Grading the NFC West: Week 6

Handing out grades to the 49ers' three divisional rivals in the NFC West, grading the St. Louis Rams for their performance in Week 6, and handing out season report cards through five games for both the 1-4 Arizona Cardinals and 2-3 Seattle Seahawks, who both had byes last week.


Rams report card: Green Bay 24, St. Louis 3


PASSING OFFENSE: C-plus -- The production was better in terms of yardage, as QB Sam Bradford passed for 321 yards. WR Danario Alexander had six receptions for 91 yards with a long of 32. WR Greg Salas had eight catches for 77 yards. TE Lance Kendricks had a reception that went for 45 yards. However, there were still drops, three sacks and a bad interception by Bradford in the red zone. Despite completing 63.6 percent of his passes, Bradford's passer rating was a pedestrian 76.0 because of the interception and no touchdowns.

RUSHING OFFENSE: B-plus -- Steven Jackson was totally healthy for the first time since the opener, and he showed it, rushing for 96 yards on 18 attempts. Cadillac Williams contributed 24 yards on four attempts.

PASS DEFENSE: C -- Generally, the undermanned secondary did a solid job against Aaron Rodgers and Co., but true to form, big plays did the Rams in. Rodgers had four pass plays of 20 of more yards, and those plays totaled 172 yards. His other 13 completions gained 138 yards. But two of the long plays -- 35 and 93 yards -- went for touchdowns.

RUSH DEFENSE: B-plus -- The Rams allowed just 96 rushing yards, and 21 came on Rodgers scrambles and a Randall Cobb run. The Packers' running backs totaled just 75 yards on 24 attempts.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B -- Coverage was good, and the punt return game was productive with Austin Pettis totaling 56 yards on two returns. One blemish was a 47-yard field-goal attempt by Josh Brown that started out fine, but the wind blew it wide right.

COACHING: B -- The coaching staff made adjustments during the bye because of the injury situation at cornerback, and it did a solid job on the Packers' passing offense. The no-huddle offense was effective, but mental mistakes continually affect the team.


Cardinals report card: Season grades after five games


PASSING OFFENSE: F -- QB Kevin Kolb has gotten worse in the past three weeks, throwing one touchdown pass and five interceptions. His completion rate has dropped to 58.7 percent. His protection is breaking down, too.

RUSHING OFFENSE: A -- Beanie Wells has proven to be a punishing runner, and the Cardinals are rushing the ball as well as they have in Ken Whisenhunt's four-plus seasons. They probably need to do more of it.

PASS DEFENSE: F -- The Cardinals have yielded too many big plays. There are fewer mental breakdowns, but defensive backs have to be more competitive in coverage. The pass rush comes and goes, mostly goes late in the games.

RUSH DEFENSE: B -- It's improved since the second week of the season, although the Vikings' Adrian Peterson rushed for 122 yards a week ago. The front three of end Darnell Dockett, nose tackles Dan Williams and David Carter and end Calais Campbell are playing well.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C -- Poor punts and coverage played a big role in two losses. Punt returner Patrick Peterson won a game with a touchdown. Arizona has a deep corps of dangerous kickoff returners, but with the new rules, those players aren't getting many opportunities. Jay Feely missed three of his first four field-goal attempts but has since made three straight, including a 51-yarder.

COACHING: D -- The team is underachieving. Kolb is struggling, and it doesn't seem as if the staff is doing much to help him. Players have struggled to pick up the defense, and little mistakes have hurt the team in every loss. There have to be some repercussions for these kinds of mistakes.


Seahawks report card: Season grades after five games


PASSING OFFENSE: C -- Struggling the first three games to move the ball consistently through the air, the Seahawks have thrown for 634 yards in the last two games. Rookie Doug Baldwin is third among rookies in receptions with 20 for 333 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson is No. 21 in the league in passer rating at 81.0.

RUSHING OFFENSE: D -- The Seahawks have yet to get going on the ground, averaging just 83 rushing yards a game, No. 29 overall. Marshawn Lynch leads the team with 239 yards and two touchdowns, and is averaging 4.1 per carry. Lynch had his best game of the season against the New York Giants two weeks ago, finishing with 98 yards on 12 carries.

PASS DEFENSE: B -- Seattle is giving up 268 yards a contest through the air, ranked No. 22 overall. However, through five games Seattle has only allowed six passing touchdowns this season, tied for fourth overall in the league. The Seahawks gave up 31 passing touchdowns in 2010, tied for third-worst in the league.

RUSH DEFENSE: B-plus -- Seattle has yet to allow a 100-yard rusher this season. The Seahawks are allowing just 97.8 yards a contest on the ground, No. 7 overall in the league.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C -- Seattle gave up two touchdowns on a kickoff and punt return to begin the season at San Francisco, but since then they've been pretty solid on special teams. Kicker Steven Hauschka's only miss came on a 61-yard attempt that would have won the game against Atlanta. Hauschka has a long of 52 yards. And punter Jon Ryan is among the league leaders in punting average (46.9 yards per contest), and is tied for second in the league in touchbacks (12).

COACHING: B -- Seattle head coach Pete Carroll understood his young team would start slowly because of a shortened offseason. But now Carroll has his team playing with a lot of confidence heading into the bye week. The Seahawks finish with six of their last 11 games, including four of their last six, at home. And with veteran leaders like Matt Hasselbeck, Lofa Tatupu and Marcus Trufant no longer around, young players like Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas and Red Bryant have emerged to help lead the team.


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