Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/20/12
Week 11 has now come to a close and there are some very interesting story-lines coming out of the NFC West division.Colin Kaepernick created a bit of a quarterback controversy in San Francisco, the Rams looked ugly against the Jets and Ken Whisenhunt may have cost himself a job.All of this and more coming up.Here is your NFC West Week 11 recap.ResultsArizona Cardinals 19, Atlanta Falcons 23There is a lot to talk about following the Arizona Cardinals' 23-19 loss to the Atlanta Falcons this past Sunday. They have now lost six games in a row and are no longer a playoff contender. The Cardinals were given multiple opportunities to win this game and it just goes to show you how overrated this Falcons team is.Arizona jumped out to an early 13-0 lead, before allowing Atlanta to come back and tie it up. With a 13-3 lead, quarterback John Skelton was benched for rookie fifth-round pick Ryan Lindley.I like the move because it is sending a message to the rest of the offense that they have to step up. That said Skelton should have been put back into the game at the start of the second half after the Lindley experiment failed.Ryan Lindley is not to blame for this loss. He is not even a backup on most teams and it is laughable that he was kept in this game for so long. He is not NFL ready and Ken Whisenhunt left him out to dry today.On the opposite side of the ball, the Cardinals' defense was outstanding in this game. They forced six turnovers including five Matt Ryan interceptions. They gave up only 16 points to one of the best offenses in football.The other seven points came on a “fumble” recovery returned for a touchdown by Jonathon Babineaux. On a third down in the second quarter, Ryan Lindley was hit as he threw the ball. Arizona players ran off the field so the punt team could come out and the ball was picked up and ran in for a touchdown.They ruled that Lindley’s arm was not going forward and even after review, the play stood. It is disgusting the amount of calls the regular officials have gotten wrong this season even after video review. Without this touchdown, Atlanta does not win this football game.New York Jets 27, St. Louis Rams 13The second game on tap for the NFC West division was not nearly as exciting as the first. After keeping it close for the first three quarters, the St. Louis Rams gave up two fourth quarter touchdowns to Bilal Powell to lose 27-13.This was a very ugly game for the Rams. They played the best game of their season, tying the San Francisco 49ers last week on the road, but could not get it done at home against a struggling Jets team.Statistically St. Louis did not have a bad game. They averaged 5.7 yards per carry and Sam Bradford threw two touchdown passes. Their defense also held New York to just three yards per carry.There were two things that cost the Rams this football game – turnovers and terrible third down efficiency. Sam Bradford and Daryl Richardson each had a fumble and Bradford also threw an interception. St. Louis was 5-for-16 on third down, while the Jets converted seven of 14 attempts.Arizona also lost this week, so a win would have moved the Rams out of the basement in the NFC West. At 4-5-1, they may have still had a shot at the wild card, but this loss has ultimately sealed their fate.Chicago Bears 7, San Francisco 49ers 32Coming off of a tie with the St. Louis Rams, San Francisco hosted the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football in Week 11. This game looked like it would be a battle between two of the top teams in the NFC. That was until both Alex Smith and Jay Cutler were concussed in Week 10.Neither man was cleared to play, leaving a matchup between Colin Kaepernick and Jason Campbell. While one quarterback lived up to the expectations, one of them clearly did not. Judging by the score, you can probably assume who performed and who was a bust.Campbell struggled against the 49ers' defense, but then again, so do a lot of people. On the other side of the ball, Colin Kaepernick made the Bears look silly in the first start of his career. Blame the Cutler injury all you want, but Chicago is an overrated team.Their defense could not stop the run or the pass. As a team, San Francisco averaged 4.2 yards on 29 carries. Kaepernick also completed just fewer than 70 percent of his passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns. The Bears forced no turnovers and had only one sack all game.It was a very one-sided affair that proved two things.1. San Francisco is set at quarterback when Smith returns.2. Chicago is nowhere near a Super Bowl.StandingsSan Francisco 49ers: 7-2-1Seattle Seahawks: 6-4Arizona Cardinals: 4-6St. Louis Rams: 3-6-1Week 12 OpponentsArizona: vs. St. LouisSan Francisco: at New OrleansSeattle: at MiamiSt. Louis: at Arizona
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