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Around The NFC West - Week 1

Checking in on the Cardinals' divisional foes


49ers running back Shaun Draughn (right) stiff-arms Rams safety T.J. McDonald on Monday night.


Last time out: 49ers 28, Rams 0

Record: 1-0

Snapshot: Carlos Hyde had 88 rushing yards and two touchdowns, which was plenty of cushion as the defense dominated the Rams. Ray-Ray Armstrong and NaVorro Bowman each had interceptions as San Francisco outplayed expectations in its opener by cruising to the win.

Notable: It was Chip Kelly's debut, and the polarizing coach got off to a quick start in San Francisco. The 49ers were pegged as one of the worst teams in the NFL heading into the season, so this is an encouraging start. The defense gave up only 185 total yards and 10 first downs.

Quotable: "People counted us out before the season even started. We just stayed together as a group and worked together. It's us against the world. We just keep that mindset." – Hyde

Key stat:17. The margin of victory over the Vikings in last year's season opener, when the 49ers also impressed at home on Monday Night Football. They ended the season 5-11, and hope this year goes better moving forward.

Next up: The 49ers travel to play the Panthers in Week 2

Images from past matchups between the Cardinals and this week's opponent, the San Francisco 49ers


Last time out: Seahawks 12, Dolphins 10

Record: 1-0

Snapshot: Russell Wilson found Doug Baldwin for a 2-yard touchdown pass with 31 seconds remaining to rally the Seahawks past the Dolphins. Seattle's offense was stuck in neutral for much of the night as its offensive line couldn't handle the Miami defensive front, but Wilson came through in the end.

Notable: The Seahawks defense was in midseason form, giving up only 11 first downs and 214 total yards. It sacked Ryan Tannehill five times. Seattle rushed the ball 32 times for 112 yards, an average of 3.5 yards-per-carry, in its first game without the retired Marshawn Lynch.

Quotable: "I was telling some of the coaches and some of the trainers that when I'm 43, 44, 45 years old and I'm still playing, that's probably what I'll look like out there." – Wilson, on his lack of mobility because of a sprained ankle.

Injury update:Wilson suffered the injury when he was sacked by Ndamukong Suh in the third quarter. Coach Pete Carroll expects him to play this week.

Next up: The Seahawks will travel to play the Rams in Week 2

Images of the Cardinals cheerleaders during the regular season finale against Seattle


Last time out: 49ers 28, Rams 0

Record: 0-1

Snapshot: The Rams were hoping to start with a bang in their first game since moving to Los Angeles, but came out with a whimper. Quarterback Case Keenum was 17-of-35 passing for 130 yards and threw two interceptions. Star running back Todd Gurley was limited to 47 yards on 17 carries.

Notable: Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald was ejected late in the contest for making contact with an official. He was called for two personal fouls on the play, the first for grabbing the neck of 49ers wide receiver Quinton Patton and pushing off his helmet.

Quotable: "That wasn't what we expected, certainly not what I expected for the first game back in L.A. We have some work to do obviously." – Rams coach Jeff Fisher

Key stat:3.71. The yards per attempt on the night for Keenum. Jared Goff didn't show enough in the preseason to grab the starting job, but the outcry to see the No. 1 overall pick under center will grow louder if Keenum doesn't improve quickly.

Next up: The Rams host the Seahawks in Week 2

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