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NFC West Report: Tavon Austin Awesome in Indy


*In this edition of the NFC West Report, recaps Week 10's action within the division.

St. Louis Rams

Decision:38-8 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

Offense:Pair signal-caller Kellen Clemens with great defensive and special teams efforts and this is what happens; Clemens only attempted 16 passes, but he accumulated 138 of his 247 passing yards on two touchdown tosses.

Defense: Rams defenders created five turnovers, including four interceptions and a fumble returned for a touchdown, against Colts quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Matt Hasselbeck.

Stock up:Rookie wide receiver Tavon Austin, whose rookie campaign had been quiet before Sunday, returned a punt 98 yards for a touchdown and caught touchdown passes of 81 yards and 57 yards.

Stat:This was the team's first win since starting quarterback Sam Bradford went down with injury on Oct. 20, snapping a three-game skid.

Quote:"He has the chance to change games, and we're going to continue working to get him the football," Rams coach Jeff Fisher told "There's respect for him. After the return for a touchdown, the pooch punts took over, but when he gets his hands on it, you see what he can do."

Ahead: St. Louis is idle in Week 11.

Newsy Tweet:

Fisher announces the #Rams will practice on Wednesday and Thursday, before taking the next four days off. — St. Louis Rams (@STLouisRams) November 11, 2013

Arizona Cardinals

Decision:27-24 win over the Houston Texans.


Offense: The Cardinals overcame three turnovers, including another Carson Palmer interception and two fumbles by tandem running backs Andre Ellington and Rashard Mendenhall.

Defense: The unit scored the game's first points on the first play from scrimmage: Veteran linebacker John Abraham forced Case Keenum's fumble, and fellow 'backer Matt Shaughnessy picked it up and ran six yards into the end zone.

Stat:The first of two Palmer touchdown tosses, a 12-yard screen pass to tight end Rob Housler, was the 200th of Palmer's career.

Quote:"We played against the number one (ranked) defense (in the NFL) today," Palmer told, "and I would take our defense over their defense."

Ahead: Arizona visits the 1-8 Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 11.

Seattle Seahawks

Decision:33-10 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

Offense: Running back Marshawn Lynch gained 145 yards on 24 carries. Enough said.

Defense:Defensive end Michael Bennett increased his team-leading sack total to 6.5.

Stock up:With speedy wideout Percy Harvin still not back from injury, Golden Tate - a nifty pass-catcher in his own right - now has 228 receiving yards and three touchdowns over his past three outings.

Stat: The Seahawks already have a franchise-high-tying five road wins with two away games left on their schedule, including a Dec. 8 visit to San Francisco.

Quote:"It was really the game we've been looking for," Seattle's coach Pete Carroll told "About a month ago I was waiting to see this happen. Some really good things happened this week with the team behind closed doors. The guys answered the call really well. I thought we played a complete football game, and played terrifically defensively throughout."

Ahead: Seattle hosts the 2-7 Minnesota Vikings in Week 11.

Newsy Tweet:

Seahawks activate WR Percy Harvin from physically unable to perform list and release DT Michael Brooks. — Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) November 11, 2013

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