NFL Wrap-Up: Week 8 West Divisions

Rams shock Saints, Cardinals fall asleep in second half.

Josh Helmuthby Josh Helmuth

The Rams were one of the teams many thought could be on the "suck for Luck" program, but they proved this week that they are still playing to win.  And it's not much of a surprise, but the Arizona Cardinals blew a game and gave Baltimore a game for franchise history.  It's been a busy weekend in the West.


AFC West

Detroit Lions  45 

Denver Broncos  10

Well that Tebow win streak didn’t last long. That is, if you count one win as a ‘streak.’

Tebow was disastrous, only completing 18 throws on 39 attempts for 179 yards. He was also sacked seven times. There are already hints that head coach John Fox might make a change at quarterback already. “It’s too early to say. I haven’t even taken a shower yet, let alone look at the tape,” he said when asked who might take snaps for him next week. “But we’ll look at it and make changes where we see are needed. We’ve definitely got to get better.”

Many believe that the Broncos are just waiting for the right excuse to pull Tebow as soon as possible.


Oakland is on a bye week.  The Raiders took a week off and will host Denver next Sunday at 4:05 p.m. ET.

Kansas City and San Diego play on Monday Night Football.


NFC West

New Orleans Saints  21 

St.Louis Rams  31

Where in the world did this come from? Was it the St.Louis Cardinals’ new World Series championship aura rubbing off? Was it their 1999 ‘greatest show on turf’ throwback uni’s they were donning? Another special ‘rally rodent?’ Regardless of what it was, this was the biggest shocker of the week as the Rams got their first win of the season against a powerful New Orleans offense, and running back Steven Jackson had a lot to do with it.

Jackson reported that he was up all night on Saturday thinking about the game and told his teammates the Rams were a better team than what they have displayed thus far. Jackson went out and led by example on Sunday by carrying the team on his back with his first 100 yard game in three seasons.

And forget that awful defense that made the Cowboys’ DeMarco Murray look like an all-star last week. The Rams held the Saints to just 56 rushing yards and sacked quarterback Drew Brees 6 times. The Rams had 11 total sacks on the year entering this game.

Darian Stewart and Chris Long both had stellar days on defense. Long finished with three sacks and Stewart would return an interception for a touchdown to go along with six tackles.

Cincinnati Bengals  34 

Seattle Seahawks  12

Cincinnati keeps playing solid football as of late. Not a huge surprise here that they handled Seattle so easily.

Seattle head coach Pete Carroll made some questionable calls that cost his team some precious clock time before the end of the first half. Marshawn Lynch was lethargic, only gaining 24 yards on 16 rushes and both Charlie Whitehurst and an injured Tarvaris Jackson were incredibly inefficient at quarterback. It’s going to continue to be a long season for Seattle.

Cleveland Browns  10 

San Francisco 49ers  20

The Niners just keep rolling, and it’s on the Gore express.

Frank Gore moved up into 2nd all-time on the 49ers rushing list, surpassing Roger Craig with a 125 yard performance.

It was a slightly sloppy win, but that’s the story for this 49ers team this year. They win on the ground and with solid, physical defense. On Sunday they held a decent, pass happy Cleveland offense to just 10 points. It’s San Francisco’s 5th straight win and they are 6-1 for the first time since 1998.

Game of the Week

Arizona 27 

Baltimore 30

Leave it to Arizona to allow Baltimore to achieve their greatest comeback in franchise history. Up 24-3 in the 2nd quarter, the Cardinals blew a 21 point lead after a three touchdown day from Ray Rice.

After Arizona tied up the game at 27 in the second half, Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff sealed the deal for Baltimore with a 25 yard field goal as time expired.

Arizona has now lost six straight, four of them by four points or fewer.


Offensive Player Of The Week

Steven Jackson (STL) RB – 25 rushes, 159 yards, 2 TD’s

Co-Defensive Players Of The Week

Darian Stewart (STL) S – 6 Tackles, 1 Assist, 1 PD, 1 INT for TD (27 yards)

Chris Long (STL) DE – 3 Sacks (25 yards), 1 PD


Division Standings

AFC West

San Diego Chargers  4-2

Oakland Raiders  4-3

Kansas City Chiefs  3-3

Denver Broncos  2-5


NFC West

San Francisco 49ers  6-1

Seattle Seahawks  2-5

Arizona Cardinals  1-6

St. Louis Rams  1-6