Around the NFC West: Leinart, O'Sullivan strike

August, 16, 2008
8/16/08
10:31
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

SEATTLE -- The Seahawks and Bears are down to the final 21 seconds of the first half here at Qwest Field. Seattle's lead is 9-5 (we had a safety on a blocked punt).

Elsewhere in the division, Arizona's Matt Leinart completed 7 of 11 passes for 62 yards, one touchdown and a 108.9 passer rating against the Chiefs. Kurt Warner started for the Cardinals, completing 6 of 9 passes for 54 yards with an 82.6 rating. Brian St. Pierre is in the game at quarterback for the Cardinals with about 11 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

In St. Louis, Rams quarterback Marc Bulger has tossed two interceptions while averaging only 4 yards per pass attempt, good for a 20.8 rating. The Rams simply lack the weapons they'll need on offense to move the ball consistently. Bulger completed 7 of 14 passes for 56 yards. The Chargers sacked him twice. Trent Green replaced him. Bruce Gradkowski is in the game with about 11 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Gradkowski, attempting to close ground on Brock Berlin in the race for the No. 3 job, has completed 6 of 9 passes for 49 yards (80.3 rating).

A positive note for the Rams: Antonio Pittman has carried nine times for 67 yards, with a long run of 18 yards. The Rams, leading 7-6, hold a 155-89 lead in rushing yards to this point. That marks a dramatic improvement from the exhibition opener, when Tennessee rushed for 340 yards against the St. Louis defense.

In San Francisco, J.T. O'Sullivan just completed a 59-yard touchdown pass to rookie Josh Morgan to give the 49ers a 14-3 lead over the Packers. San Francisco holds a 233-37 lead in total yardage. O'Sullivan has completed 8 of 17 passes for 154 yards with one touchdown and one interception. His rating (74.1) reflects a night of hot-and-cold passing. The 49ers will take his 9.1 yards per attempt any day. That's a huge number, and the Packers have not sacked him.

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