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NFC West Roundup: Road Trips, First Round Busts And Boneheaded Plays

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Just on a completely non-football related note, congratulations to the hometown Arizona Diamondbacks on clinching the NL West last night, well done. 

In other news, week three is almost upon us in the NFL and the Arizona Cardinals will face off against their first NFC West opponent of the year, the Seattle Seahawks. Let's get some stories from around the web on them, along with the 49ers and Rams in this week's NFC West Roundup. 

San Francisco 49ers:


2011 49ers Week 2: Five observations - NFC West Blog - ESPN

ESPN's Mike Sando has some observations about the San Francisco 49ers.


49ers Blog and Q&A: Niner Notes: Concussed Smith said he felt fine Monday morning

49ers QB Alex Smith suffered a concussion against the Cowboys, but he is apparently feeling fine and ready to go for this Sunday against the Bengals.


It's time for 49ers' offense to open up |

Jim Harbaugh is already being criticized for not opening up the 49ers offense. It's a risky proposition, as the thought that Alex Smith can lead a complex offense is somewhat scary.


San Francisco 49ers – Niner Insider Blog – " Seeking cure for case of road blues

San Francisco looks to be taking an extended road trip. Between the Bengals game and when they play the Eagles the next week, the 49ers will be staying in Ohio.



Seattle Seahawks: 


2011 Seahawks Week 2: Five observations - NFC West Blog - ESPN

Sando's observations on the Seahawks. Blog | Thursday in Hawkville

Aaron Curry, the former 4th overall pick from 2009, has been demoted and will no longer be a starting linebacker for the Seahawks. K.J. Wright, his rookie replacement, is already showing promise. 


LuckWatch 2011: An initial look - NFC West Blog - ESPN

Sando puts Seattle as the team in the best position to land Andrew Luck with the first overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft. 


Arizona Cardinals vs Seattle Seahawks: Things To Look For - Field Gulls

Jacson from Field Gulls lists 5 things the Seahawks will need to do in order to beat the Cardinals on Sunday. 



St. Louis Rams:


Jackson tests thigh, remains questionable

Steven Jackson likely won't play this weekend against the Ravens and Cadillac Williams is banged up as well. The RB position is starting to look a bit thin in St. Louis.


Who is Responsible for the Rams Wide Receivers? - Turf Show Times

Rams fans are starting to become a bit vexed with the group of no-name receivers on their roster. So now their job will be to find who to headhunt and blame it all on. 


Williams: No excuses for 'bonehead move'

If you watched last week's Monday Night Football that pitted the Rams against the Giants, then you know all too well about the swing pass that turned into a fumble because it was ruled to be a backwards throw. Cadillac Williams is now taking the blame. Tony Softli - Ravens More Hype than Substance

At least somebody thinks the Rams can beat the Ravens this weekend (I'm not one of them). I disagree that the Ravens are all hype, but this is still worth a read.