This is the October 7, 2012 news archive. View today's NFC West rumors and news.

NFC West News and Rumors

Giants won't recognize this 49ers offense

Giants won't recognize this 49ers offense

ESPN.com CNNSI.com Updated Oct 7, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco 49ers had just piled up a franchise-record 621 yards Sunday, 20 more than their combined total through three games last season. They pounded the Buffalo Bills by a 45-3 count, bringing their two-week scoring differenti…
Upvote Share Tweet
  • Win probability and Seahawks' late stand

    Win probability and Seahawks' late stand

    ESPN.com Oct 7, 2012
    The Seattle Seahawks held off the Carolina Panthers, 16-12, after making a critical defensive stop on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line with 3:47 remaining. Seattle led the game, 16-10, when Cam Newton threw incomplete. The decision to go for it inst…
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • Notes on QBs Russell Wilson, Cam Newton

    Notes on QBs Russell Wilson, Cam Newton

    ESPN.com Oct 7, 2012
    SAN FRANCISCO -- My column on the San Francisco 49ers' 45-3 victory over Buffalo will be appearing on the blog shortly. In the meantime, I wanted to pass along notes on the Seattle Seahawks' 16-12 victory over Carolina, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Info…
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • Seahawks win, but will Russell Wilson ultimately hold them back…

    Seahawks win, but will Russell Wilson ultimately hold them back?

    Russell Wilson led Seattle to one touchdown on Sunday. He also led Carolina into one touchdown, throwing an interception that was returned for a score. Seattle won 16-12 at Carolina, but that was more because of a Herculean defensive effort than Wilson …
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • Alex Smith says he sprained middle finger on his throwing hand

    Alex Smith says he sprained middle finger on his throwing hand

    Alex Smith threw for 303 yards on Sunday and led the 49ers to a franchise-record 621 offensive yards in a performance that could be described as raising a big middle finger to all those who have doubted his ability to lead a winning team. That’s figurat
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • Seahawks D has way with Panthers in victory

    Seahawks D has way with Panthers in victory

    Russell Wilson threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate with 35 seconds left in the third quarter to help the Seattle Seahawks beat the Carolina Panthers 16-12 on Sunday.
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • 49ers humiliate another AFC East foe, beat Bills 45-3

    49ers humiliate another AFC East foe, beat Bills 45-3

    profootballtalk.com Oct 7, 2012
    The 49ers might want to think about petitioning the NFL for a move to the AFC East. They took on their second AFC East opponent in a row on Sunday and laid just as convincing a beatdown on the Bills as they did on the Jets a week ago. The only differenc…
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • Rams And The NFC West

    Rams And The NFC West

    ramsgab.com Oct 7, 2012
    As of 12 noon PST here are the current records of the teams in the NFC West: Today the 49ers play the Bills at home in San Francisco.  Also today the Seahawks play the Panthers in Carolina.  If we give the wins to the home teams, the numbers at the end
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • Jacobs' 49ers debut to come vs. Giants?

    Jacobs' 49ers debut to come vs. Giants?

    ESPN.com Oct 7, 2012
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Brandon Jacobs' regular-season debut with the San Francisco 49ers will wait at least another week. The team named Jacobs among its inactive players against Buffalo on Sunday. Jacobs isn't really needed at this point. So, even though he'…
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • Jon Beason, Aaron Hernandez headline late game NFL inactive lis…

    Jon Beason, Aaron Hernandez headline late game NFL inactive lists in Week 5

    yahoo.com Oct 7, 2012
    The Carolina Panthers will be without starting middle linebacker Jon Beason and cornerback Chris Gamble when they host the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Beason (knee) and Gamble (shoulder) had been listed as "doubtful" on the Panthers' final inj…
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • Danny Amendola’s injury could have been life-threatening

    Danny Amendola’s injury could have been life-threatening

    The St. Louis Rams may be 3-2 in their first season under head coach Jeff Fisher, but they were dealt a significant injury blow on Thursday night when wide receiver Danny Amendola suffered a separated SC joint while laying out to haul in a 22-yard pass …
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • 49ers' Aldon Smith chasing Reggie White

    49ers' Aldon Smith chasing Reggie White

    ESPN.com Oct 7, 2012
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Good note from the San Francisco 49ers this morning: Aldon Smith needs 1.5 sacks against Buffalo to break Reggie White's sack-era record for fewest games to reach 20 career sacks. White needed 22 games. Smith has 18.5 sacks in his first…
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • Touchy subject: RB getting too much work?

    Touchy subject: RB getting too much work?

    ESPN.com Oct 7, 2012
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Marshawn Lynch has 99 touches, defined as carries plus receptions, through the Seattle Seahawks' first four games. Only five players since 2008 have had more to this point in a season. How many is too many? Arian Foster has 112 this sea…
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • 2012 Grid Challenge: Son rises in the West

    2012 Grid Challenge: Son rises in the West

    ESPN.com Oct 7, 2012
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Good morning from Candlestick Park, where parking lot attendants have been on duty since 4 a.m. local time, bracing for a busy weekend in the Bay Area. With so much going on, I wasn't going to sit around and wait for traffic to cut off …
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • Great defenses? Not on third-and-long

    Great defenses? Not on third-and-long

    ESPN.com Oct 7, 2012
    NFL defense aspires to force opponents into third-and-long. Good ones should feast on opposing offenses in these favorable situations. NFC West defenses, though strong overall, have suffered from some puzzling third-and-long breakdowns. I'm not here to …
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • Video - Sunday Blitz: Seahawks-Panthers Recap 02:37

    Sunday Blitz: Seahawks-Panthers Recap

    Oct 7
    Jim Basquil and Eric Allen break down the Seahawks' 16-12 win over the Panthers.
  • Video - Sunday Blitz: Bills-49ers Recap 03:13

    Sunday Blitz: Bills-49ers Recap

    Oct 7
    Jim Basquil and Eric Allen break down the the 49ers' record-setting performance as they blow past the Bills 45-3.
  • Video - 49ers postgame press conference 03:38

    49ers postgame press conference

    Oct 7
    49ers react following game with Bills
  • Video - 49ers Trounce Bills For 4th Win 00:32

    49ers Trounce Bills For 4th Win

    Oct 7
    Alex Smith threw for 303 yards and four touchdowns to lead the 49ers over the Bills 45-3.

Sports Columnists

  • Don Banks: Broncos were prepared mentally, but not physically, for Patriot…

    Oct 7
    FOXBORO, Mass. -- After another loss to New England was in the books -- their third in the span of 10 games, including last season's playoffs -- Champ Bailey and the rest of his Broncos teammates found the repetition of it all a little wearing.
  • Don Banks: No shortage of heroes in Colts' inspiring tribute win; more Sna…

    Oct 7
    FOXBORO, Mass. -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we take stock of an offensively sloppy but memorable Week 5 in the NFL....