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Week 3 NFC West Roundup

The 49ers and Cardinals are making quarterback changes for very different reasons, and the Seahawks finally get off the schneid

San Francisco 49ers v Kansas City Chiefs Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images


3 games into the season, the Los Angeles Rams have opened up a 2-game lead in the NFC West. While it usually isn’t too wise to be measuring the gap this early in the season, there’s a more than real chance that the lead only increases as the season goes on. Let’s take a look at what the rest of the west did on Sunday.

San Francisco 49ers 27, Kansas City Chiefs 38

49ers leaders:

Passing: Jimmy Garoppolo 20-30, 251 yards, 2 TDs

Rushing: Matt Breida 10 carries, 90 yards

Receiving: George Kittle 5 receptions, 79 yards

Perhaps the biggest news in the league on Sunday is that the 49ers (1-2) lost Garoppolo for the rest of the season to a torn ACL. The play happened late in the 4th quarter as Garoppolo was scrambling towards the sideline. Chiefs corner Steven Nelson massive, shoulder-to-shoulder hit on Garoppolo, who crumbled to the ground. Upon replay, it was shown that Garoppolo’s knee buckled before the hit was even laid. As most non-contact leg injuries go, 49ers fans braced for the worst and had their fears confirmed shortly thereafter. C.J. Beathard entered the game and threw a touchdown nullified by a penalty and saw no more action as the 49ers opted for a field goal and never saw got the ball back in the final 5 minutes. While it is safe to assume Beathard gets the call in the short-term, the 49ers are looking at several options in the free agency pool. One way to describe the cast of free agents? Star-studded.

Imagine being someone of Matt Moore’s talent and being able to say, “nah, I’m good” to a tryout. I think we can all aspire to be like Matt More.

Next week: @ Los Angeles Chargers (1-2)

Seattle Seahawks 24, Dallas Cowboys 13

Seahawks leaders:

Passing: Russell Wilson 16-26, 192 yards, 2 TDs

Rushing: Chris Carson 32 carries, 102 yards, 1 TD

Receiving: Tyler Lockett 4 receptions, 77 yards, 1 TD

The Seahawks (1-2) avoided an 0-3 start by taking advantage of a punchless Dallas Cowboys. If only for a moment, this game was reminiscent of the Seahawks teams that were a goal-line play from winning consecutive Super Bowls. Earl Thomas tallied 2 interceptions (and bowed towards the Cowboys sideline, a reference to the idea that the Cowboys were interested in trading for him during his holdout) and the offense leaned heavily on the run. Chris Carson seems to have established himself as the feature back over 1st-round pick Rashaad Penny, out-carrying him 32-3.

Next week: @ Arizona Cardinals (0-3)

Arizona Cardinals 14, Chicago Bears 16

Cardinals leaders

Passing: Sam Bradford 13-19, 157 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs

Rushing: David Johnson 12 carries, 31 yards

Receiving: Christian Kirk 7 receptions, 90 yards

The Cardinals (0-3) jumped out in front of the Bears, scoring touchdowns on 2 of their first 3 drives. Then the Cardinals spent the final 3 quarters watching their lead get chipped away. After Bradford was sack-fumbled with 11:33 left to play in the 4th, the Cardinals pulled him in favor of 10th overall pick Josh Rosen. The rookie’s first drive came with 4:31 left and the Cardinals facing a 14-16 deficit, needing to drive from his own 20 yard line against a Khalil Mack-led pass rush. Rosen amassed 31 yards on 4 of 6 attempts before throwing an interception to Bears CB Bryce Callahan. Arizona would get the ball back with less than a minute to play, but any chances at a Hail Mary were dashed as Rosen was sacked to end the game. Cardinals coached announced on Monday that Rosen is the starter moving forward.

Next game: vs. Seattle Seahawks (1-2)