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Around The NFC West - Week 4

Checking in on the Cardinals' divisional rivals


49ers running back Carlos Hyde fights for yardage in a loss to the Cowboys on Sunday.


Last time out: Cowboys 24, 49ers 17

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

Snapshot: The 49ers jumped out to a 14-0 lead but couldn't sustain it. Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott had 23 carries for 138 yards and the go-ahead touchdown with 1:08 left in the third quarter.

Notable: San Francisco quarterback Blaine Gabbert was 16-of-23 for 196 yards, a touchdown and an interception. The pick came on a deep pass to Torrey Smith which could have been a touchdown but was underthrown. Dallas won despite the absence of receiver Dez Bryant and offensive linemen Tyron Smith and La'el Collins.

Quotable: "It was six yards. We have to be able to convert." – coach Chip Kelly on failed plays on third and fourth down as the 49ers tried to tie the game on their final drive.

Injury update: Linebacker NaVorro Bowman was carted off with a lower leg injury that is feared to be serious. Defensive end DeForest Buckner also left the game and had a walking boot on his foot.

Next up: The 49ers host the Cardinals on Thursday Night Football in Week 5

Images of the Cardinals cheerleaders during the Week 3 game against the 49ers


Last time out: Seahawks 27, Jets 17

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

Snapshot: Quarterback Russell Wilson was 23-of-32 for 309 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions despite dealing with knee and ankle issues to lead Seattle to the road win.  The Seahawks defense picked off Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick three times. Cornerback Richard Sherman had two of them.

Notable: Tight end Jimmy Graham had a second straight 100-yard receiving game, catching six passes for 113 yards. Undrafted free agent Tanner McEvoy's first career catch was a 42-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

Quotable: "He's a bad, bad man. He can do anything." – Wilson on Graham, who looks back to form after suffering a torn patellar tendon last year

Injury update:Right guard Germain Ifedi, the Seahawks' first-round draft pick, made his NFL debut after missing the first three weeks with an ankle injury.

Next up: The Seahawks have a bye in Week 5


Last time out: Rams 17, Cardinals 13

Record: 3-1 overall, 2-1 in division

Snapshot: A 47-yard Tavon Austin punt return started a Los Angeles drive in the red zone, and Case Keenum capped it with a touchdown strike to Brian Quick for the game-winning score late in the fourth quarter. Mark Barron and T.J. McDonald picked off a pair of Drew Stanton passes in the waning minutes to secure the win.

Notable: Defensive tackle Aaron Donald was a menace, registering 1½ sacks and forcing a fumble. Quarterback Case Keenum finished 18-of-30 for 266 yards and two touchdowns, helping the offense score points despite a rushing game which averaged only 1.8 yards per carry.

Quotable: "He's preparing every week and he expects to win. That's how he is. That's why months ago we said that he was our starter, because we have confidence in him and he can win games. We were a field goal block away in overtime from being 7-1 as a starter." – coach Jeff Fisher on choosing Keenum over Jared Goff as his quarterback out of training camp.

Key stat:The Rams are 3-1 for the first time since 2006. They are currently in first place in the NFC West.

Next up: The Rams host the Bills in Week 5

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