The first week of the season has come to an end for the NFC West. We already knew it was one of, if not the best division in football. Three of the four teams came away with a victory and the only team that lost did so with 40 seconds to go, to a rival NFC West team.
Here are the NFC West Standings after Week 1
|St. Louis||1||0||0||1.000||1-0-0||0-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||27||24||+3||Won 1|
|San Francisco||1||0||0||1.000||1-0-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||1-0-0||34||28||+6||Won 1|
Seattle Seahawks (1-0)
We’ve discussed the Seahawks vs. Panthers game at length on Emerald City Swagger and I highly recommend you check out our front page for a huge amount of great articles. Russell Wilson carried the team offensively with Marshawn Lynch being held in check by the Panthers front seven. Wilson completed at least two passed to eight different receivers and set a new career high in passing yards with 320.
The defense was solid yet again, even with one of the NFL’s top multi-threat quarterbacks to defend. Cam Newton was held to 125 yards passing and Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams failed to break 80 rushing yards. Earl Thomas forced a key turnover when he punched the ball from Williams’ hands during the last minute of the fourth quarter when the Panthers were threatening to take a lead.
San Francisco 49ers (1-0)
I personally thought that Colin Kaepernick was overrated and that the media was giving him way to hype considering he hasn’t played a full 16-game schedule. There’s still some convincing needed to change my mind but his performance against the Green Bay Packers was altogether impressive. 412 passing yards to go with 3 TD’s and no interceptions is a good day, even considering it was against the Packers defense.
The 49ers come to CenturyLink for Sunday Night Football this week and the 12th Man will be trying to set a record for loudest sports crowd for the Guinness Book of World Records. This will potentially be the most watched game of the entire NFL regular season.
St. Louis Rams (1-0)
This is the fourth season for Rams quarterback Sam Bradford and he finally has a team behind him that can contend in the NFL. Unfortunately for Bradford, he shares the division with two of the best teams in the league. The Cardinals present an opportunity for the Rams to at least salvage a somewhat respectable record against their division rivals in 2013. Last season the Rams beat and tied the 49ers in their two meeting and it would be great news for the Seahawks if they could do it again.
Bradford threw for nearly 300 yards (299) and completed both of his TD’s to TE Jared Cook against the Arizona Cardinals, a team that looks to be better thanks to Carson Palmer.
Arizona Cardinals (0-1)
This loss hurt the Cardinals as they were up by eleven entering the fourth quarter. On the bright side, Larry Fitzgerald finally has a competent quarterback throwing him the ball in Carson Palmer. Palmer threw for 327 yards and 2 TD’s, both to Fitzgerald who had 80 yards receiving. Both the Cardinals and Rams were held to under 90 yards rushing at it appears it will be tough to run against any of the four NFC West teams this season.