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Around The NFC West - Week 8

Posted Oct 30, 2017

The Seahawks reclaim the division lead with a wild win over the Texans

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was dominant in his team's win over the Texans.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

Last time out: Eagles 33, 49ers 10

Record: 0-8 overall, 0-3 in division

Snapshot: The 49ers remained one of the two winless teams in the NFL after getting blown out in Philadelphia. The Eagles started slowly, but Carson Wentz found Zach Ertz for a second-quarter touchdown and Jalen Mills followed with a pick-six to start the rout.

Notable: San Francisco quarterback C.J. Beathard continues to take his lumps. He went 17-of-36 for 167 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Leger Douzable had a pair of sacks, as he was one of the few bright spots for the 49ers in this one.

Quotable: “We're a young team with a new coaching staff. This is where you find out a lot about guys when you're 0-8. How do you act and how do you react?” – Beathard on the 49ers attempting to keep their focus.

Injury Update: Left tackle Joe Staley (eye), wide receiver Pierre Garcon (neck), safety Jimmie Ward (forearm) and defensive lineman Solomon Thomas (knee) all left the game with injuries.

Next up: The 49ers host the Cardinals in Week 9.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Last time out: Seahawks 41, Texans 38

Record: 5-2 overall, 2-0 in division

Snapshot: Russell Wilson found a wide open Jimmy Graham for the game-winning touchdown with 21 seconds remaining as Seattle captured a thriller. The Texans led 38-34 and could have iced the game with a late first down conversion, but Lamar Miller was stopped short on a third-and-4 carry and Houston was forced to punt.

Notable: Wilson finished the game with 452 passing yards, four touchdowns and an interception. Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson threw for 402 yards with four touchdowns and three picks. Seattle safety Earl Thomas was beaten for a touchdown early but redeemed himself with a pick-six to tie the score at 7.

Quotable: “If there was ever any doubts about Russell, what he can do, there is no limit.” -- Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, via Seahawks.com, on the play of his quarterback.

Key Stat: The teams combined for 988 yards of total offense.

Next up: The Seahawks host Washington in Week 9.

LOS ANGELES RAMS

Last time out: The Rams were idle in Week 8

Record: 5-2 overall, 2-1 in division

Bye-week synopsis: The Rams’ hot start was not a mirage, as they have consistently played like one of the better teams in the conference all season. It’s a stark departure from the preseason projections that posited Los Angeles near the bottom of the pack in the NFC.

The Rams are second in the NFC in points scored and third in points allowed, and trail only the Eagles in point-differential at plus-74 through seven games. Quarterback Jared Goff has taken a monumental leap forward while running back Todd Gurley is reaching the stardom so many forecasted.

The Rams have also stayed healthy, and certainly seem like a legitimate playoff contender as the season nears its midway point. Much credit must go to coach Sean McVay for turning around a team that had been wallowing near the .500 mark or worse for several seasons before his arrival.

Next up: The Rams travel to face the Giants in Week 9.

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