NFC West Update: St. Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals Earn Wins in Week 8

How did the Seahawks' division rivals fare in Week 8 around the NFL?

A closer look at how the Seahawks' NFC West rivals fared in Week 8 around the NFL:

Arizona Cardinals (6-2)

The Result

The Cardinals overcame a 13-point first-half deficit to top the Browns 34-20 in Cleveland.

What Happened

Quarterback Carson Palmer tossed four touchdown passes, three of which came in the second half, as Arizona rallied for 27 unanswered points to erase a 20-7 Browns lead ...  Palmer threw for 374 yards and went 10-of-11 for 140 yards and a score on third down, the best third-down completion percentage (90.0 percent) by any quarterback in a game this season ... Running back Chris Johnson ran 30 times for 109 yards, but lost two fumbles on the day ... Wideouts Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald were on the receiving end of most of Palmer's passes, with Floyd making four catches for 106 yards and a score and Fitzgerald adding nine grabs for 84 yards and a touchdown ... Tight end Troy Niklas made two catches for 12 yards, but each catch went for a touchdown ... Safety Rashad Johnson picked off a Browns pass in the end zone.

Who's Hurt

Productive wideout John Brown was active for Sunday's game but didn't play while nursing a hamstring injury. Fitzgerald hurt his ankle on his touchdown grab, but was able to return to action.

What's Next

Like the Seahawks, the Cardinals are on bye in Week 9. Arizona returns to action in Week 10 against Seattle on Sunday Night Football at CenturyLink Field.


San Francisco 49ers (2-6)

The Result

San Francisco lost for the sixth time in seven games and fell to 0-3 against the NFC West with a 27-6 loss to the Rams in St. Louis.

What Happened

The 49ers put up 189 yards of offense and six points on a pair of field goals from kicker Phil Dawson ... Quarterback Colin Kaepernick completed 20-of-41 passes for 162 yards and picked up a team-high 28 yards with his legs ... Leading rusher Carlos Hyde (foot) and leading receiver Anquan Boldin (hamstring) were both inactive because of injuries ... Linebacker NaVorro Bowman led the Niners defense with 13 tackles ... One day after the loss, the Niners traded tight end Vernon Davis to the Denver Broncos for undisclosed compensation.

Who's Hurt

San Francisco saw several players injured in Sunday's game, most notably running back Reggie Bush, who was carted off the field in the first quarter with a knee injury. Bush was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday and the team signed running back Pierre Thomas in his place. Running back Mike Davis injured his hand and Tomsula said the rookie would be examined for a possible fracture. Safety L.J. McCray was carted off the field on Sunday with a knee injury, tight end Garrett Celek suffered a concussion, cornerback Keith Reaser injured his ankle, cornerback Kenneth Acker hurt his rib and shoulder, and punter Bradley Pinion injured his calf.

What's Next

The 49ers host the Atlanta Falcons (6-2) in Week 9 at Santa Clara's Levi's Stadium.


St. Louis Rams (4-3)

The Result

The Rams beat the 49ers, 27-6, to improve to 3-0 against the NFC West this season. The team enters November with an above .500 record for the first time since 2006.

What Happened

Running back Todd Gurley topped 100 yards on the ground for the fourth straight start to open his rookie season, carrying 20 times for 133 yards, an effort that included a 71-yard run for a touchdown in the game's second quarter ... Wideout Tavon Austin made up for an early lost fumble by making four grabs for 98 yards to lead all St. Louis receivers ... Austin scored two touchdowns on Sunday, the first coming on a 2-yard run in the third quarter and the second coming on a 66-yard catch in the fourth ... Quarterback Nick Foles completed 14-of-23 passes for 191 yards and the touchdown toss to Austin ... The St. Louis defense didn't allow a touchdown for the second consecutive game, recording three sacks and a safety against the 49ers ... Linebacker Mark Barron led the Rams with 10 tackles, two of which went for a loss.

Who's Hurt

The Rams made it through Sunday's game without any major injuries to report.

What's Next

St. Louis hits the road in Week 9 for a meeting with the Minnesota Vikings (5-2).

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