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NFC West Roundup: Dropping Passes, Tough Guys And Windmills

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Week two of the NFL is only a day away. Every team within the NFC West will be playing a team outside the division this week and every team except the 49ers are on the road. 

The Cardinals have a real chance to get a leg up in the division with the 49ers playing a tough Cowboys team at home. For now, let's look at what each team is up to in this week's NFC West Roundup. 

General NFC West News:

 

Injury thoughts on Sidney Rice, NFC West - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Some NFC West injury info heading into week two.

 

Final Word: NFC West - NFC West Blog - ESPN

Some random tidbits of information from Mike Sando at ESPN. These numbers further reinforce the strong performance from Kevin Kolb last weekend.

 

St. Louis Rams: 

 

Steven Jackson: Bad luck or ominous sign? - NFC West Blog - ESPN
No one can truly figure out why Steven Jackson always seems to be injured. Mike Sando does his best in the way of figuring out if Jackson has already hit the proverbial wall at 28 years of age.

 

Bradford throws, Rams exhale

It looks like Sam Bradford will be good to go for Monday Night Football against the Giants

 

Rams Reshuffle at Corner: stlouisrams.com
The Rams are sustaining injuries in their secondary and because of that, they are now having to bring in a lot of old, yet familiar names like Al Harris.

 

Rams already have four dropped passes - NFC West Blog - ESPN

We know that St. Louis doesn't really have a star receiver, but their agglomeration of players they do have need to step it up.

 

Seattle Seahawks:

 

Pete Carroll confirms Robert Gallery will start at LG and James Carpenter at RT - Field Gulls
The offensive line of the Seahawks continues to remain in flux. 

 

Seahawks Blog | Mike Tomlin says Tarvaris 'a legit tough guy' | Seattle Times Newspaper
It's really nice of Steelers coach Mike Tomlin to build up Tarvaris Jackson's confidence only to tear it all the way down on Sunday.

 

Seattle Seahawks team report: Lynch will be measuring stick for offense - NFL - Sporting News

Danny O'Neil from The Seattle Times basically says that the Seahawks will go as Marshawn Lynch goes. I tend to think that they will go as Tarvaris Jackson goes, though.

 

Seahawks Blog | 0-1 is too soon to see a trend; 0-2 however ... | Seattle Times Newspaper
Some trends in regards to how the Seahawks have started their seasons in the past.

 

San Francisco 49ers:

 

49ers Aldon Smith is volatile windmill at line of scrimmage - Sacramento Sports - Kings, 49ers, Raiders, High School Sports | Sacramento Bee

Anytime I hear Aldon Smith and DeMarcus Ware in the same sentence, I don't know whether I should be laughing or bracing myself for 10+ years of pass rushing dominance.

 

San Francisco 49ers notebook: Scrambling Alex Smith is making plays on the run - San Jose Mercury News

The 49ers are excited about Alex Smith's ability to play outside of the pocket and on the run. I'm not sure that's what he was drafted to do, but as long as they're getting something from him...

 

49ers Blog and Q&A: Has Frank Gore lost a step? The answer is ....

Frank Gore is still Frank Gore, but it looks like he found a new nemesis in Earl Thomas of the Seattle Seahawks.

 

49ers' Ray McDonald paying immediate dividends

The 49ers really wanted to re-sign defensive end Ray McDonald, even though he hadn't started a game for them in over two years. Well, it looks like holding on to him turned out to be a wise choice.