Grading the NFC West: Week 4

Handing out grades to the 49ers' three divisional rivals in the NFC West for their performances in Week 4 games.

Cardinals report card: N.Y. Giants 31, Arizona 27

PASSING OFFENSE: C-minus -- Kevin Kolb completed 20 of 34 passes for 237 yards but he had a pass intercepted and no touchdowns. He missed open receivers and took two sacks he shouldn't have.

RUSHING OFFENSE: A -- Beanie Wells rushed for 138 yards and three touchdowns. He was physical at finishing runs, and the offensive line opened some holes.

PASS DEFENSE: D -- Again, they couldn't stop an opponent in the fourth quarter. They aren't able to get pressure from their front four in critical moments and their young corners, A.J. Jefferson and Patrick Peterson, are playing like young corners.

RUSH DEFENSE: A -- The Cardinals dominated the line of scrimmage against one of the league's best power teams. Nose tackles Dan Williams and David Carter form a nice duo. Ends Darnell Dockett and Calais Campbell are playing well.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C -- Jay Feely made both field-goal attempts, although they were just 27-yarders. The return teams didn't do much and the coverage teams were solid. Punter Dave Zastudil was inconsistent.

COACHING: D -- The defense has improved but needs to clamp down in the fourth quarter. The number of offensive mistakes goes up in the fourth quarter of games. At some point, the excuse of having a new quarterback and many other new players gets old.

Rams report card: Washington 17, St. Louis 10

PASSING OFFENSE: D -- QB Sam Bradford completed fewer than 50 percent of his passes, in large part because of numerous drops. Many of them came early in the game when the Rams weren't able to establish any continuity. The lack of protection is a concern, with Bradford being sacked seven times and hit on many other attempts. The only bright spot was a 15-yard scoring play to RB Steven Jackson. On a fourth-quarter possession that started at the Redskins' 19-yard line with the Rams behind by seven points, Bradford was sacked on second and third down.

RUSHING OFFENSE: D -- Jackson carried 17 times for 45 yards, and aside from a first-possession 13-yard run, he had 32 yards on his other 16 attempts. He still isn't totally healthy from a quad injury, so it was surprising that backup Cadillac Williams didn't have any touches in the game.

PASS DEFENSE: B -- Redskins QB Rex Grossman hit some plays, but the longest was 20 yards, and he finished with just a 48.5 passer rating. His rating plummeted because of two fourth-quarter interceptions by CB Justin King and LB James Laurinaitis that set the Rams up in Redskins territory. However, those takeaways turned into just three points.

RUSH DEFENSE: F -- The Rams did a decent job on Tim Hightower, but they had no answer for Ryan Torain, who had no rushing attempts entering the game. Torain ran for 135 yards on 19 attempts, which included a 39-yard run and a 20-yard touchdown.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C-plus -- Austin Pettis showed bad judgment on three punt returns, and his replacement, Quinn Porter, let a late-game punt hit the ground, costing the Rams close to 20 yards in field position. The coverage teams did a good job limiting Brandon Banks to 35 yards on two kickoff returns and 3 yards on four punt returns. P Donnie Jones had a 45.0-yard average and 42.1-yard net.

COACHING: C -- How much of the team's mental mistakes is linked to coaching? That's always difficult to answer. But coaching is also about putting players in good position to compete, and there is a question whether the new offense is asking too much of the personnel. Coach Steve Spagnuolo strangely used a timeout in the fourth quarter, apparently deciding whether to punt on fourth-and-30 from the Washington 39-yard line or attempt a 57-yard field goal.

Seahawks report card: Atlanta 30, Seattle 28

PASSING OFFENSE: B-plus -- Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson had a career-best 319 passing yards against Atlanta, completing 25 passes to nine different receivers and finishing with a 96.3 passer rating. Jackson's impressive performance helped the Seahawks climb back into the game after falling behind 27-7 early in the third quarter.

RUSHING OFFENSE: C-minus -- The Seahawks finished with just 53 yards on the ground for the game, as Seattle abandoned the running game and used the no-huddle to efficiently move the ball in the second half.

PASS DEFENSE: C -- The Seahawks could not contain Atlanta's talented trio of Julio Jones (11 receptions for 127 yards), tight end Tony Gonzalez (7 receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown) and Roddy White (6 receptions for 78 yards). Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan finished with 291 passing yards and a 94.4 passer rating.

RUSH DEFENSE: C -- The Falcons ran for 121 yards on 36 carries for a 3.4 per carry average. Michael Turner led the charge, bulldozing his way to 70 yards on 26 carries, including two touchdowns.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B -- Leon Washington finally got things going for Seattle in the return game, with a 36-yard kickoff return and a 33-yard punt return in the second half. Both set up touchdown scores for Seattle. Kicker Steven Hauschka was much better on kickoffs, with four touchbacks on the day. However, the 61-yard field-goal attempt for the game-winner proved well out of his range.

COACHING: C -- The good news? Seattle head coach Pete Carroll found a way to convince his players they could bounce back from a 24-7 halftime deficit, with Seattle pulling within 30-28 in the final moments of the game. The bad news? Carroll deciding to try and kick a historic, 61-yard field goal instead of trusting his offense to convert a 4th and 8 from Atlanta's 43-yard line with one timeout left, giving his kicker a more realistic shot at a game-winner. The Seahawks also burned two timeouts on defense early in the second half trying to get the right personnel on the field, which they could have used on the final drive.

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