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NFC West roundup: A terrible Week 5 for the 49ers

San Francisco needs to turn things around in a hurry.

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The nightmare continues for the San Francisco 49ers. Week 5 of the 2020 NFL season was a miserable one for the Niners. San Francisco played its worst game over the last two seasons and was blown out 43-17 by the Miami Dolphins.

Head coach Kyle Shanahan yanked quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo at half time in favor of C.J. Beathard, saying it was to “protect Jimmy.” The 49ers are 2-3 through five games, and this could be a lost season if they don’t turn things around in a hurry.

The Niners will begin a brutal seven-game stretch starting with a Week 6 matchup against the Los Angeles Rams.

Here is how San Francisco’s divisional rivals did in Week 5:

Seattle Seahawks (5-0) beat the Minnesota Vikings 27-26

At least the first half was encouraging. The Vikings controlled possession for most of the first half and forced the Seahawks’ offense to punt on all three of their drives. Seattle held the ball for less than 10 minutes over the first two quarters and was down 13-0 at the break. But, the Seahawks made all of the right adjustments at half time to storm back and take a 21-13 lead. Minnesota didn’t go away quietly. The Vikings got back-to-back touchdowns from Adam Thielen to take a 26-21 lead with just over seven minutes left in the game. Seattle got the ball back with less than two minutes to go, which was enough time for Russell Wilson to work his magic. The Hobbit hit DK Metcalf for the game winning touchdown with 15 seconds left to give the Seahawks the win. Seattle’s defense continues to be its Achilles heel, but Wilson and the offense have been able to bail the unit out.

Next up: BYE

Los Angeles Rams (4-1) beat the Washington Football Team 30-10

The Rams went on the road and dominated an inferior team. L.A. QB Jared Goff threw for 309 yards, two touchdowns and a pick in the comfortable victory. The Rams’ defense dominated Washington’s offense, holding the unit to a paltry 108 total yards. L.A.’s defense finished with 8 total sacks, with Aaron Donald (4) and Troy Reeder (3) doing a majority of the damage. The Rams don’t look as good as they did during the 2018 season, but are very much in the playoff picture. Head coach Sean McVay and his squad have taken advantage of a favorable schedule to get off to a great start.

Next up: @ San Francisco 49ers (Sunday Night Football)

Arizona Cardinals (3-2) beat the New York Jets 30-10

Yet another easy 20-point win for an NFC West rival. The Cardinals controlled the game from the opening kick-off and blew out a lowly Jets team. Arizona QB Kyler Murray went 27-of-37 for 380 yards, a touchdown and a pick. The second-year pro added 31 yards and a score on the ground as well. Murray and receiver DeAndre Hopkins rekindled their magic in this game with the pair connecting for six catches, which resulted in 131 yards and a touchdown. The Cardinals’ schedule is about to get tougher with two games against both the Seahawks and Rams over the next seven weeks.

Next up: @ Dallas Cowboys