NFC West: 2013 Week 1 NFL Buzz

SAN FRANCISCO -- Observed in the locker room after the 49ers’ 34-28 victory over Green Bay:

Bold prediction: San Francisco safety Donte Whitner said 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick will be the NFL's first player to pass for 4,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards this season. "Mark it down," Whitner said. "There are going to be days he beats teams with his legs." Kaepernick threw for a career-high 412 yards and ran for 22 yards Sunday.

Happy with trade: San Francisco offensive lineman Alex Boone weighed in on getting receiver Anquan Boldin, who had 13 catches for 208 yards Sunday, for a sixth-round pick from Baltimore this offseason. "I don't know, but somebody, somewhere might have made a boo-boo," said Boone.

In your face: "If intimidation is your game plan, I hope you have a better one," Kaepernick said of the Packers' chippy defensive plan.

Rookie respect: Many San Francisco players praised 49ers rookie safety Eric Reid. The first-round pick made a big impact in his first NFL game.

Locker Room Buzz: St. Louis Rams

September, 8, 2013
ST. LOUIS -- Observed in the locker room after the Rams’ 27-24 victory against Arizona.

A long way to go: Make no mistake; the Rams were pleased to come away with a win, especially after trailing by 11 in the fourth quarter. To a man, though, everyone in the locker room agreed with this assessment from coach Jeff Fisher: “We have a long, long way to go,” Fisher said. “There’s a lot of areas we have to address but most of those were self-inflicted wounds."

Many mistakes: Speaking of self-inflicted wounds, the Rams were not pleased with their miscues in Sunday’s victory. The penalty problems of the preseason carried over as the Rams drew seven flags for 59 yards.

A winning habit: Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein booted his second game-winning field goal at the Edward Jones Dome in the past three games the team has played at home. The unflappable Zuerlein is so calm his teammates expressed no surprise that he stepped up and kicked the game-winning 48-yard field goal.

VIPs: The Rams had no shortage of very important people in the locker room after the game. Owner Stan Kroenke checked in and former NFL coaches Marty Schottenheimer and Jim Fassel stopped in to visit with their sons Brian and John, both of whom are on the Rams’ staff.

Locker Room Buzz: Seattle Seahawks

September, 8, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Observed in the locker room after the Seattle Seahawks' 12-7 victory over the Carolina Panthers:

A quiet confidence: There weren't any high-fives or big boasting. The Seahawks knew they found a way to win on a day when a lot of things went wrong. It was about overcoming adversity, which is becoming a theme for these guys.

Russell Wilson does it again: The second-year quarterback never ceases to amaze his teammates. On a day when the Seahawks had almost no running game, rushing for only 70 yards on 26 carries, Wilson completed 25 of 33 passes for 320 yards, including a 43-yard TD pass to Jermaine Kearse in the fourth quarter that was the difference. “We always know dangerous Russ Wilson will come through for us in the end,’’ said cornerback Richard Sherman.

Praise for the big-play defense: Just when it appeared the Panthers would take the lead late in the game, Earl Thomas was credited with causing a fumble by Carolina running back DeAngelo Williams that defensive tackle Tony McDaniel recovered at the Seattle 8-yard-line. Sherman also made the hit that got the ball loose before Thomas stripped it.