It’s all about the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West after Week 3 of the 2013 NFL season. The Seahawks were the only divisional team to post a win when they crushed the Jacksonville Jaguars 45-17. With the victory, the Seahawks improved to 3-0 and opened a two-game lead over the rest of the division.
The rest of the NFC West struggled. The St. Louis Rams suffered an embarrassing 31-7 defeat at the Dallas Cowboys. The San Francisco 49ers lost a critical home game to Trent Richardson and the Indianapolis Colts (27-7), and the Arizona Cardinals were dominated by the New Orleans Saints (31-7).
- Seattle Seahawks: Russell Wilson threw for 202 yards and four touchdowns. Wilson’s favorite target was receiver Sidney Rice, who caught five passes for 79 yards and two touchdowns. Bobby Wagner made some noise on defense picking up nine tackles and one interception.
- St. Louis Rams: Daryl Richardson was inactive for most of the game, and the Rams’ running game paid for it. The team struggled to move the ball against the Cowboys’ defensive line as it rushed the ball only 12 times for 35 yards. Sam Bradford still had a decent game throwing for 240 yards and one touchdown. However, the offensive line gave up six sacks after going two weeks without allowing any sacks. Chris Givens fumbled early in the third quarter.
- San Francisco 49ers: Colin Kaepernick had one of his worst games as a pro when he threw for 150 yards and one interception. Frank Gore ran the ball well against the Colts (11 carries for 82 yards), but the team moved away from the running game as it fell behind. The defense was able to contain Andrew Luck but surrendered 179 yards on the ground.
- Arizona Cardinals: Carson Palmer threw for only 187 yards and two interceptions as the Cardinals struggled against the Saints defense. Meanwhile, Drew Brees tore apart the Cardinals’ secondary for 342 passing yards and three touchdowns. Karlos Dansby had 12 tackles, and Tyrann Mathieu had 10 tackles and an interception.
SOURCE: ESPN Box Score
IMAGE: John Froschauer