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NFC West Update: Rams Retake Division Lead; Adrian Peterson Leads Cardinals Over 49ers
A recap of the latest news and notes from around the NFC West division following Week 9’s slate of NFL action: Read
What Happened: The Cardinals (4-4) took care of business on the road against San Francisco, leaving the Bay Area with a 20-10 win over the 49ers (0-9). Read
- With starting quarterback Carson Palmer sidelined for the next several weeks with a broken arm, Arizona relied on Adrian Peterson to carry the load offensively, and the veteran running back delivered, carrying a career-high 37 times for 159 yards in the win over San Francisco.
- Linebacker Karlos Dansby recorded a timely interception in Sunday’s win to become just the fifth player in NFL history with 20 picks and 40 sacks in a career.
- The Cardinals defense racked up five sacks and 16 quarterback hits in the win.
What’s Next: Like the Seahawks, the Cardinals are operating on a short week this week and will host Seattle on Thursday Night Football in the Arizona desert. Read
Los Angeles Rams
What Happened: The Rams (6-2) dismantled the Giants (1-7) at New York, 51-17, winning their third game in a row and retaking possession of first place in the NFC West. Read
- A look at seven stats to know from Sunday’s win, including the fact that first-year head coach Sean McVay has the Rams off to their best start since 2001.
- A look at how McVay, the NFL’s youngest head coach, addressed his club after its Week 9 win.
- Los Angeles racked up a season-high 473 yards of offense in Sunday’s win, and reclaimed the title of the League’s top scoring team.
What’s Next: The Rams host the Houston Texans (3-5) in Week 10 in Los Angeles. Read
San Francisco 49ers
What Happened: The 49ers (0-9) remain winless on the season after dropping a 20-10 result to the Cardinals. Read
- San Francisco rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard made his third start of the season, completing 24-of-51 throws for a season-high 294 yards. He also rushed for a touchdown in the loss.
- Head coach Kyle Shanahan discussed what went wrong against Arizona.
- 49ers players react after losing their ninth straight.
What’s Next: San Francisco continues to look for its first win of the season as it welcomes the Giants to Levi’s Stadium in Week 10 before going on bye in Week 11.Read