For the first time in his career, 49ers quarterback Alex Smith was named the NFC offensive player of the week. His performance was near flawless as he completed 18 of 19 passes for 232 yards and three scores. Not to mention his quarterback rating was an impressive 157.1.
Smith only needed one more pass attempt to officially qualify for the NFL single-game completion percentage record. However, his 19 pass attempts were the most ever in one game with just one incompletion. Here is what offensive coordinator Greg Roman told Kyle Bonagura of CBSSports.com.
Alex was very sharp playing quarterback, Roman said. He took it one play at a time, stayed very sharp. I think he had a real understanding of what the Cardinals were trying to do and was very good, very efficient with his reads, very accurate, and the guys made plays, the wide receivers made plays.
Smith's award proved to be the first NFC offensive player of the week honor since Frank Gore won the award in 2009. Even head coach Jim Harbaugh was surprised as to how well his quarterback played on Monday Night Football.
"Yeah, that registered, that he was on a hot streak. Did I know exactly what his statistics were? No, I wasn't,” Harbaugh said after Wednesday's practice. “That it was only one incompleted pass? Yeah, I was surprised by that.”
Going into Monday night's game I would have never thought No. 11 would have had a record-setting night like he had. I figured Arizona's defense would force Smith to beat them with his arm by slowing down the running game, yet I don't think anyone thought he would do it as well as he did.
San Francisco is firing on all cylinders right now and heads into the bye week healthier than they have been all year. With that, let's take a look at other news stories from the three other clubs in the NFC West.
Kareem Copeland of NFL.com says head coach Ken Whisenhunt is not changing quarterbacks in Arizona. John Skelton will be the starter despite fans clamoring for sixth-round pick Ryan Lindley.
Zach Kruse of Bleacher Report breaks down the probability of a DeAngelo Williams trade to the Cardinals—but I say no.
The Associated Press reports on how Pete Carroll finds the Seahawks inability to stop anyone on third downs "disturbing."
Thomas Holmes of Bleacher Report takes on the ever-daunting task of trying to predict every Seahawks game over the second half of the season.
St. Louis Rams
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post Dispatch tells us that coach Jeff Fisher wants to focus on red-zone offense, not Steven Jackson trade rumors.
Dan Gruchala of Bleacher Report examines the one player the Rams need to trade before the trade deadline.
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