Wilks believes Josh Rosen's position not big for him
Arizona Cardinals: It might have seemed odd that the Cardinals had rookie quarterback Josh Rosen make his debut late in the fourth quarter while needing a game-winning field-goal drive, but that's not how coach Steve Wilks saw it. "It looked like Josh was thrown in in the end, but he wasn't," Wilks said, adding that he would have put Rosen in sooner if the Bears' previous drive hadn't taken nearly seven minutes. "He can handle those types of situations. I think he handled it well. He went in, commanded the huddle, did a great job of moving the ball. We just, as an offense, in the end, didn't work well together." Wilks named Rosen his Week 4 starter on Monday while lauding the youngster's approach. "His demeanor is what you want at that position," Wilks said. "I don't think it's too big for him.
Los Angeles Rams: The Rams' specialists are well known, as kicker Greg Zuerlein, punter Johnny Hekker and returner Pharoh Cooper (currently on injured reserve) each were first-team All-Pro last year. But don't forget about linebacker Cory Littleton, who might be the NFL's best punt-blocking specialist. After stuffing Chargers punter Drew Kaser in the end zone Sunday -- which Blake Countess recovered for a touchdown -- Littleton has three blocked punts since the start of 2017. "Basically, with any blocked punt, you just have to believe in the plan and hope everything works," Littleton said. "Trust in it. I believe in it and launched out and got the block."
San Francisco 49ers: With Jimmy Garoppolo lost for the season with a torn ACL, the 49ers will turn to C.J. Beathard, who coach Kyle Shanahan has plenty of confidence in. "C.J. is a gamer," Shanahan said after Sunday's game. "Everyone in here has a ton of respect for C.J. and how he handles himself. He is a man out there and he is a very good quarterback. We are fortunate to have him." As important as Beathard's play will be, Shanahan expects him to play a big role as a leader, too. "Keep these guys together, keep leading them," Shanahan said. "...It is just a matter of our psyche and keeping everyone in it on the next week and staying positive."
Seattle Seahawks: After running the ball a total of 38 times through two weeks, the Seahawks pounded the ball repeatedly on Sunday against the Cowboys, racking up 39 carries. Coach Pete Carroll indicated afterward that he wants that approach to defining Seattle's offense moving forward. "We talked about it all week, we've been talking about it for some time," Carroll said. "I was really disappointed that we didn't come into the season in that mode. ...This is where we want to be, so we've righted it hopefully. It won't mean anything unless we come back and do it next week." The Seahawks' efficiency on the ground, however, could use some work, as they averaged just 2.9 yards per carrying, including 3.2 for starter Chris Carson.