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NFC West roundup: The 49ers keep pace going into Week 7

The Seattle Seahawks increased their lead atop the division without setting foot on the field.

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The NFC West teams have combined for more wins than any other division in football to start the 2020 NFL season (playing against the NFC East helps). The San Francisco 49ers got back on track with a huge 24-16 over their divisional rivals, the Los Angeles Rams.

San Francisco is fourth in the division at 3-3, one game worse than the Rams and Arizona Cardinals going into Week 7. The 49ers need to string together some wins if they want to contend for one of the seven NFC playoff berths.

Here is how the other NFC West teams did in Week 6.

Seattle Seahawks (5-0) had their bye

The Seahawks got the benefit of a week’s rest while also increasing their lead atop the division. The second-place Rams lost to the Niners, dropping two behind Seattle in the loss-column. Seattle is currently the No. 1 seed in the NFC heading into a five-week stretch where it will play four divisional games. The Seahawks haven’t beaten a team with a winning record this year, so their next five games should give us a clearer picture of where they stand in the NFL pecking order. Seattle’s defense gives up the most yard per game out of any team in the league, so it remains to be seen if the unit can hold up against the tougher competition. But, with Russell Wilson leading the way, the Seahawks will be in every game they play.

Next up: @ Arizona Cardinals

Los Angeles Rams (4-2) lost 24-16 to the Niners

The Rams came back down to earth after winning four-of-five games against inferior competition. All four of their victories have come against the NFC East squads, with their strength of victory ranking dead-last of any team in the conference with a .500 record or better. QB Jared Goff was terrible against San Francisco, completing just 50% of his passes, averaging only 5.2 yards per attempt. Los Angeles’ defense was held in check, finishing with just two pressures and zero sacks against Jimmy Garoppolo. The Rams’ are hitting the most challenging part of their schedule, with their next five games come against teams at .500 or above.

Next up: vs. Chicago Bears (Monday Night Football)

Arizona Cardinals (4-2) beat the Dallas Cowboys 38-10

What an easy win for the Cardinals. QB Kyler Murray completed just nine passes the entire game, and his team still won by four touchdowns. Murray went nine-of-24 for 188 yards and two scores, but the run game was dominant. Murray, Kenyan Drake and Chase Edmonds ran all over the Cowboys, combining for 261 yards and three scores on the ground. Arizona’s defense was without leading pass rusher Chandler Jones — who is out for the season with a biceps injury — but still had its way against the Andy Dalton led Dallas offense. The Cardinals forced four turnovers and held Ezekiel Elliot to just 49 yards. Arizona’s best win came in Week 1 against San Francisco, but like the rest of its NFC West counterparts, the schedule is about to become harder.

Next up: vs. Seattle Seahawks

How do you think the 49ers’ division rivals will do this Sunday?