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Around The NFC West - Week 8

A look at the Cardinals' divisional opponents, as well as upcoming foe Philadelphia


Rams defensive end Robert Quinn sacks Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson during the Rams' win over Seattle Sunday.


Last time out: Broncos 42, 49ers 17

Record: 4-3 overall, 1-1 in division

Snapshot: The Broncos led 14-0 after one quarter and were never seriously threatened. It wasn't a surprise the defense had trouble with Peyton Manning, but the San Francisco offense totaled only 310 yards on 70 plays, ending any thoughts at a shootout.

Notable: Manning finished the game 22-of-26 for 318 yards and four touchdowns, passing Brett Favre to become the NFL's all-time leader in career touchdown passes (509) on an 8-yard strike to Demaryius Thomas in the second quarter. Thomas finished with eight catches for 171 yards and two scores.

Quotable: 49ers safety Eric Reid on Manning, via the Associated Press: "I'm not sure what their coaches do. They probably don't have to do much. When he's out there on the field, he recognizes the defenses and makes audibles. He does it all. You're playing against a coordinator."

Injury update: Starting center Daniel Kilgore broke his leg against the Broncos and will miss the rest of the season.

Next up: The 49ers have a bye in Week 8


Last time out: Rams 28, Seahawks 26

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

Snapshot: St. Louis stormed out to a 21-3 lead and held on for the victory. Stedman Bailey returned a punt 90 yards for a score on a trick play when returner Tavon Austin ran to the other side of the field and pretended to wait for the ball.

Notable: The Seahawks thought they had a last gasp when Tre Mason fumbled with under a minute to go. The ball looked to be in cornerback Richard Sherman's control, but the Rams exited the scrum with possession and took kneel-downs to run out the clock.

Quotable: Wide receiver Doug Baldwin on the impact of trading star wideout Percy Harvin two days before the game, via the The (Tacoma) New Tribune: "There's obviously a lot of things that went on this week that affected the team in numerous ways, and I think we needed a little more time to warm up. As a competitor you don't want to admit those things. But as a human being, it is human nature. It took us a little while to get on track."

Key number: 419. Total yards for quarterback Russell Wilson, who finished 23-of-36 for 313 yards and two touchdowns passing and added seven carries for 106 yards and a score.

Next up: The Seahawks play at Carolina in Week 8


Last time out: Rams 28, Seahawks 26

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

Snapshot: After several weeks of hanging tough against the NFC elite but ultimately falling short, the Rams got over the hump against Seattle. The Rams gained only 272 yards on offense but Bailey's punt return for a score and Benny Cunningham's 75-yard kickoff return paved the way for the upset.

Notable: The Rams ran a risky fake punt on 4th-and-3 from their 18-yard-line with 2:55 remaining and a two point lead. Punter Johnny Hekker hit running back Benny Cunningham for an 18-yard gain and St. Louis subsequently ran out the clock.

Quotable: Coach Jeff Fisher, via, on the fake punt call: "You guys saw the flow of the game. We were having a hard time stopping Russell (Wilson). There was too much time left on the clock right there and I didn't want to give the ball back to them. This is the last thing anybody expected. That's why sometimes, those things work."

Key number: 85. Rushing yards for rookie Tre Mason, on 18 carries, his first significant usage in the NFL.

Next up: The Rams play at Kansas City in Week 8


Last time out: The Eagles had a bye in Week 7

Record: 5-1

Bye-week synopsis:The Eagles join the Cardinals as two of the four one-loss teams remaining in the NFL. Philadelphia is third in the league in points per game at 30.5, although some of that can be attributed to a quick pace which results in more possessions. Quarterback Nick Foles has thrown for an average of 271 yards per game, but his touchdown-to-interception ratio of 10-7 is way down from last season's 27-2. Running back LeSean McCoy is averaging only 3.6 yards per carry, but led the league with 1,607 yards last year and rolled up 22 carries for 149 yards last time out against the Giants.

The offensive line has been hit hard by injuries, and consistency there would help out McCoy, who is still one of the most elusive running backs in the NFL. On defense, the Eagles are 23rd against both the run and the pass. Philadelphia hasn't been as impressive statistically in Year 2 under coach Chip Kelly, but it has found ways to win, buoyed by some impressive special teams showings. The Eagles seem to be on track for another playoff appearance.

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