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Week 13 NFC West roundup: Los Angeles Rams continue to lead the way

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The two top teams won important games to keep the status quo.

Los Angeles Rams v Arizona Cardinals Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Rams remain on top of the NFC West standings. After a tough and gritty battle against the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, the Rams emerged as 32-16 victors with solid play from both sides of the football.

With the season winding down and only four games (25%) left to play in the regular season, the battle for the division crown will only intensify week after week.

Los Angeles Rams

The Rams traveled to Glendale and won 32-16 against the Cardinals. The Cardinals, playing without many key players like Carson Palmer and Adrian Peterson, held in as tough as they could until the second half when the Rams outscored the Cardinals 13-3.

Jared Goff continues to look comfortable and Todd Gurley remains the Rams offense’s biggest threat as a runner and receiver. With Robert Woods still on the mend, it’s good to see players like Cooper Kupp, Sammy Watkins and Gerald Everett step up.

With Philadelphia visiting next week, the Rams must perform well to keep pace before their showdown in Seattle in two weeks.

Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks won the Sunday Night Football game against the visiting Philadelphia Eagles. Led by MVP candidate Russell Wilson and the “next man up” defense, the Seahawks stymied Carson Wentz and made just enough offensive plays to win. Mike Davis emerged as a keep rusher with 16 carries for 64 yards.

Before their matchup with the Rams in two weeks, the Seahawks must travel across the country to face the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals lost to the Rams on Sunday with many big plays given up on special teams. With Carson Palmer and Adrian Peterson out, the Cards offense couldn’t keep up, despite some flashes from Larry Fitzgerald and Kerwynn Williams.

The Cards will face the Tennessee Titans at home next week.

San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers won their second game of the season in Jimmy Garoppolo’s first career 49er start against a tough Chicago Bears defense. The 49ers offense was also helped by Trent Taylor and Marquise Goodwin, who combined for 191 yards receiving.

The 49ers will likely use the rest of the season to see what they have in Garoppolo, after trading a second round pick to get him. In another storyline, it was cool to see Robbie Gould get a game-winning kick against his former team.

San Francisco will travel to Houston to take on the Texans led by Tom Savage.