Last week: Beat Atlanta, 27-13
This week: Bye
- USC fires head coach Steve Sarkisian, former UW Huskies coach
- Seahawks coach Pete Carroll on Steve Sarkisian: ‘It breaks my heart’
- Seahawks’ Pete Carroll ‘baffled’ after late collapse vs. Bengals
- Time for Seahawks to accept that Marshawn Lynch may go from Beast Mode to Decreased Mode
- Smoking credit-card reader forces Seattle-bound flight to land in N.Y.
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Notable: Arizona’s defense has upheld its end of the bargain for much of the season: The Cardinals picked off Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan four times last week while also sacking him four times.
St. Louis Rams
Last week: Lost to Seattle, 14-9
This week: Tennessee, 10 a.m.
Notable: The Rams were left for dead when Sam Bradford was lost for the year with an injury, but powerful running back Zac Stacy has helped solidify St. Louis’ offense.
San Francisco 49ers
Last week: Beat Jacksonville, 42-10
This week: Carolina, 1:05 p.m.
Notable: The 49ers’ All-Pro linebacker Aldon Smith is expected to play this week against Carolina. Smith has played in only three games after his second arrest for suspicion of drunken driving.