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Around The NFC West - Week 11

The Cardinals move three games ahead of the field as their divisional rivals falter

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Nick Foles, shown here getting pressured in the end zone, is no longer the Rams' starting quarterback.


SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

Last time out: The 49ers were idle in Week 10

Record: 3-6 overall, 0-3 in division

Bye-week synopsis:Although it has been a trying season in San Francisco, the team at least went into the bye week with a win after holding off the Falcons, 17-16, last time out. Blaine Gabbert won his first game as the 49ers quarterback in place of the benched Colin Kaepernick, and while he's expected to make another start this week, the position is still in flux. The 49ers don't look to be going anywhere this season, and they must decide what to do with Kaepernick moving forward. He has a high salary and has regressed over the past few seasons. San Francisco signed some veterans this offseason but it's clear now the franchise must rebuild. Looking for young bright spots the rest of the way will be one focus.

Next up: San Francisco travels to Seattle for Week 11

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Last time out:Cardinals 39, Seahawks 32

Record: 4-5 overall, 1-2 in division

Snapshot:Seattle stormed back from a 19-point deficit to take a four-point lead in the fourth quarter, but the Cardinals responded with a pair of long touchdown drives to secure the win. The Seahawks were hoping to get the ball back trailing by three points late in the game, but Cardinals running back Andre Ellington took a handoff and went 48 yards for the touchdown to close it out.

Notable:The Seahawks had a pair of strip-sacks in the fourth quarter. Cliff Avril caused the first, which K.J. Wright recovered and Marshawn Lynch turned into a touchdown one play later from three yards out. Wright caused the second, which Bobby Wagner returned 22 yards for a score and Seattle's only lead. Wide receiver Doug Baldwin had seven catches for 134 yards and a touchdown.* *

Quotable:"It was really disappointing that we put out such a miserable first half of football. To be that far behind the sticks with penalties and all that, it's really hard to play ball," – Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, after his team fell behind 19-0 early.

Key stat:39. Points allowed by the Seahawks, the highest total since the 49ers scored 40 on Dec. 12, 2010.

Next up:The Seahawks host the 49ers in Week 11

ST. LOUIS RAMS

Last time out:Bears 37, Rams 13

Record:4-5 overall, 3-0 in division

Snapshot:Quarterback Nick Foles struggled again, finishing 17-of-36 for 200 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. Coach Jeff Fisher announced he is benching Foles in favor of Case Keenum as the Rams get set to play Baltimore. Todd Gurley had 12 carries for 45 yards and a touchdown and led the team with 44 receiving yards.

Notable:The defense gave up a pair of long touchdowns. Bears tight end Zach Miller tied the game early with an 87-yard touchdown reception, while running back Jeremy Langford gave Chicago a 24-10 second-quarter lead with an 83-yard touchdown catch. Wes Welker had three catches for 32 yards in his Rams debut.

*Quotable: *"We knew going in they wanted to be the bullies. I like being the bully," – Bears running back Ka'Deem Carey after Chicago's impressive offensive performance against a normally-stingy Rams defense

Key stat:12. Pass attempts of 10 yards or more for Foles, of which he completed zero.

Next up:The Rams travel to play the Ravens in Week 11



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