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Around The NFC West - Week 9

Posted Nov 6, 2017

The Seahawks fall a game behind the Rams with a loss

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson attempts to escape from Washington linebacker Will Compton on Sunday.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

Last time out: Cardinals 20, 49ers 10

Record: 0-9 overall, 0-5 in the division

Snapshot: Rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard was under pressure for most of the contest as the San Francisco offense struggled to put points on the board. He was sacked five times and hit 16 times. The 49ers had 329 yards of total offense but turned the ball over twice.

Notable: Running back Carlos Hyde was ejected in the fourth quarter during a skirmish with Cardinals defensive lineman Frostee Rucker. Cardinals outside linebacker Haason Reddick was also ejected. New quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, acquired in a trade with the Patriots earlier in the week, was in uniform but didn’t play.

Quotable: “In the middle of a game your adrenaline is kind of going. So, it’s not until tonight, tomorrow, I really feel those hits. Physically, sometimes some are worse than others. Sometimes they hurt. Sometimes they don’t.” – Beathard, after the game, on taking so many hits.

Injury Update: Safety Jaquiski Tartt (wrist), wide receiver Trent Taylor (rib) and fullback Kyle Juszczyk (neck) all left the game with injuries, further depleting an undermanned San Francisco roster.

Next up: The 49ers will host the Giants in Week 10.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Last time out: Washington 17, 14

Record: 5-3 overall, 2-0 in the division

Snapshot: Redskins running back Rob Kelley scored from a yard out with under a minute remaining to stun the Seahawks. A week after the Seattle offense exploded in a shootout win over the Texans, it struggled to score in this one. The Seahawks amassed 437 yards of total offense but had only two points heading into the fourth quarter.

Notable: Seahawks kicker Blair Walsh missed three field goals in the first half. Linebacker Bobby Wagner sacked Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins in the end zone for a safety midway through the first quarter. The Seahawks dropped a game behind the streaking Los Angeles Rams in the NFC West with the loss.

Quotable: “We made this so hard on ourselves. All of the things that happened when you lost a game showed up.” – coach Pete Carroll, via Seahawks.com, after the mistake-riddled affair.

Injury Update: Safety Earl Thomas (hamstring) and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson (oblique) were inactive, while running back Eddie Lacy injured his groin in the first quarter and didn’t return.

Next up: The Seahawks travel to face the Cardinals in Week 10 on “Thursday Night Football.”

LOS ANGELES RAMS

Last time out: Rams 51, Giants 17

Record: 6-2 overall, 2-1 in division

Snapshot: Los Angeles continued its storybook season with an easy road win over the Giants. Quarterback Jared Goff threw for 311 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions while running back Todd Gurley added 59 yards rushing and two scores.

Notable: The Rams defense forced three turnovers and the special teams unit blocked a punt as all three phases dominated. Goff finished with a passer rating of 146.8 while averaging 14.1 yards per attempt. The 6-2 start is the best for Los Angeles since 2001, when it went 14-2 and made the Super Bowl.

Quotable: “I think we are eager to see if we can continue playing good football right now.” – Rams coach Sean McVay after the decisive victory.

Key Stat: The Rams’ offense piled up 473 yards of total offense and didn’t turn the ball over.

Next up: The Rams host the Texans in Week 10.

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