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Around The NFC West - Week 8

Rams, Seahawks keep pace with Cardinals in division race


Rams running back Todd Gurley had 128 rushing yards and two touchdowns against the Browns.


Last time out: Seahawks 20, 49ers 3

Record: 2-5 overall, 0-2 in division

Snapshot: The 49ers mustered only 55 yards of offense in the first half as Seattle took a 17-0 lead into intermission and cruised to the win. Struggling quarterback Colin Kaepernick finished 13-of-24 for 124 yards passing.

Notable: The defense tried to keep the score close. Aaron Lynch and Ahmad Brooks had a pair of sacks apiece while Tramaine Brock and Kenneth Acker added interceptions. The 49ers didn't turn the ball over but the offense was so inefficient it didn't help.

Quotable: "As a professional, you have to keep the mindset that you're going to do the best job you can, regardless of whether you're 7-0 or 2-5," - left tackle Joe Staley, on dealing with the mounting losses

Injury update:Safety Antoine Bethea was placed on injured reserve after suffering a shoulder injury in the loss.

Next up: The 49ers travel to play the Rams in Week 8


Last time out: Seahawks 20, 49ers 3

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

Snapshot: Marshawn Lynch had 27 carries for 122 yards and a touchdown as the Seahawks returned to the style of play which has led them to two straight Super Bowl appearances. Quarterback Russell Wilson was 18-of-24 for 235 yards with a touchdown but threw two picks and was sacked five times.

Notable: Wide receiver Tyler Lockett had five catches for 79 yards, including a 43-yard touchdown reception. Defensive end Michael Bennett had 3½ sacks in the game and is tied for the NFL lead with 6½. The defense gave up only 81 passing yards.

Quotable: "We're on the verge. You don't want to get too high, but we're on the verge. We're going in the right direction." – safety Kam Chancellor on fortunes possibly turning after a slow start

Key stat: 9. Rush attempts for Lynch on the first drive, in which he gained 38 yards and scored on a 1-yard run.

Next up: The Seahawks travel to play the Cowboys in Week 8


Last time out:Rams 24, Browns 6

Record:3-3 overall, 2-0 in division

Snapshot:Running back Todd Gurley continues to assert himself as a burgeoning star, as he carried the ball 19 times for 128 yards and a pair of late touchdowns to seal the win. Cleveland pulled to within 10-6 on a 44-yard field goal by Travis Coons early in the third quarter, but Gurley's scoring runs of 1 and 16 yards gave the Rams breathing room.  

Notable:St. Louis recovered four fumbles and safety Rodney McLeod returned one of them 20 yards for a touchdown for an early 7-0 lead.* *Browns quarterback Josh McCown was 26-of-32 for 270 yards passing, but was sacked four times, fumbled twice and injured his shoulder in the second half.

Quotable:"Chris Johnson was outstanding early. Eddie George was outstanding early. I don't recall them having the numbers that they had after three full games like Todd has," – Rams coach Jeff Fisher, who has coached impressive running backs in the past, on his star rookie

Kay stat:16. Tackles for safety Mark Barron, who has been pressed into duty at linebacker in place of the injured Alex Ogletree

Next up:The Rams host the 49ers in Week 8

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