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Around The NFC West - Week 3

Checking in on the Cardinals' divisional rivals


Steelers wideout Antonio Brown torched the 49ers in Pittsburgh's win on Sunday.


Last time out: Steelers 43, 49ers 18

Record: 1-1 overall, 0-0 in division

Snapshot: The Steelers raced out to a 29-3 lead in the second quarter and cruised to the win. One week after limiting the Vikings to three points in an impressive home victory, San Francisco allowed 453 yards of total offense. Steelers wideout Antonio Brown had nine catches for 195 yards and a touchdown.

Notable: 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was 33-of-46 for 335 yards and two touchdowns and added a team-high 51 rushing yards, but he didn't get in a groove until it was too late. Free-agent addition Torrey Smith had six catches for 120 yards and a score.

Quotable: "We don't need to panic, but we do need to go in and clean up the things that we did wrong," – safety Antoine Bethea, following the blowout loss.

Injury update:Running back Carlos Hyde, who had a monster starting debut in Week 1, left the game in the second half with a head injury. He was cleared to return but was held out as a precaution with the outcome already decided.

Next up: The 49ers travel to play the Cardinals on Sunday in Week 3


Last time out: Packers 27, Seahawks 17

Record: 0-2 overall, 0-1 in division

Snapshot: The Packers scored 14 unanswered points in the third and fourth quarters to turn a deficit into a victory. It avenged last season's NFC title game loss. The Seahawks took a four-point lead in the third quarter on a 13-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to Doug Baldwin but couldn't hold on.

Notable: Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers was 25-of-33 for 249 yards and two touchdowns. Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch was limited to 41 yards rushing on 15 carries. The Seahawks have started 0-2 for the first time since 2011.

Quotable: "I think God was a Packers fan tonight, so he was taking care of us," – Rodgers, in a jab at Wilson's belief that every outcome is part of God's plan.

Key stat: 61. The number of points Seattle has given up through two weeks after giving up an NFL-low 15.9 points per game in 2014.

Next up: The Seahawks will host the Bears on Sunday in Week 3


Last time out: Redskins 24, Rams 10

Record: 1-1 overall, 1-0 in division

Snapshot:  The Redskins jumped out to a 17-0 halftime lead and then weathered a second-half comeback attempt by the Rams. St. Louis couldn't keep up the momentum after upsetting the Seahawks in their regular season opener.

Notable: Redskins running back Matt Jones dominated on the ground, rushing 19 times for 123 yards and two touchdowns. Washington outrushed the Rams 182-67, which helped neutralize the Rams' vaunted defensive line. Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins was 23-of-27 for 203 yards and a touchdown, while St. Louis quarterback Nick Foles finished just 17-of-32 for 150 yards.

Quotable: "We emphasized it all week – stopping the run. We just didn't handle it. Sometimes in the NFL you know exactly what they're going to try to do. And sometimes you just have a bad day. We had a bad day. We can't afford to have bad days like that," – defensive end Chris Long on the run-stopping issues.

Injury update: Running back Tre Mason made his season debut against Washington, but first-round pick Todd Gurley sat as he continues to work his way back from a torn ACL.  

Next up: The Rams host the Steelers on Sunday in Week 3

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