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Around The NFC West: Week 4

The Rams look like the division's best team as they remain undefeated

WR Cooper Kupp had a big game in the Rams' win over the Vikings
WR Cooper Kupp had a big game in the Rams' win over the Vikings


Last time out: Chargers 29, 49ers 27

Record: 1-3 overall, 0-0 in division

Snapshot: The 49ers jumped out to an 11-point second-quarter lead but the Chargers scored 17 in a row and held on. San Francisco had the ball with a chance to win late in the game, but quarterback C.J. Beathard was intercepted by Chargers defensive lineman Isaac Rochell with 2:38 left and Los Angeles ran out the clock.

Notable: Beathard finished 23-of-37 for 298 yards with two touchdowns and a pair of interceptions in the 49ers' first game following the season-ending knee injury to quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Chargers running back Melvin Gordon had 104 rushing yards, 55 receiving yards and a touchdown.

Quotable: "He gave us a chance to win." – 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, via, on the play of Beathard

Key Stat: 39. The number of rushing yards for 49ers running back Matt Breida, who entered the game as the NFL's leading rusher.

Next up: The 49ers will host the Cardinals in Week 5


Last time out: Seahawks 20, Cardinals 17

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

Snapshot: Seattle kicker Sebastian Janikowski nailed a 52-yard field goal as time expired to give the Seahawks the victory. Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson missed a 45-yard field goal attempt with 1:50 remaining that would have given his team the lead.

Notable: Seahawks backup running back Mike Davis carried the ball 21 times for 101 yards and two touchdowns in place of the injured Chris Carson. Seattle averaged 5.0 yards per carry in the contest. Cardinals rookie quarterback Josh Rosen was 15-of-27 for 180 yards and a touchdown but was hurt by multiple untimely drops.

Quotable: "My confidence is always there. I know that I have prepared myself during practice. I know what I can do, so it is all mental." – Janikowski on hitting the game-winner after two earlier misses

Injury Update: All-Pro safety Earl Thomas was lost for the season with a broken leg.

Next up: The Seahawks host the Rams in Week 5


Last time out: Rams 38, Vikings 31

Record: 4-0 overall, 1-0 in division

Snapshot: Rams quarterback Jared Goff threw for 465 yards and five touchdowns and Los Angeles held off a late Minnesota rally. The Vikings had the ball with a chance to tie late in the game, but Rams defensive lineman John Franklin-Myers forced a Kirk Cousins fumble and Los Angeles recovered to ice the win.

Notable: Rams running back Todd Gurley finished with 83 rushing yards and 73 receiving yards. Cooper Kupp, Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods all went over 100 receiving yards. Kupp led the way with nine catches for 162 yards and two touchdowns. Defensive tackle Aaron Donald had a pair of sacks.

Quotable: "Lights out. He's been playing like one of the best quarterbacks in the league." – Gurley, via, on the outstanding performance by Goff

Key Stat: 158.3. Goff's passer rating in the contest, which is the highest possible.

Next up: The Rams travel to Seattle in Week 5