Around the NFC West: Week 1
The Arizona Cardinals started their march toward the first overall pick in week one when they lost to the Washington Commanders 20-16. Is there a tougher team to watch this year than the Cardinals – especially while Kyler Murray is out of the lineup? Josh Dobbs started this game and went 21 of 30 for 132 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. They got 62 yards on the ground from James Conner and 33 yards through the air from Rondale Moore. Dobbs did his best to get the ball to Zach Ertz targeting the tight end 10 times in the game. It resulted in six catches for 21 yards. Arizona is home next week against the New York Giants.
In a surprising result, the Los Angeles Rams knocked off the Seattle Seahawks 30-13. Matthew Stafford was really good in his return. He threw for 334 yards even without Cooper Kupp in the lineup. Tutu Atwell and Puka Nacua stepped up in Kupp’s absence. Both receivers had 119 yards in the game. Seattle’s offense just could not gain any traction on the day. Geno Smith threw for just 112 yards and Kenneth Walker III ran for just 64 yards. The Rams face the San Francisco 49ers on the road next week while the Seahawks travel to Detroit to take on the Lions.
Brock Purdy led the 49ers to a 30-7 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Purdy threw for 220 yards and two touchdowns against a pretty good Pittsburgh defense. His favorite target on the day was Brandon Aiyuk who caught 8 passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns. Christian McCaffrey ran wild with 129 yards on 22 carries. The San Francisco offense is going to be a tough unit for opposing defenses all season long. The 49ers play the Rams on the road in week 2.
NFC West Standings
Los Angeles Rams 1-0
San Francisco 49ers 1-0
Arizona Cardinals 0-1
Seattle Seahawks 0-1