Six weeks into the regular season the Seattle Seahawks find themselves in the unfamiliar position of bringing up the rear in the NFC West standings. At 1-4, and with St. Louis getting its first win of the year against Washington, the Seahawks are tied for last place with the Rams.
San Francisco's loss to Philadelphia makes the 49ers a ½ game ahead of the Hawks at 2-4. And with Arizona's solid win over Dallas at home, the Cardinals lead the division at 4-2, 2 ½ games ahead of Seattle.
We'll have more Seahawks news this afternoon after Seattle coach Mike Holmgren's press conference, including injury updates on Matt Hasselbeck and Deon Grant. Here's today's links.
With Seattle at 1-4, Dave Boling says the good times are over for Seattle.
Holmgren says the Seahawks are facing "a test of sorts" in Holmgren's final season, Frank Hughes reports.
Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck will have more tests on his injured knee, but there's no guarantee he'll play this week.
Seattle's defense could not get off the field in two, long Green Bay drives that ended in touchdowns for the Packers.
John McGrath writes about a suspect holding call on offensive lineman Mike Wahle that negated a 51-yard run by Julius Jones, erasing a big play and changing the momentum of the game.
Aaron Rodgers rebounds from a big hit by Patrick Kerney to lead Green Bay to a win, stopping a three-game losing streak for the Packers.
One of the few highlights on the day was Gary Payton raising the 12th Man flag. Payton says he's working with a local group that hopes to bring an NBA franchise back to Seattle by 2011.
Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald reports that safety Deon Grant could have a torn MCL. Grant injured his knee in the first defensive play of the game.
Here's the Associated Press game story from Gregg Bell.
Aaron Fentress of the Oregonian offers his take on Seattle's performance here.
Ex-Seahawk Rob Tobeck and Seattle cornerback Marcus Trufant talk about Sunday's loss with KJR's Mitch Levy and Hugh Millen in this audio link.
Yahoo Sports columnist Jason Cole writes about the adversity Holmgren is dealing with in his final season.
Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette quotes Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings saying his team felt they could have a big game against Seattle's secondary.
San Francisco 49ers
The Eagles score 23 unanswered points in the fourth quarter as Philadelphia hangs a 40-26 loss on San Francisco, reports San Francisco Chronicle's John Crumpacker.
The San Francisco Chronicle's Gwen Knapp says San Francisco's fourth-quarter collapse is worse than all of the blowout losses the 49ers have suffered in recent history.
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat asks if San Francisco's season is lost? He also provides an injury report and some analysis on the 49ers loss to Philadelphia.
Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee writes that the 49ers ignored running back Frank Gore when they needed him most.
Think Seattle's defense is playing bad? San Francisco's defense is giving up the most points in the NFL with 167 points through six games.
The Cardinals earn a dramatic, 30-24 overtime win over Dallas on a blocked punt by Sean Morey, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports.
Arizona Republic columnist Dan Bickley says Arizona's victory over the Cowboys shows they're ready to be a playoff team.
More Somers: he says the play of Arizona's front four was even more impressive after watching the replay on TV.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says Arizona's ability to find a way to win against Dallas shows this team is ready to compete for a playoff spot.
Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune writes that the Cardinals overcame a couple controversial calls.
St. Louis Rams
Ex-Seahawks kicker Josh Brown delivers in the clutch again, nailing a 49-yard field goal for the Rams first victory of the season, a 19-17 win over Washington.
Rookie receiver Donnie Avery made a clutch, 43-yard grab to put St. Louis in position to win the game.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklasz says the Rams delivered for new head coach Jim Haslett.
The Rams grade report for this week is much better than in week's past.