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Saturday, November 15, 2008
Around the NFC West: 'Must-win' for Seahawks

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer quotes Mike Holmgren as calling the Seahawks' game against the Cardinals a "must-win" game for Seattle.

Brian McIntyre of Scout.com predicts a 27-23 Seahawks victory over the Cardinals, noting that Arizona has struggled at Qwest Field.

Jose Romero of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks expect to have their top two quarterbacks healthy Sunday.

Frank Hughes of the Tacoma News Tribune checks in with Seahawks rookie Owen Schmitt, who hopes to dish out more punishment after absorbing a welcome-to-the-NFL hit against the Eagles.

Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald says Courtney Taylor remains confident in his abilities as a receiver despite playing poorly when given chances early in the season.

Chrissy Mauck of 49ers.com checks in with the 49ers' coordinators heading into the Rams game.

John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle says Isaac Bruce is taking a low-keyed approach to facing his former team. Also, Frank Gore will start and Vernon Davis stayed after practice Friday to catch additional passes.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says Adam Snyder remains the 49ers' right tackle even though Jonas Jennings is back at practice.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat quotes former 49ers coach Mike Nolan as saying the 49ers need to be better prepared for situations like the one that arose Monday night. The quotes were part of an interview on Sirius radio.

John Ryan of the San Jose Mercury News says 49ers general manager Scot McCloughan fared better on his most recent radio appearance.

Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News says special-teamer Keith Lewis could start at free safety while Mark Roman and Dashon Goldson recovery from injuries.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com looks at Antrel Rolle's penchant for scoring touchdowns on interception returns. If only officials wouldn't negate them by penalty.

Also from Urban: He's amused when people affiliated with the Seahawks refer to Steve Breaston by his jersey number instead of his name.

Scott Allen of Raising Zona wants to pick a Cardinals victory in Seattle, but he remains wary of the Seahawks.

Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic quotes Tiki Barber, Jerome Bettis and others as to the Cardinals' legitimacy this season. They seem to think Arizona is for real as long as Kurt Warner stays healthy.

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams expect more from Antonio Pittman in relief of Steven Jackson. Coach Jim Haslett says it's time for Pittman to prove he has a long future in the league. Another effort like his 28-yard day against the Jets will not cut it.

Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat says Rams cornerback Ron Bartell is looking forward to his matchup with ex-teammate Isaac Bruce. Bruce used to pay $100 to Bartell every time Bartell picked off a pass in practice.

Also from Korte: Jackson won't even make the trip to San Francisco.