Week 7 featured the Seattle Seahawks continuing their domination within the division by defeating the Arizona Cardinals 34-22. The Rams lost 30-15 to the Carolina Panthers, but worse news was the loss of starting quarterback Sam Bradford to a knee injury that may put him out for the rest of the season. The 49ers took of business on the road winning 31-17 against the Tennessee Titans.
Here is a look at one aspect from what each NFC West team did in Week 7:
The second-year quarterback on Thursday helped continue the Seahawks’ success this season by tossing three touchdown passes with 235 passing yards on a 122.1 passer rating. Wilson’s first two touchdown gave his team an early 14-0 lead which they never looked back upon and his final touchdown throw came in the third quarter to help maintain a double digit lead over the Cardinals. With the calm and collected Wilson under center to go along with a stellar defense barring any significant injuries makes the Seahawks a legit Super Bowl contender.
The 10-year veteran struggles in the passing game persisted against the Seahawks in Week 7 as he threw two more interceptions that were both converted by Seattle into touchdowns. In the last five games he has thrown 11 interceptions, which ranks him second behind Eli Manning’s league-worst 15 interceptions. The Cardinals traded for Palmer this past offseason in hopes of turning the offense around but so far this season the team has been unable to formulate any consistency within the offense to help string a few wins together. Thursday’s loss for Arizona also marked the eighth consecutive loss against an NFC West opponent.
The major news for Bradford was not his play in Week 7 of 255 passing yards with one touchdown pass and one interception but the injury he suffered in the fourth quarter. The Rams’ franchise quarterback went down in a significant amount of pain from his left knee after being shoved out of bounds by Panthers safety Michael Mitchell. Reports have stated that he has suffered an ACL tear which would likely rule him out of the season and if that is the case this may put a huge damper on the Rams’ hope of making a push for the playoffs this season.
The 49ers all-time leading rusher had an impactful game in Week 7 with 70 yards on the ground but more importantly his two rushing touchdowns. His pair of 1-yard touchdown runs put the game out of reach for the Titans as the second score pushed the lead to 24-0 midway through the third quarter. Gore has a been a steady contributor to the offense and has been one of the major factors to the 49ers success this season. San Francisco has quietly put together a four-game winning streak and is starting to look like the team of they were last season. The 49ers are only becoming healthier on offense with Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham expected to return within the next couple of weeks.
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