Quick thoughts on NFC West late games

October, 11, 2009
10/11/09
5:29
PM ET

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando


GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Cardinals are protecting Kurt Warner well enough for Arizona to eventually pull away from the Texans.

Larry Fitzgerald's touchdown reception moments ago gave Arizona a 14-0 lead. Warner stood back there seemingly forever before throwing.

Other thoughts on NFC West games so far:
  • 49ers cornerback Nate Clements can cover Fitzgerald, but that appeared to be his coverage when Roddy White broke free for a 90-yard touchdown reception. Atlanta has a 28-10 lead and it's looking like the NFC West race could tighten up. Make that a 35-10 lead. White has six catches for 185 yards in the first half.
  • Fans cannot complain about 49ers offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye being too conservative. Raye has made some gutsy calls in this game, including a pass to Vernon Davis on play-action in a fourth-and-inches situation.
  • Turnovers can be difficult to predict. The 49ers have won by the turnover this season, but they are losing by it Sunday. Turnovers are an unreliable friend.
  • Matt Hasselbeck hasn't been spectacular for the Seahawks, but he appears to be functioning pretty much as usual for a quarterback shaking off the rust. He has even scrambled a few times and absorbed a tackle at least once. The Seattle lead is only 6-0, but Hasselbeck could be in position for a better second half.
  • The Rams have not suffered any turnovers in the red zone since their game ended.

More in a bit.

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