offense.

Arizona has changed its defensive scheme under new coordinator Ray Horton.

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