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NFC West Report: 17 Things to Know Entering Week 7

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With that said, here are 17 things to know about the San Francisco 49ers three divisional foes entering Week 7 of the regular season.

1. The Arizona Cardinals scored 20 second-half points to top the visiting Washington Redskins, 30-20.

  1. In his first game back since sustaining a strained right (throwing) shoulder, quarterback Carson Palmer was 28-of-44 passing for 250 yards and two touchdowns. "I felt like I had not played in a month," he said postgame. To his credit, after a five-week absence, he completed passes to 10 different receivers.
  1. The Cards defense had dug a hole for Palmer, yielding 13 second-quarter points. At halftime, defensive coordinator Todd Bowles "eschewed any strategic talk during halftime, instead using the time to loudly question the effort of his players," as Kyle Odegard of wrote. "As is the case when a normally laid-back coach flips the switch, it got the attention of the defense, and the message worked. It looked like a new group after intermission, forcing four turnovers."
  1. Cornerback Jerraud Powers (interception, forced fumble) recorded two of those two turnovers while peer Patrick Peterson struggled, giving up a 64-yard touchdown to Washington wideout DeSean Jackson.

5. There is a "slim chance" that the unit could have help on the way with defensive end Calais Campbell (MCL strain) recovering from injury, according to head coach Bruce Arians.

  1. Arizona sent Washington to 1-5 on Sunday. Next Sunday, the Cards face Palmer's previous employer, the 0-5 Oakland Raiders.

7. The St. Louis Rams, of course, fell before a national TV audience, losing their early 14-point lead to your 49ers.

  1. There were a couple of bright spots: St. Louis liked what it saw from rookie running back Tre Mason, who broke a 24-yard run on his first NFL carry.
  1. Another first-year pro the team clearly liked:
  1. Here is more of what the Rams had to say after their dissapointing defeat.
  1. The team will have to find some fixes in a hurry. In Week 7, they host...

12. The Seattle Seahawks, who also had a dissapointing result, falling to the Dallas Cowboys, 30-23.

13. Cornerback Byron Maxwell (sprained calf) was among the Seahawks to leave the game nicked up. His status is unclear.

14. Seattle's other top corner, Richard Sherman, was complimented for his ability to limit Cowboys wideout Dez Bryant to just one second-half reception.

  1. Offensively, the Seahawks made only nine first downs on offense, prompting wide receiver Doug Baldwin's "frustration to boil over."
  1. As a result, quarterback Russell Wilson suffered just the second home loss of his three-year career.
  1. Seattle did have another strong week on special teams, as Baldwin blocked a punt that was returned for six points.


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