NFC West

Frank Gore Is Fine According To Harbaugh; Pick Up Kendall Hunter Anyway

The 49ers running back missed the second half of the Giants game
<p> The 49ers running back missed the second half of the Giants game</p>

Frank Gore, according to San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh is apparently "Fine" after suffering a knee injury against the New York Giants on Sunday.

The 49ers coach was emphatic that Gore will play next week, and the knee injury that kept him out of the majority of the second half is not serious. And that he wasn't put back in the game for precautionary reasons.

Beanie Wells (Hamstring) Questionable, But Should Play This Sunday

The Cardinals running back is listed as questionable, but has shown no ill effects at practice this week
<p> The Cardinals running back is listed as questionable, but has shown no ill effects at practice this week</p>

Beanie Wells has been a fantasy football star this season. When's he's in the lineup, that is.

While Beanie has performed much better expected than his position this season (he's averaging over 5 yards a carry and has found the end zone five times in three games), he's also been a headache for his owners.

The 0-3 Rams Will Make The Playoffs. No, Seriously.

Their schedule gets much easier after Week 9 and they're in a very bad division
<p> Their schedule gets much easier after Week 9 and they're in a very bad division</p>

With the first three weeks of the NFL season in the books, there are five teams — Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings and St. Louis Rams — who have yet to win a game. According to research done by the NFL Network, teams that start the season 0-3 have a 2.8 percent chance of making the playoffs.

Injuries Ruin St. Louis Rams Playoff Hopes

Injuries impact St. Louis Rams playoff hopes for 2011.
<p> Injuries impact St. Louis Rams playoff hopes for 2011.</p>
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By Josh Kipnis

Two years after a 1-15 record, the St. Louis Rams were hoping to make 2011 a memorable year with their first playoff berth since 2004.  They probably aren’t saying the same thing after the NFL’s opening weekend.

49ers' Ginn Joins Even More Historic Company

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Multiple stories about the San Francisco 49ers' 33-17 Week 1 victory over the Seattle Seahawks mention kick returner Ted Ginn Jr.'s returning a kickoff and punt for touchdowns in the same game.

Ginn became the 12th player in pro football history to accomplish that feat with his 102-yard kickoff and 55-yard punt return in a 59-second span of Sunday's season opener.

A much less publicized achievement is that the game was Ginn's second with multiple kick return touchdowns. Ginn took two kickoffs to the house against the New York Jets on November 1, 2009.

Seattle Seahawks 2011 NFL Team Preview

We look at the Seahawks chances of making the playoffs this season.
<p> We look at the Seahawks chances of making the playoffs this season.</p>

Pete Carroll did the Seahawks shuffle when he took over as coach, engineering 284 roster moves in his first 12 months. During this dizzying transformation, he lost his players in a big way at midseason (dropping six of eight games), got them back in a bigger way at season’s end (rescuing the postseason) and turned them strangely historical — coming up with the NFL’s first losing team (7–9) to collect a division title and win a playoff game (41–36 over New Orleans).

Arizona Cardinals 2011 NFL Team Preview

We break down the Cardinals chances at making a Super Bowl run this season.
<p> We break down the Cardinals chances at making a Super Bowl run this season.</p>

It seems patently unfair to say this is a critical season for Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt. After all, Whisenhunt led the moribund Arizona franchise to the Super Bowl just three seasons ago.

But NFL fans have short memories, and Whisenhunt’s botched handling of the quarterback situation last year has some folks wondering if that Super Bowl run had more to do with quarterback Kurt Warner than the Cardinals’ coach.

San Francisco 49ers 2011 NFL Team Preview

We take a look at the 49ers prospects for the upcoming season.
<p> We take a look at the 49ers prospects for the upcoming season.</p>

The year was 1979 when Eddie DeBartolo Jr., after two disastrous years as owner of the San Francisco 49ers, hired an innovative offensive coach from just down the road at Stanford in hopes of reviving his franchise. Bill Walsh installed what came to be known as the “West Coast Offense,” and in 1981 he led the 49ers to their first Super Bowl victory, a win that marked the start of an NFL dynasty in San Francisco. Fast-forward to 2011, and the 49ers are hoping that history will repeat.

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