NFC West Teams Finish Sunday a Perfect 4-0, and More News from the West

Tyson Langland@TysonNFLNFC West Lead WriterSeptember 17, 2012

FOXBORO, PA - SEPTEMBER 16: Sam Acho #94 of the Arizona Cardinals celebrates following a missed field goal by Stephen Gostkowski #3 of the New England Patriots during the game on September 16, 2012 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Long gone are the days of the NFC West being called a soft, weak division. Going into yesterday's game every opponent of the NFC West had a 1-0 record. The general public still gives the division no love considering three of the four teams were underdogs, however the national main stream media is starting to pay attention. 

At the end of last year we were all aware of how good the 49ers were, as they finished 13-3. But, people now forget that the Cardinals have won nine of their last 11 contests, the Rams look like they have a new competitive edge under Coach Fisher and the Seahawks wiped out a Cowboys team that put it on the reigning Super Bowl champs in Week 1.

As Pro Football Talk noted, the NFL has five teams at the 2-0 mark. And yep, the NFC West has two of those five. Arizona at 2-0 was something I never thought would happen considering their problems at the quarterback position, yet a good defense proves that you don't have to be an offensive juggernaut to win every game. 

To anoint this division as the best division in football would be a little premature, however they arguably have three of the top 10 defenses in the NFL. By divisional rank San Francisco is the clear No. 1, Arizona is No. 2 and Seattle is No. 3. St. Louis doesn't quite have that elite status on defense yet, but they are young and have some solid pieces in the secondary and along the defensive line.

After a perfect Sunday, let's take a look at the rest of the news around the NFC West.    


Arizona Cardinals

Dan Bickley of breaks down how the Cardinals left Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots looking for answers. 

Cooper Allen of Bleacher Report takes a look at Arizona's biggest winners and losers from Week 2.


San Francisco 49ers

Marcus Thompson II of the interviews Vernon Davis and says he gave up the dunk in favor of the jump shot. 

Matt Miller of Bleacher Report revealed his Week 2 power rankings and for the second week in a row the 49ers stay on top. 


Seattle Seahawks 

Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times says Russell Wilson moved past his debut with a solid second effort that led Seattle to a 27-7 victory.

Baily Deeter of Bleacher Report begs the question, how far can Russell Wilson take the Seahawks?


St. Louis Rams

According to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Rams used a secret weapon to attack the Washington Redskins game plan. 

Tim Keeney of Bleacher Report gives us the latest on Steven Jackson's groin injury and his status for Week 3.