Around the NFC West: Defensive line issues

October, 24, 2012
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NFC West defensive lines are on alert this week.

Arizona, San Francisco and Seattle each allowed a 100-yard rusher in Week 7. They had allowed only one total during the first six weeks of the season.

The St. Louis Rams didn't have to worry about Green Bay's ground game Sunday, but their defensive line struggled to pressure the quarterback as the game progressed. That helped Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers enjoy target practice against the Rams' secondary.

Those interested in more of the details can check out a few resources I recommend:
  • Rick Venturi's defensive film review for the Rams. He thought defensive end Chris Long reverted to bad habits from earlier in his career. I spoke with Long after the game and was struck by his demeanor. Long was forthright about having played poorly. I'd expect better from him against New England in Week 8. Venturi's offensive film review is expected out Wednesday.
  • Khaled Elsayed's piece for Pro Football Focus looking at which players around the NFL struggled the most in Week 7. Long and NFC West defensive linemen Chris Clemons, Brandon Mebane, Alan Branch, Darnell Dockett and Isaac Sopoaga showed up on the list. That level of carnage seems unfathomable given how well the defenses in this division have played overall. It was a rough week, for sure.
  • PFF's game analyses for Seahawks-49ers and Cardinals-Vikings.

Good morning to all, and happy reading.

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