Sep 23, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive back Harrison Smith (22) breaks up a pass intended for San Francisco 49ers tight end Delanie Walker (46) in the first quarter at the Metrodome. Vikings win 24-13. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-US PRESSWIRE

NFC West Roundup

The Seahawks don’t take the field until tonight, but the rest of the NFC West was in action yesterday. After an incredible 4-0 week last week, the division was likely to regress a bit this week, and that is what happened. The rest of the division went just 1-2 this week.

Arizona Cardinals 27 – 6 Philadelphia Eagle

The Cards (3-0) took control of the division race by completely trouncing the Eagles. Kevin Kolb threw for 22 yards and 2 TDs, and shown that he is finally the player that the Cards thought they were trading for a year ago. Mostly, credit for this win should be given to the Cardinal defense, which is definitely for real and should end the year as one of the best defenses in the entire league.

San Francisco 49ers 13 – 24 Minnesota Vikings

The 49ers (2-1) were complete outplayed by the previously hapless Vikings. This game showed that no matter how good your overall talent, any game can be lost if you don’t have an elite QB. The Vikings shut down the 49er running attack, and Alex Smith wasn’t up to the challenge of carrying the offense himself. This will likely be the blueprint for every team playing the 49ers for the rest of the season.

St. Louis Rams 23 – 6 Chicago Bears

Even though they are still rebuilding, the Rams are clearly better this season. It just didn’t show much in this game. The Bears defense sacked Sam Bradford 6 times and intercepted 2 passes on route to completely shutting down the Rams offense. It didn’t help that the Rams only got 11 carries and 29 yards out of Steven Jackson. The Rams defense was better though, and harassed Jay Cutler all game long, but it just wan’t good enough to overcome the team’s offensive struggles.

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