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Around The NFC West - Week 2

The Rams beat the Seahawks, and everyone is 1-1

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Seahawks running back Christine Michael loses a fumble, which the Rams recovered to clinch a 9-3 win on Sunday.


SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

Last time out: Panthers 46, 49ers 27

Record: 1-1

Snapshot: The 49ers scored 17 fourth-quarter points to pull within one score, but the Panthers scored three times late to secure the win. San Francisco averaged only 2.5 yards per carry, and while quarterback Blaine Gabbert had a few nice moments, he threw two interceptions in the final five minutes to squash the rally.

Notable: A 49ers defense that looked dominant against the Rams was overmatched against the Panthers. Cam Newton threw for 353 yards and four touchdowns. San Francisco is the only team with a shutout this year, but has now allowed the most points in a game.

Quotable: "When you turn it over three times, that's not good. The things we can control -- the tackling on defense; the penalties that kept the drives alive; we had too many drops to be consistent as a team -- we didn't do what we needed to do in order to beat a really good football team." – Chip Kelly, via 49ers.com, after his first loss as coach

Key stat:100. Rushing yards the 49ers gave up to Panthers backup running back Fozzy Whittaker after starter Jonathan Stewart left with a hamstring injury. The formidable front present against the Rams didn't materialize in this matchup.

Next up: The 49ers travel to face the Seahawks in Week 3

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Last time out: Rams 9, Seahawks 3

Record: 1-1

Snapshot: The Seahawks struggled again offensively, but unlike last week against the Dolphins, there was no late-game comeback. Running back Christine Michael fumbled the ball at the Los Angeles 29 with 57 seconds remaining and Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree recovered to clinch the outcome.

Notable: Quarterback Russell Wilson was 22-of-35 for 254 yards and was sacked twice. A team that averaged 26.4 points per game a season ago has scored only 15 combined in the first two games.

Quotable: "We know we're better than this, so we need to put it together. We've got too many playmakers on this side of the ball." – tight end Jimmy Graham, on the Seahawks offense

Injury update:Wilson gutted through an ankle sprain, while running back Thomas Rawls left with a leg injury. Wide receivers Tyler Lockett (knee) and Doug Baldwin (knee) are also ailing.

Next up: The Seahawks host the 49ers in Week 3

LOS ANGELES RAMS

Last time out: Rams 9, Seahawks 3

Record: 1-1

Snapshot: The Rams defense will likely need to carry the team, and it did the job in this one, holding Seattle to a lone first-half field goal. William Hayes and Robert Quinn each had a sack and the Seahawks' running game was held to 67 yards on 24 carries.

Notable: Los Angeles won its home opener after moving from St. Louis this offseason. While it was a feel-good win, quarterback Case Keenum struggled again, completing 18-of-30 passes for 239 yards. No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff was elevated to backup but didn't play.

Quotable: "We match up well against them, and strange things happen in these games, too. I mean, we beat them a couple of years ago without scoring (an offensive) touchdown. … (We) just figure out a way to beat them." – coach Jeff Fisher, on his team's four wins in the past five games against Seattle

Key stat:4.5. Points per game for the Rams through two weeks – including no touchdowns – but the impressive defensive performance moved the team's record to 1-1, which is the same as everyone else in the division.

Next up: The Rams travel to face the Buccaneers in Week 3

Images of the Cardinals cheerleaders during the Week 4 home game against the Rams



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