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16 Things to Know about the NFC West Entering Week 6

Posted Oct 7, 2014

Everything else on this site is to educate and entertain you from a 49ers perspective. This one is for those interested in the team's divisional rivals.

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With that said, here are 16 things to know about the San Francisco 49ers three divisional rivals entering Week 6 of the regular season.

1. The Arizona Cardinals lost 41-20 to the Denver Broncos, leaving them in a tie atop the standings.

2. The Cards suffered a slew of injuries in Week 5, including linebacker Matt Shaughnessy (knee) will miss several weeks on the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return List, and defensive end Calais Campbell (MCL strain) could miss one to three weeks.

3. Campbell fell victim to a "lure block," which the NFL is cracking down.

4. Cornerback Patrick Peterson also left the Broncos game with an ankle injury, but he should be good to go for the team's Week 6 matchup.

5. Arizona hosts 1-4 Washington on Sunday.

6. Who will play quarterback in that game is "TBD." Drew Stanton, who was starting in place of Carson Palmer (shoulder), exited early with a concussion. Then Stanton gave way to Logan Thomas, who was sacked on his first two drop-backs.

7. The St. Louis Rams, who lost 34-28 to the Philadelphia Eagles, also have a question at quarterback. Austin Davis finished with 375 yards and three touchdowns in come-back mode, but he also lost two fumbles. Still, he was annointed the season-long starter by head coach Jeff Fisher.

8. Losing running back Zac Stacy to injury (calf) didn't help things, although backup Benny Cunningham filled in well as St. Louis tried to overcome a 27-point deficit.

9. Rams players were already moving onto preparations for "Monday Night Football" against the visiting 49ers.

10. The Seattle Seahawks don't play the 49ers until Weeks 13 and 15, and they might need that much more time to get ready. The 'Hawks looked beatable in their 27-17, "Monday Night Football" win in Washington.

11. The offense went three-and-out nine times and the team committed 13 penalties.

12. That said, quarterback Russell Wilson's 122 rushing yards were the most in "Monday Night Football" history.

13. Also, wideout Percy Harvin had three touchdowns called back by penalty.

14. Defensively, inside linebacker Bobby Wagner has recorded at least eight tackles in 15 straight games, including the postseason.

15. Like the 49ers, the Seahawks executed a fake field goal*.

16. Speaking of special teams, former San Francisco wideout Ricardo Lockette has carved out a role for himself as the team's gunner.

*This story has been corrected.


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