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  1. RBs also hit tough sledding around here

    Mike Sando

    NFC West teams lead the NFL in shutting down quarterbacks. They also lead the league in yards per rushing attempt allowed on called running plays. By called running plays, I'm excluding quarterback scrambles. However, even if we included those pla...

    Blog | October 09, 2012
  2. With Brockers, Rams fortify against division

    Mike Sando

    The NFL trend toward a state of (pass) happiness has not swept over the NFC West. Go ahead and blame the quarterbacks, but realize, too, that the St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers have sought run-oriented identities through ...

    Blog | April 27, 2012
  3. 2011 All-NFC West Defense

    Mike Sando

    A look at my all-NFC West picks for the 2011 season, continuing with the defense: San Francisco 49ers rookie Aldon Smith defied categorization. I wasn't going to list him at the expense of every-down players at defensive end or linebacker. Neithe...

    Blog | January 05, 2012
  4. Passing league? NFC West runs strong

    Mike Sando

    Four of the 13 players with at least 1,000 yards rushing this season call the NFC West home. All four run with power. Two in particular -- Arizona's Beanie Wells and Seattle's Marshawn Lynch -- have racked up yardage after contact. Both rank am...

    Blog | January 01, 2012
  5. 2011 Cardinals Week 13: Five observations

    Mike Sando

    Five things I noticed while watching the Arizona Cardinals during their 19-13 overtime victory against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 13: Field goal confusion benefited Arizona. The Cowboys twice called timeouts before failed field goal attempts. Dal...

    Blog | December 05, 2011
  6. 2011 Gridiron Challenge: Gore, Crabtree

    Mike Sando

    SAN FRANCISCO -- A few last-minute fantasy considerations heading into the 2011 NFC West Gridiron Challenge for Week 13: Romo against the Cardinals: Arizona's defense is improving, but Tony Romo still seemed like a bargain relative to other quart...

    Blog | December 04, 2011
  7. NFC West Stock Watch

    Mike Sando

    FALLING 1. Steve Spagnuolo, St. Louis Rams coach. The Rams went 0-2 against Seattle and Arizona during their recently completed two-game homestand, likely the Rams' best remaining chance to get something going under their embattled coach. The Rams...

    Blog | November 29, 2011
  8. 2011 Gridiron Challenge: Rough RB week?

    Mike Sando

    Inside the 2011 NFC West Gridiron Challenge after Week 12: Leader: msclemons67, again, but with Jay Cutler suffering a broken thumb, it's time to search for another quarterback. High score of the week: ChampLeonard and The Big Hurt, each with 1...

    Blog | November 24, 2011
  9. 2011 Gridiron Challenge: Gore's status

    Mike Sando

    SAN FRANCISCO -- NFC West teams play the late games Sunday. That means I've got no excuses if my Gridiron Challenge again features players named inactive on game day. Yes, that was Philadelphia's DeSean Jackson leading a season-low 79-point showin...

    Blog | November 20, 2011
  10. Loading up to stop the 49ers' Frank Gore

    Mike Sando

    Frank Gore had played 92 games for the San Francisco 49ers and finished with positive rushing yardage in every one of them. Gore's 93rd game featured six carries for zero yards and a question: What happened? NFL Rushing Leaders vs. 8+ Box C...

    Blog | November 19, 2011
  11. 100-yard drought: Jackson vs. Seahawks

    Mike Sando

    Steven Jackson has played 14 regular-season and postseason games against the Seattle Seahawks, more than he's played against any other team. Not once in those 14 games has Jackson reached 100 yards rushing. He has reached 100 yards in 30 career ga...

    Blog | November 17, 2011
  12. Around the NFC West: 49ers and TD record

    Mike Sando

    Coach Jim Harbaugh recently pointed to defensive end Justin Smith as a potential MVP candidate through Week 10. Smith, the San Francisco 49ers' Pro Bowl defensive end, ranked 10th on Matt Williamson's Insider list of best NFL players, regardless o...

    Blog | November 16, 2011
  13. NFC West Stock Watch

    Mike Sando

    FALLING 1. Rams/Seahawks special teams. St. Louis had its game-winning attempt at a field goal blocked as regulation expired against Arizona. The Rams then allowed the second-longest punt return in NFL history. Seattle did a better job on its cove...

    Blog | November 08, 2011
  14. Around the NFC West: Seahawks allow 442

    Mike Sando

    Shaky, inconsistent quarterback play should come as no surprise for the Seattle Seahawks given how little they've invested in the position. The bigger surprise following their 23-13 defeat to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 9: They've now allowed at le...

    Blog | November 07, 2011
  15. Wrap-up: Cowboys 23, Seahawks 13

    Mike Sando

    Thoughts on the Seattle Seahawks' road defeat to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 9: What it means: The Seahawks are 2-6 and will stand five games behind the first-place San Francisco 49ers with eight games to play, assuming San Francisco does not blow ...

    Blog | November 06, 2011
  16. 2011 Rams Week 7: Five observations

    Mike Sando

    Five things I noticed while watching the St. Louis Rams during their 34-7 defeat at Dallas in Week 7: Rough start for center Jason Brown. The Rams wanted to establish Steven Jackson and the running game early. They were facing the NFL's top-ranke...

    Blog | October 26, 2011