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Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Around the NFC West: Big-play defense


Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Dan Brown of 49ers Hot Read shows where the 49ers' offensive players rank in big-play production. Seattle's defense is a common denominator in some of the findings. Isaac Bruce and Lee Evans have combined for seven pass plays of 25-plus yards this season. Six came against Seattle. Bruce caught passes for 63, 33, 30 and 27 yards against the Seahawks. Evans caught passes for 41 and 32 yards against Seattle.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says right tackle Jonas Jennings and cornerback Shawntae Spencer will miss the upcoming game to rest injuries. The 49ers' signing of Barry Sims allows them to carry on without Jennings a little more readily.

Matt Maiocco of Instant 49ers provides a transcript of an interview with 49ers receiver Isaac Bruce. Bruce not on the Rams? That still doesn't sound right. My fingers started typing "Rams" before I caught myself.

Also from Maiocco: Lions quarterback Jon Kitna is either overstating things or the 49ers have a great quarterback in J.T. O'Sullivan.

Bill Coats of Around the Horns saw no apparent lineup changes for the Rams at practice today.

Turf Show Times says the Rams should start playing younger players. I'll take a closer look at the premise, but my initial feeling is that the Rams have a few too many aging backups. I count nearly 10 close to age 30 or older.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says left tackle Walter Jones will miss the Seahawks' practice today. He was hurting during the game against the 49ers. Having the 49ers' Michael Lewis sack Matt Hasselbeck into the back of his legs didn't help. Also, Michael Bumpus will return punts. Koren Robinson could return kicks.

Also from O'Neil: inside the mind of Rams kicker Josh Brown.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic thinks the Cardinals need to be 3-1 after their first four games to put themselves in position for a playoff push. That sounds about right.