NFC West: 2013 NFL Midseason Report

Midseason Report: St. Louis Rams

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EARTH CITY, Mo. -- At 3-6 and without starting quarterback Sam Bradford, a 2013 season the St. Louis Rams hoped would be another step in a positive direction has left them stuck in the mud.

The Rams have always viewed 2014 as the year they make the leap back into legitimate contenders, but they probably didn't think this year would come without more definitive progress.

Midseason Report: Arizona Cardinals

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When you win four and lose four, everything seems to just about balance out. But the Cardinals haven’t found that balance yet. Midway through the season, there are some glaring issues but there are also some extremely good facets.

There’s no denying how bad the offense struggled in the first half before finally finding a rhythm in Week 8 against Atlanta behind rookie running back Andre Ellington. For as bad as the offense has looked at times, it’s had moments when it's looked equally as good. But the bad times have far outweighed the good, so the offensive grades aren't dean’s list worthy.

The defensive grades are, however. Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles’ version of the 3-4 clicked with this defense and it all starts up front. From there, it’s been a winning game of dominoes as the line sets up the linebackers, which set up the secondary. And for that, they’ve all played and graded well.


SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The San Francisco 49ers made the honor roll.

It is difficult not to look like an easy grader with this team. The 49ers have won five consecutive games to right themselves after a 1-2 start. San Francisco has been dominant in every phase of the game during the streak. Its tightest game in that stretch was a 12-point victory.

The trouble spots on this team are rare and there is exceptional work being done by the majority of the roster:

Midseason Report: Seattle Seahawks

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It hasn’t always been pretty for the Seattle Seahawks, but it’s hard to argue with an 8-1 record that includes being 4-1 on the road. This team was often criticized in the past for its poor play away from home. This is a team that finds a way to win games that it would have lost in years past, like overcoming a 21-0 deficit Sunday against Tampa Bay.

Seattle has gotten there with a patchwork offensive line that has made things difficult at times for quarterback Russell Wilson. But his remarkable athletic skills have allowed the offense to overcome the problems up front.

The defense, which led the league in fewest points allowed last season, has struggled at stopping the run, but it has more depth now on the defensive line and a much better pass rush.

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