Sunday, October 11, 2009
Quick thoughts on NFC West late games
By Mike Sando
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.