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Around The NFC West - Week 9

The Seahawks win a nail-biter over the Bills, while the Rams and 49ers lose


Rams quarterback Case Keenum struggled again in the home game against the Panters.


Last time out: Saints 41, 49ers 23

Record: 1-7 overall, 1-2 in division

Snapshot: Colin Kaepernick threw for 398 yards and two touchdowns but the defense couldn't slow down New Orleans. Saints quarterback Drew Brees was 28-of-39 passing for 323 yards and three touchdowns. San Francisco was within eight points in the third quarter but a touchdown catch by Michael Thomas wrapped up the win for New Orleans.

Notable: Mark Ingram had 158 yards rushing for the Saints, the seventh straight game the 49ers have allowed a 100-yard rusher. They are the first team to give up that many consecutive 100-yard rushing games, per the Elias Sports Bureau.

Quotable:  "I don't have any representatives that are telling anybody anything. I haven't talked to a college since I've been in the NFL, and that's not my goal. My goal is to be the head coach of the 49ers. It surprises me that continues to be a news story. It's been the same story since I left four years ago. I'm not looking to go back." – Coach Chip Kelly, via the San Jose Mercury News, on rumors he wants to return to college.

Injury update:Running back Carlos Hyde missed his second consecutive game with a shoulder injury.

Next up: The 49ers travel to play the Cardinals in Week 10.

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


Last time out: Seahawks 31, Bills 25

Record: 5-2-1 overall, 1-1-1 in division

Snapshot: The Bills had first-and-goal as time ticked down but couldn't get in the end zone in four tries on their final possession. The Seahawks' normally dormant offense played well throughout, as quarterback Russell Wilson completed 20-of-26 passes for 282 yards and two touchdowns.

Notable: There was a crazy sequence to end the first half when Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman jumped offside and then bulldozed into Buffalo kicker Dan Carpenter as he tried a long field goal. After the five-yard penalty, Carpenter made the field goal, but it was called off for delay of game even though the officials didn't place the ball until less than five seconds were remaining on the play clock. Carpenter missed the one that counted.

Quotable:  "Ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous. It was wrong." – Bills coach Rex Ryan on the way the end of the first half was handled by the officials.

Injury update:The Seahawks played without safety Kam Chancellor and defensive end Michael Bennett, and the defense clearly missed them, allowing 425 total yards.

Next up: The Seahawks travel to play the Patriots in Week 10


Last time out: Panthers 13, Rams 10

Record: 3-5 overall, 2-1 in division

Snapshot: The Rams managed only three points until they scored a touchdown with 34 seconds, but it was too little, too late. Quarterback Case Keenum was 27-of-46 for 296 yards with a touchdown and an interception as the calls for No. 1 overall draft pick Jared Goff grow louder.

Notable: The Rams sacked Cam Newton five times, including a pair by defensive tackle Aaron Donald. Greg Zuerlein's fourth-quarter field goal snapped a span of more than 100 minutes without a point for Los Angeles. The Rams have lost four straight.

Quotable:  "Our defense has given up a touchdown to Eli Manning and Cam Newton, and that's it. That's a winning effort. The problem is, we've only scored two touchdowns in the last two (games)." – Coach Jeff Fisher, via, on the offensive futility

Key stat:48. Yards rushing for star running back Todd Gurley, who has been held to fewer than 60 yards in six games this season.

Next up: The Rams travel to face the Jets in Week 10

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