Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE
With the 49ers' victory over the Seahawks on Thursday night and the Cardinals losing to the Vikings on the road, San Francisco is now in sole possession of first place in the division.
The NFC West had another rough day(s) in week 7, as all but one team failed to advance their record in a positive direction. The 49ers managed to beat the Seahawks on Thursday night at Candlestick, while the Cardinals and Rams faced opponents that may have been a bit over their heads.
The battle between the 49ers and Seahawks was a low scoring affair as many would have guessed, but it was the run game that really kicked in to high gear. Frank Gore showed that he still has plenty of gas left in the tank after rushing for 131 yards on just 16 carries. The team highly benefited from Joe Staley's return, as he had sat out from practice all week after sustaining a concussion. Marshawn Lynch wasn't too shabby himself, rushing for over 100 yards, but failing to reach the end zone.
There were two very unlikely leading receivers in the game, as Gore led his team in receptions and yards, while Ben Obomanu led the Seahawks with 3 catches for 50 yards. In the end, this game was determined by which team's offense did a better job and as history would prove is more likely, the home team came out on top.
Guess what? Aaron Rodgers is back. After a slow start for the Packers this season, it appears Green Bay is back on track and they were ready to roll over the St. Louis Rams. Rodgers' 342 yards and 3 TD's through the air, most of them to Jordy Nelson, came in handy, as the Rams managed to shut the run game of the Packers completely down. Are they the best run defending team in the NFC West, one year after being one of the worst in the entire NFL? That may be the case, as they were the only team to hold their opponent's main running back under 100 yards in week 7.
The Cardinals, on the other hand, had one hell of a time with Adrian Peterson. We knew that he was one of the most powerful, shifty and explosive backs in the league, but this guy looks like he never injured his knee whatsoever. His 153 yards rushing surely made plenty of his fantasy owners enthused. Couple that with the Vikings defense landing plenty of blows on quarterback John Skelton and you have the recipe for the third straight Cardinals defeat. Things are getting mighty ugly might fast in Arizona.
We will see how things pan out next week as the Cardinals host the 49ers on Monday Night Football.