With the first weekend of preseason action in the books, here's how the rest of the NFC West fared and what they're talking about heading into the second week of the preseason:
Niners lose to Raiders 18-6: The Niners got off to a slow start but as you might guess, the real question in San Fran was which QB performed the best? The offense sputtered out of the gates but the defense didn't allow the Raiders offense to score until the third quarter (first OAK TD was a punt return). The big news out of the Bay area over the weekend though was that the Niners signed free agent linebacker Takeo Spikes. He could end up being a starter and will no doubt be a good veteran presence for budding super-star Patrick Willis.
Rams lose to Titans: 34-13: In what was a forgettable night for Rams fans, the Rams played without their best player (Steven Jackson) and couldn't get the offense or defense on track. Bulger's first completed pass was the to the Titans and resulted in a quick touchdown, although he did lead them to a field goal on his next drive. As you might expect, the Rams defense didn't have much of a problem shutting down the Titan passing game but they had no answer for their running game. The Titans racked up 340 yards on the ground (averaged 7.9 yards per rush), including a 66 yard touchdown run to rookie Chris Johnson and two other runs over 30 yards.
Seahawks beat Vikings 34-17: The Hawks downed the Vikings in a game that saw 24 points scored in the first quarter (SEA up 17-7) and 34 points combined by halftime (17-17). Both starting quarterbacks had good starts but the real difference would come in the third quarter when Seneca Wallace would lead the offense on two short touchdowns drives. The Vikings all-world running back Adrian Peterson didn't play at all and backup Chester Taylor only had four carries leaving the Minnesota offense to the questionable arms of Tarvaris Jackson, Gus Frerotte and John David Booty who combined for 5.9 yards per passing play.