After a miserable 0-2 start the Seattle Seahawks earned their first victory with a convincing win over the St. Louis Rams.
Now 1-2, and only a game behind division leaders Arizona (2-1) and San Francisco (2-1), the Seahawks head into the bye week with some confidence and some time to get some injured players back on the field.
"To get a win and change the mindset of the team was important," said offensive lineman Sean Locklear. "You don't want to go into the bye week 0-3. ... Now we can put all of that behind us and get ready for the rest of the season."
The Seahawks gained some ground in the NFC West and picked up some much-needed momentum heading into the bye week, Frank Hughes reports.
Matt Hasselbeck's cut block that bowled over two Rams defensive backs may have been the play that turned Seattle's season around, Dave Boling writes.
Holding St. Louis to 245 total yards and only 13 points, that was the defense we expected to see this season.
Ground Holmgren? The Seattle head coach relies on the running game, and both Julius Jones and T.J. Duckett had big days against the Rams.
John McGrath talks to receivers Billy McMullen and Michael Bumpus, two receivers who have made significant but unexpected contributions so far this season.
Todd Milles reports that St. Louis coach Scott Linehan remains on the hot seat after another bad performance by his team.
Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald leads this notebook with Josh Wilson getting the start at cornerback in place of Kelly Jennings, who is still slowed by a rib injury suffered last week.
Josh Brown hoped for a 50-50 chorus between cheers and boos on Sunday, but it was mostly the latter for the former Seahawks kicker.
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers celebrate their most one-sided victory in the four-year tenure of head coach Mike Nolan in a 31-13 win over Detroit.
Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle says San Francisco offensive coordinator Mike Martz, fired by Detroit last season, and quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan made a statement in helping to soundly defeat their former team.
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat offers his thoughts on the game and has an interview with receiver Isaac Bruce.
More Maiocco: Return specialist and reserve cornerback Allen Rossum gets the ball on a 4th and 1 play to break the game open for San Francisco.
Matt Burrows of the Sacramento Bee offers reports that cornerback Nate Clements helps shut down Detroit's big-play receiver Calvin Johnson.
Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News reports that J.T. O'Sullivan's passer rating was the highest since the Jeff Garcia era.
Kent Somers writes that mistakes and miscues led to Arizona's 24-17 loss on the road against Washington.
Also, Somers' take on what was learned from the Cardinals' first defeat of the season.
The Arizona Repbulic's Bob McManaman writes that that Cardinals missed out on a chance to start the season 3-0 for the first time in team history since 1974.
Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune writes that the Cardinals' defense was caught off guard by Washington's misdirection plays.
St. Louis Rams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Jim Thomas says that St. Louis has become a punch line nationally when folks want to describe bad football.
Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that running back Stephen Jackson kept a low profile after the loss.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bryan Burwell says the Rams are playing too many old players to call this a rebuilding effort.
Grades for the Rams after their performance against Seattle – and they're not good.
ESPN's Mike Sando weighs in on the Rams' coaching situation.