The NFC West fared slightly better than a week ago, when it went winless. The division went 2-2, but hinestly the only reason why this happened was because the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals played each other in a divisional game that one had to win. It was another rough week for Sam Bradford and the St, Louis Rams, who were the preseason favorites to take the division. They fell to 0-3 to start the year, getting torched by Torrey Smith and the Baltimore Ravens 37-7.
The Cardinals and Seahawks slugged it out in a very ugly defensive game and the Seahawks came away as victors, notching their first win of the season in their 2011 home debut, holding on to a 13-10 win over Arizona. It was the second consecutive loss for the Cardinals, who lost by one point in Washington a week ago. Both teams now stand at 1-2 on the season.
The San Francisco 49ers pulled out an ugly victory as well, winning on the road in the AFC North. They beat the Cincinnati Bengals 13-8 on the road with a fourth quarter touchdown, the only trip to the end zone for either team. The win puts the Niners at the the top of the division with a 2-1 record.
If there is anything that is being proven, it is that the division is exactly what was expected -- a group of teams that are not that good.
Hit the jump for coverage of each of the NFC West games from the SB Nation team blogs.
Arizona Cardinals/Seattle Seahawks Postgame Quotes and Thoughts - Revenge of the Birds
Ugly. Like two overweight 30 + year old men duking it out on the Jerry Springer show over something not worth the fight. That's what the game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Seattle Seahawks provided today. And now at 1-2, the Cards are 3rd in the NFC West.
Seahawks Dispatch Cardinals 13-10: Quick Thoughts - Field Gulls
The Seahawks did what they needed to do and got themselves a win. They outlasted the Cardinals 13-10 in what's becoming a pretty sweet rivalry. Sparks flew, emotions ran high....
49ers Overcome Twelve Penalties In 13-8 Victory - Niners Nation
One of the reasons the 49ers found themselves in an ugly dogfight on Sunday was the horrific number of penalties they committed. I suppose my post yesterday about penalties was good or bad timing. The 49ers committed 12 penalties for 70 yards that primarily seemed to hurt the offense.
Recap, Rams Vs Ravens: Rams Can't Start, Can't Finish - Turf Show Times
The St. Louis Rams have a tough schedule. They also have an injury list a mile long. Neither of those two things offer sufficient cover for a team that continues to play far below expectations and abilities. The St. Louis Rams are out of excuses.