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NFC West Report: Cardinals Win Fourth Straight



In this edition of the NFC West Report, recaps Week 12's action within the division.

St. Louis Rams

Decision:42-21 victory over the Chicago Bears.**



Offense: Wideout Tavon Austin's 65-yard rushing touchdown, the longest Rams scoring run since Marshall Faulk's 70-yard scamper in 2001, springboarded a 21-point third quarter.

Defense:Defensive end Robert Quinn earned a sack, strip and 31-yard touchdown return just before the two-minute warning.

Stock up:Backup rookie running back Benny Cunningham (109 yards on 13 carries) joined fellow first-year pro Zac Stacey in St. Louis' impressive backfield. 

Stat: With Stacey and Cunningham forming quite the one-two punch on the ground and Austin arriving in the passing game, rookies have scored 14 of the team's 30 touchdowns this season, an NFL high.

Quote:"We've just been playing great all-around," offensive tackle Jake Long told "Having great team wins, finishing games, really working hard in practice, and that's been carrying over into games."

Ahead: St. Louis visits San Francisco in Week 13.


Great game in St. Louis. Big win. #STL #RamUpSon #RamsNation — Marshall Faulk (@marshallfaulk) November 25, 2013


Arizona Cardinals

Decision:40-11 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

Offense: Wideout Larry Fitzgerald caught both of Carson Palmer's impressive touchdown tosses.

Defense: Linebacker Karlos Dansby notched a pick-six midway through the second quarter.

Stock up:Michael Floyd recorded his second straight 100-yard game on seven catches for 104 yards.

Stat:Fitzgerald's 52 yards receiving made him the NFL's youngest player ever to reach 11,000 career yards receiving.

Quote:"Normally, I usually come in and talk about a statistic or two, but really the only one that matters is a 'W,' " coach Bruce Arians told "From here on in, it doesn't matter about third-down statistics, red-zone statistics, rushing statistics, it's just winning damn games."

Ahead: Arizona visits the 6-5 Philadelphia Eagles in Week 13.


Shhhhh. The #AZCardinals are 7-4. Don't tell the @nfl. They may retweet it. Or not. #INDvsAZ — Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) November 25, 2013


Seattle Seahawks


Ahead: Seattle hosts the 9-2 New Orleans Saints in Week 12.


Statement by an @nfl spokesperson: Walter Thurmond of the Seattle Seahawks has been suspended without pay for the team's next four games... — Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) November 26, 2013

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