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Arizona 4-1; San Francisco 3-1; St. Louis 3-2; Seattle 2-2
Arizona: Coach Ken Whisenhunt deserves a ton of credit. This team looked pathetic in the preseason. They had no quarterback and a horrible offensive line. The line is still an issue but I do think that Kevin Kolb is proving himself. He's completing 62.6 percent of passes with seven touchdowns and two interceptions, and can make plays. They do need a running game with Ryan Williams only averaging 3.0 yards per carry. Beanie Wells' 2.6 wasn't getting it done and now he's hurt. The receivers are decent with the amazing Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and Andre Roberts. The defense is great, led by LB Darryl Washintgon and DE Calais Campbell.
San Francisco: Coach Jim Harbaugh gets a ton of credit and deserves it. I think the Vikings' loss was a blip, although let's face it, the Vikes are much better than anticipated. Alex Smith is certainly better, completing 67.3 percent passing with five touchdowns and one interception. I still worry a bit about his accuracy, and he certainly stumbled a bit against the Jets. Frank Gore has been great, averaging 4.9 yards per carry. Kendall Hunter is a terrific second back, averaging 4.6. The 49ers' receiving group is terrific with Michael Crabtree, Vernon Davis and Mario Manningham. The defense is sick, led by LBs NoVorro Bowman and Patrick Willis. Aldon Smith has 4.5 sacks.
St. Louis: I love Jeff Fisher and have no doubt he will bring this team back. Sam Bradford's stats are so-so with a 61.6-percent completion rate for four touchdowns and four picks. But he can do better. Steven Jackson has been a disappointment—my third round pick, oye—averaging 3.3 yards per carry. The Rams' seventh-round pick out of Abilene Christian, Daryl Richardson, has been great, averaging 5.0 yards per carry. The receivers are very limited other than Danny Amendola, who got hurt last night. It's a decent defense with LBs James Laurinaitis and Jo-Lon Dunbar and DE Chris Long. CB Cortland Finnegan brings nastiness to the secondary.
Seattle: I'm not sure what to make of crazy Pete Carroll's team. They are only 28th in the league in scoring and the jury is way out on Russell Wilson at quarterback. He is completing a decent 60 percent of passes, but with only four touchdowns and four picks. I love his intangibles, but I'm not sure he is the man. They gave Matt Flynn a lot of money to sit, and I think you'll see him soon. Marshawn Lynch has been great running the ball, but the receivers are lacking. The defense is living up to the hype, especially the very physical secondary.
Division Winner: San Francisco
Wild Card: None