NFC West Update: Seahawks' Division Rivals Earn Wins in Week 1

A look at how the Seahawks' division rivals performed to open the 2015 regular season.

A tough Week 1 result for the Seahawks got even tougher after Monday night's slate of games, as the Seahawks saw each of their division rivals pick up wins in the NFL's opening week.

You already know how the Rams topped the Seahawks at St. Louis' Edward Jones Dome, but the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers notched home wins of their own. Each NFC West team will play on the road in Week 2, but before we get there, here's a look back at what went down around the division to open the 2015 regular season:

ARIZONA CARDINALS (1-0)

The Result

The Cardinals topped the New Orleans Saints, 31-19, at Glendale's University of Phoenix Stadium.

What Happened

In his first game back from the torn ACL that put an early end to his 2014 season, Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer threw for 307 yards and three touchdowns against the Saints, tossing scores to tight end Darren Fells - who spent part of 2013 with the Seahawks, rookie running back David Johnson, and wideout John Brown ... Star pass catcher Larry Fitzgerald led the club in catches (6) and receiving yards (87) ... The Arizona defense gave up 355 yards passing to quarterback Drew Brees, but held the Saints offense to just one touchdown, forcing field goals on four occasions.

Who's Hurt

Andre Ellington led all rushers with 69 yards (5.8-yard average) and a touchdown, but the Cardinals No. 1 running back was carted off with a PCL sprain. Arizona head coach Bruce Arians hasn't yet put a timetable on Ellington's return.

Name(s) to Know

Running backs Chris and David Johnson. Chris, the veteran Arizona acquired late in free agency who topped 2,000 yards rushing in 2009 as a member of the Tennessee Titans, would be first in line for carries if Ellington misses any time. David, who the Cardinals selected in the third round of the 2015 draft, would backup Chris at the spot.

Worth a Look

David Johnson's 55-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown against the Saints.

What's Next

The Cardinals travel to Chicago to take on the Bears (0-1) at Soldier Field.


SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (1-0)

The Result

The 49ers topped the Minnesota Vikings, 20-3, at Santa Clara's Levi's Stadium.

What Happened

In his first career start, second-year running back Carlos Hyde did well in replacing veteran ball carrier Frank Gore on the 49ers offense, carrying 26 times for career-high 168 yards, including touchdown runs of 17 and 10 yards to help give Jim Tomsula a win in his debut as head coach ... Hyde's 168 yards were the most by a Niners running back since Gore ran for 207 yards against the Seahawks in 2009 ... Quarterback Colin Kaepernick finished the night 17-of-26 for 165 yards, adding 41 yards with his legs ... All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman saw his first game-action since injuring his knee against the Seahawks in the 2013 NFC Championship, recording a sack and seven tackles to help limit Vikings running back Adrian Peterson to 31 yards on 10 carries.

Who's Hurt

Running back Reggie Bush, who starred under Seahawks coach Pete Carroll at USC, injured his calf in the game's first quarter, but as of now the setback isn't considered to be serious.

Name to Know

Jarryd Hayne. With Bush injured early, the former Australian rugby league standout Hayne was San Francisco's only option at running back behind Hyde. The 27-year-old rookie ran four times for 13 yards, added a 7-yard catch, and lost a fumble on his one punt return attempt.

Worth a Look

A behind-the-scenes look at 49ers coach Jim Tomsula's postgame locker room speech.

What's Next

The Niners head to Pittsburgh for a game against the Steelers (0-1) at Heinz Field.


ST. LOUIS RAMS (1-0)

The Result

The Rams topped the Seahawks in overtime, 34-31, at St. Louis' Edward Jones Dome.

What Happened

With St. Louis ahead 34-31, defensive linemen Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers stuffed Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch on 4th-and-1 to seal the overtime win for the Rams ... quarterback Nick Foles completed a 37-yard touchdown pass to tight end Lance Kendricks to tie the score at 31 late in the fourth quarter and force extra time ... Foles finished the day 18-of-27 for 297 yards and the one score ... Running back Benny Cunningham put up 45 yards on 16 carries in place last year's leading rusher Tre Mason and 2015 first-round pick Todd Gurley, who were out to injury ... Wideout Tavon Austin excelled as a runner and a returner, scoring on a 16-yard rush in the game's second quarter and on a 75-yard punt return in the second half ... The Rams sacked Russell Wilson six times, upping the team's total to 31 sacks of the Seahawks quarterback since 2012, more than any other NFL club.

Who's Hurt

Cornerback Trumaine Johnson, who snagged a second-quarter interception of Russell Wilson, underwent concussion evaluation during the game. Running back and special teams contributor Chase Reynolds and defensive end Eugene Sims suffered knee injuries in the game that could result in missed time moving forward.

Name to Know

Nick Foles. The Sam Bradford era is over in St. Louis and Seahawks fans should familiarize themselves with the Rams' new face under center. Foles completed eight passes of 20 yards or more against a Seattle defense that gave up just 32 of such plays a season ago.

Worth a Look

Hip-hop group 'St. Lunatics' helped get Rams fans going in Week 1.

What's Next

The Rams head to Washington, D.C. for a game against the Redskins (0-1) at FedEx Field.

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