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Around The NFC West - Week 8

The Seahawks lost in New Orleans while the 49ers and Rams were both on bye



Last time out: The 49ers were idle in Week 8

Record: 1-6 overall, 1-2 in division

Bye-week synopsis:The 49ers won their opener but quickly slipped and are among the worst teams in the NFL. Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick have both gotten their turns at quarterback, but neither has been effective. Coach Chip Kelly hoped to spark a turnaround in his first year, but the personnel shortcomings would make it hard on anyone.

San Francisco will be reduced to spoiler in the second half of the season, but more losses would actually help their cause in getting a high draft pick. There are a few young pieces that have shown flashes of potential, but for the most part the 49ers have had a tough time remaining competitive in games this season.

Images of fans rooting on the Cardinals during the Week 3 win over the 49ers


Last time out: Saints 25, Seahawks 20

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

Snapshot: Jermaine Kearse couldn't get both feet in bounds in the end zone on fourth down and Seattle's last-ditch drive fell short. The Saints took the lead on a two-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees to Brandin Cooks early in the fourth quarter and held on for the win.

Notable: Seahawks safety Earl Thomas recovered a fumble and returned it 34 yards for a touchdown for an early 7-0 lead. He was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for hugging an official after the play. Seattle only had 74 yards rushing and is 28th in the NFL in rushing yards per game in its first season without Marshawn Lynch.

Quotable:  "Nothing that we haven't faced before. At the end of the day, when you really want something, you're going to face some challenges, you're going to face some ups and downs. But you just keep coming back." – quarterback Russell Wilson on the team rebounding after some early-season struggles.

Injury update:Defensive end Michael Bennett missed the game with a knee injury and could be out two-to-three weeks.

Next up: The Seahawks host the Bills on Monday Night Football in Week 9

Images of Cardinals cheerleaders during the Week 7 home game against the Seahawks


Last time out: The Rams were idle in Week 8

Record: 3-4 overall, 2-1 in division

Bye-week synopsis:The Rams have lost three straight, and while they are still in the thick of the wild card chase, need the offense to improve. Quarterback Case Keenum has a rating of 77.5, which is 28th in the NFL. Star running back Todd Gurley is only averaging 3.0 yards per carry.

It will be interesting to see if No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff sees the field in the second half of the season. If Keenum continues to struggle, the Rams may need to make the move just to see if Goff can give them a spark. The Rams need to make some progress offensively or this season will mirror those of years past.

Images of the Cardinals cheerleaders during the Week 4 home game

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