Around the NFC West: Rams' Pace likely out

October, 19, 2008
10/19/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch looks at the Rams' youth movement at receiver. Donnie Avery, Keenan Burton and Derek Stanley will join Torry Holt among the top four wideouts against Dallas.

Also from Thomas: Orlando Pace probably will not play against the Cowboys, a surprise to me and a problem for the Rams as they try to block Demarcus Ware.

More from Thomas: a look at which team has the edge in various matchups between the Rams and Cowboys.

Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Marc Bulger is showing signs of improved leadership, something I definitely noticed in the game at Washington in Week 6.

Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat expects Cowboys fans to make themselves heard in the Edward Jones Dome.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says the next two games could determine Mike Nolan's fate as 49ers coach.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee checks in with 49ers linebacker Takeo Spikes, who says the team lacks the needed attention to detail.

Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News says the 49ers are 1-9 under Nolan in games played in the Eastern time zone.

Tom FitzGerald of the San Francisco Chronicle says fans spend less money on sports during tough economic times, even if attendance remains strong.

Also from FitzGerald: Neither the 49ers nor Raiders have sold naming rights for their stadiums.

John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle tries to make sense of the Giants' upset loss to the Browns in Week 6. What does it mean for the 49ers?

Also from Crumpacker: a matchup box saying now would be a good time for Nolan to enjoy a "statement" game.

Michael Steffes of Seahawks Addicts revisits (and debunks) the idea that Seattle's defense is somehow undersized by NFL standards. I have touched on this at length, and Steffes is right. The Seahawks are slightly heavier, on average, than other 4-3 defenses.

Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune doesn't expect the Seahawks' tough season to affect Mike Holmgren's plans for 2009.

Frank Hughes of the Tacoma News Tribune says circumstances prevent the Seahawks from dismissing the "doom-and-gloomers" predicting more struggles.

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune revisits Jon Gruden's early days under Holmgren.

Jose Romero of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks face long odds against the Bucs even though they've won all four road games against Tampa Bay.

Scott Bordow of the East Valley Tribune takes a look at Kurt Warner's mindset as the Cardinals quarterback spends the bye week with family.

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