GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 06: Head coach Steve Spagnuolo of the St. Louis Rams walks on the sidelines during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on November 6, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Rams 19-13 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Links and news from around the NFC West.
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San Francisco 49ers:
Now it's clear: Inside 49ers' passing game - NFC West Blog - ESPN
How the 49ers under the QB play of Alex Smith have remained successful this season.
49ers Blog and Q&A: Can Giants "big nickel" stop No. 21?
The 49ers square off against the New York Giants this weekend. How will Big Blue plan on stopping Frank Gore?
49ers vs. Giants: Eli Manning in For A Long One Against Niners Front Seven - Niners Nation
An examination of how the 49ers front seven is likely to present problems for Eli Manning and the Giants on Sunday.
Following up: About that 'pretender' label - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Some people are still under the assumption that the 49ers are 'pretenders'.
49ers Vs. Giants Injury Report: Ahmad Bradshaw Out, Ray McDonald TBD - Niners Nation
A breakdown of the 49ers and Giants injury reports.
Seahawks | Seahawks cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman making big impressions | Seattle Times Newspaper
The Seahawks have two tall cornerbacks starting in the secondary right now and Pete Carroll is loving the way they are handling themselves.
Russell Okung manned up, and will need to again - Blog - MyNorthwest.com
Russell Okung did well against DeMarcus Ware, but will he be able to contain Terrell Suggs this weekend against the Ravens?
Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: Pete Carroll Is Not Getting A Fair Shake
Fans should give Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll some slack.
Midseason Seahawks Thoughts, A - M - Field Gulls
Much like we have done here at ROTB, here are some midseason thoughts on the Seahawks.
Ravens at Seahawks Wishes: An Ode to Days of Yore - Field Gulls
A poem for the Hawks and Ravens game on Sunday. Because sports and Poe go hand in hand. This may be one of the most creative sports articles I have ever read. Well done.
St. Louis Rams:
Rams bench center Jason Brown- Stltoday.com
Center Jason Brown of the St. Louis Rams has been benched after signing a big contract in 2009. Much like the Cardinals, the Rams cannot seem to produce a quality offensive line.
Rams Vs. Browns Injury Report: Sam Bradford, Steven Jackson On The List Today - Turf Show Times
The St. Louis Rams will likely have Sam Bradford and Steven Jackson in action this week, but they are both dealing with injuries. Other players from the Rams and Browns will not be able to go.
Bradford increases workload- STLtoday.com
Quarterback Sam Bradford increased his workload Thursday, sharing snaps on the first unit with A.J. Feeley in preparation for Sunday's game against the Browns.
St. Louis Rams Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo Approaches Historical Significance - Turf Show Times
Can Steve Spagnuolo survive this season as the St. Louis Rams head coach? If he loses this weekend to the Browns, he will have tied a new Rams record... one that he probably would have preferred to avoid.
St. Louis Rams Mid-Season Grade - Turf Show Times
The St. Louis Rams have had a poor first half of the season. Here are some of their grades through eight games played.