While the Seattle Seahawks were having an epic fourth-quarter meltdown, the rest of the NFC West were sticking to the script. The bad teams lost, while Arizona continued to beat up on bad teams. Now the Seahawks are once again two games back in the division standings.
NFC West Standings
|St. Louis Rams||2||3||0||.400||84||113||-29|
|San Francisco 49ers||1||4||0||.200||75||140||-65|
San Francisco 49ers Update
For the first time since Week 1, San Francisco looked like a competent football team in their 30-27 loss to the New York Giants. Colin Kaepernick threw for 262 yards, 2 touchdowns and zero picks. Carlos Hyde went went for 93 and a touchdown on the ground. Anquan Boldin had eight receptions and 107 receiving.
The problems for the 49ers were on defense. Their inability to cover and get pressure on the QB made for a long day defensively. Eli Manning threw for 441 yards and three touchdowns. Manning also wasn’t sacked. That’s a bad combination.
St. Louis Rams Update
The St. Louis Rams played a team not in the NFC West, and thus they went back to looking awful. The Rams are tough in the division, but completely toothless outside of it. That was on display in their 24-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
Even with rookie running back Todd Gurley going off for 159 yards, St. Louis could only muster 10 points. This was mostly because of the completely inept quarterback play from Nick Foles. Foles completed only 11 of 30 passes for 141 yards. He also threw four interceptions.
Arizona Cardinals Update
While it would be easy to write off Arizona’s hot start as being a function of their weak early schedule, they are still winning in dominant fashion. Whereas Seattle only barely escaped with a win over the Lions, the Cardinals ran up the score on their way to 42-17 blowout win.
Arizona’s defense led the way this week. They picked up four interceptions and completely shut down the Detroit running game. They even got Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford benched.
Arizona’s offense didn’t need to do much. Carson Palmer only threw 14 passes, but those included 3 touchdowns. The Cardinals spend the bulk of the game simply trying to run out the clock.
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