Rams hold on NFC West grows tighter into Week 5

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Rams hold on NFC West grows tighter into Week 5

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The San Francisco 49ers suffereda bad loss against the Los Angeles Chargers. Another game many may think they should have won [url=http://www.49ersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-earl-mitchell-jersey]Earl Mitchell jersey[/url] , actually. It was all for naught once C.J. Beathard notched interception number two, a throw that went off-course once he got nailed, only to be intercepted and seal the game. The loss ends all ties and puts the 49ers in third place within the NFC West. The Rams now have a two-game lead in first place. Let’s see how it all shakes out. Los Angeles RamsIn what may have been the game of the week, the Rams beat the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday Night Football 38-31. This was significant not just for their record, but the NFC at large. The Vikings are part of the trio of NFC juggernauts (the other sometimes being the Philadelphia Eagles). That assessment comes into question given their beat-down at the hands of the Buffalo Bills, but they played a much more competitive game against the Rams. Rams quarterback Jared Goff played out of his own mind, throwing for 465 yards, five touchdowns, and a perfect passer rating of 158.3. Keep in mind, the Vikings defense is no joke. Or at least it wasn’t [url=http://www.49ersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-k_waun-williams-jersey]Authentic K'Waun Williams jersey[/url] , but now some question marks on its efficiency is being raised. In any case, the Rams remain undefeated and even without Aqib Talib, it’s hard to see any scenario where they don’t run away with the division. At least at this point. Seattle Seahawks/Arizona CardinalsAs one may expect, the Seattle Seahawks beat the Arizona Cardinals. As one may not expect, it was by the skin of their teeth. The Seahawks won on a last second field goal to make the game 20-17. Right, the Cardinals had a competitive game against the Seahawks. The Seahawks locker room issues continue with Earl Thomas flipping the bird towards the Seahawks sideline following a fracture to his leg defending a touchdown pass. This is significant because Thomas had been holding out for a new contract during the offseason and finally gave in and arrived for Week 1. Thomas spoke about why he held out, and his concerns may be corroborated with the injury. Meanwhile, the Cardinals remain winless and are in 4th place of the NFC West. One game behind the 49ers. Sunday is really going to shake some things up. Into Week 5No more ties. The Rams will face the Seahawks in another NFC West battle which has the chance to put them further on the mountain top and leave the Seahawks and 49ers battling for second place. The Cardinals on the other hand get the 49ers and are fighting to win their first game. The 49ers are fighting to just not lose their entire roster to injury. 1st: Los Angeles Rams; Next: at Seattle Seahawks2nd: Seattle Seahawks; Next: Los Angeles Rams3rd: San Francisco 49ers; Next: Arizona Cardinals4th: Arizona Cardinals; Next: at San Francisco 49ersWill Matthew Stafford fold under pressure? If you were disappointed with Jimmy Garoppolo’s performance in game one against the Viking’s elite defense, well, Lions fans were disgusted with Matt Stafford’s effort against the somewhat-less-impressive New York Jets. At Pride of Detroit [url=http://www.49ersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-joe-staley-jersey]Youth Joe Staley jersey[/url] , Jeremy Reisman wrote that:Stafford had four interceptions, and it was far from the first time that has happened. Since he entered the league in 2009, he leads all quarterbacks with five games of four interception each. And he had Calvin Johnson to throw to for most of that time.This brings up a long-running debate: does Stafford fold under pressure? It matters because he can expect to face a lot of pressure Sunday, against a 49ers pass rush finding its stride and facing a Lions offense with no discernible running game and a shaky offensive line. Lions starting right guard T.J. Lang is confirmed out, injured, so the newly effective front line of DeForest Buckner, Arik Armstead and Solomon Thomas will be facing the likes of rookie center Frank Ragnow and marginal veteran guard Kenny Wiggins, who wasn’t even good in the preseason.Stafford has faced accusations of folding under pressure since 2012, when Chicago Bears safety Major Wright said:In 2015, he was benched in the second half against Arizona after throwing his third interception of the night [url=http://www.49erscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-arik-armstead-jersey]49ers Arik Armstead Jersey[/url] , and Neil Greenberg of the Washington Post wrote that:Later that year, the Lions brought in offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter, who put in a quick- (and short-) passing offense that limited Stafford turnovers as well as his big plays. Not a mark of great confidence.Of course there are some hometown voices who are more positive. Last year, Ty Schalter of LionsWire emphasized the fact that that in 2017, “Pro Football Focus charted him No. 3 in yards thrown under pressure.” This is true, but notice that Schalter’s not quoting passer rating under pressure, just total yards.What this statistic is really telling you is that Stafford was under pressure all the time last year, because their offensive line was terrible.A more nuanced take comes directly from PFF, in their Lions preview this year.While they were optimistic about Detroit’s off-season investment in the OL — which hasn’t paid off so far due to injury and the talented Ragnow’s lack of experience — they broke down Stafford’s numbers this way.Their basic point is that, at this point in his career [url=http://www.49erscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-deforest-buckner-jersey]Cheap DeForest Buckner Jersey[/url] , Stafford isn’t bad under pressure. What he is, is great when he’s NOT under pressure, and mediocre when he’s sweating. I’ve bolded the key parts of this paragraph:There aren’t many quarterbacks who don’t decline when under pressure. Jimmy G might be one of them, but Matt Stafford is definitely not. As long as Robert Saleh and new pass rush coach Chris Kiffin can continue their success in game one, the Niners defense should give Stafford a lot of problems on Sunday.