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Around The NFC West

Posted Nov 26, 2013

A look at the Cardinals' division foes - and upcoming opponent Philadelphia

San Francisco wide receiver Anquan Boldin scores a touchdown during Monday night's win in Washington.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

Last time out: 49ers 27, Redskins 6

Record: 7-4 overall, 2-1 in division

Snapshot: San Francisco ended a two-game losing streak with an easy win over Washington. The 49ers are currently in line for the second wild card in the NFC, tied with the Cardinals record-wise but with the upper hand because they won a head-to-head meeting earlier this season, which is the tiebreaker.

Notable: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick was 15-of-24 for 235 yards and three touchdowns. He threw two scoring passes to Anquan Boldin and one to Vernon Davis. Kaepernick has 14 touchdown passes on the year, and all of them (nine to Davis and five to Boldin) have gone to that duo.

Quotable: Coach Jim Harbaugh on the importance of keeping pace with the other playoff hopefuls: “This was one of those that we had to have,” he told 49ers.com.

Injury update: Wide receiver Michael Crabtree (Achilles) is set to make his season debut on Sunday. He had 85 catches for 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns last year.

Next up: The 49ers host the Rams in Week 13.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Last time out: Seattle was idle in Week 12.

Record: 10-1, 3-0 in division

Snapshot: The Seahawks have won six straight heading into a showdown with the Saints. Seattle is a game up on New Orleans for the best record in the NFC.

Notable: Cornerback Walter Thurmond will begin serving a four-game suspension this week for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

Quotable: Safety Earl Thomas on the matchup with the Saints: “I love games like this,” he told Seahawks.com. “Obviously, everybody’s going to get to watch you.”

Injury update: Cornerback Brandon Browner is expected to miss the next 4-6 weeks with a groin injury and is also reportedly facing a year-long suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. Browner and Thurmond are two of the team’s top three cornerbacks, along with star Richard Sherman.

Next up:  The Seahawks host the Saints on Monday Night Football in Week 13.

ST. LOUIS RAMS

Last time out: Rams 42, Bears 21

Record: 5-6 overall, 1-2 in division

Snapshot: St. Louis pulled off its second consecutive impressive victory, defeating the Bears following a rout of the Colts last time out.

Notable: The rookies excelled again. Benjamin Cunningham had 13 carries for 109 yards and a score, Zac Stacy had 12 rushes for 87 yards and a touchdown while wide receiver Tavon Austin added a 65-yard rushing touchdown.

Quotable: Defensive end Chris Long on the team refusing to fold after a 3-6 start. “We’ve got a bunch of tough dudes in this locker room,” he told stlouisrams.com. “We know what we’ve got in this locker room. There’s a lot of grit… We’re a tough team and we kept saying, ‘Let’s do something great.’ And we did.”

Key number: 258. Rushing yards for the Rams against Chicago, the team’s highest single-game output since 2001.

Next up: The Rams travel to San Francisco in Week 13.

THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT: PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Last time out: Philadelphia was idle in Week 12.

Record: 6-5 overall

Snapshot: The Eagles have won three straight games and are tied with the Cowboys for the best record in the NFC East. Quarterback Nick Foles has been a revelation after entering the season as Michael Vick’s backup. Foles has thrown for 1,554 yards with 16 touchdowns and zero interceptions.

Notable: Running back LeSean McCoy is the only NFL running back with more than 1,000 yards rushing this season.

Quotable:  Michael Vick on who should be the starting quarterback when he is 100 percent healthy: “In all honesty, in all fairness, how can you take a guy (like Foles) out of the game who’s been playing so well?” Vick told PhiladelphiaEagles.com. “I’ve been in this stage before, and I know what it’s like. I understand the position the team is in.”

Key number: 1. The number of home wins for the Eagles this season in five games. They are 5-1 on the road.


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