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Around the NFC West: First-place Rams

Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch detects a new edge about the Rams. Miklasz: "These Rams are furious and have an attitude. These fellas show no respect, no respect at all. The same old sorry Rams have given way to the newer, younger and unapologetic Rams. They are not sorry about anything. They hit back. Last week it was Donovan McNabb and the Washington Redskins who went down in a heap on the carpet in St. Louis. This week, Matt Hasselbeck and the Seattle Seahawks took the drop."

Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Steven Jackson was a factor for the Rams despite not being even "remotely" close to full strength. Burwell: "For the record, this was the day that Jackson (6,991 yards) moved into second place on the Rams' all-time career rushing list. He passed the legendary Marshall Faulk (6,959 yards) early in the fourth quarter on a 15-yard run that allowed him to close within 354 yards of Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson's club record 7,245 yards. But that wasn't how Jackson made his biggest impression. This wasn't about records. This was about all those things that lead to records. Heart and soul and effort and will to win."

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch offers a Rams report card featuring high marks. Coats on the defensive line: "A stellar performance, featuring a number of big plays. Seattle QB Matt Hasselbeck was harassed all afternoon, and mostly by a four-man rush. He was sacked four times. The Rams were stout against the run, especially in the second half, when RB Justin Forsett mustered just 16 yards on eight carries."

Also from Coats: The Rams' defense is making strides. Coats: "The club finished 29th in the 32-team NFL in total defense last year, while giving up more points per game (27.2) than all but one team. After four games this year, the Rams have sliced that by more than 50 percent and sport one of the NFL stingiest averages. Given the rough times of the past few seasons, being among the league leaders in any defensive category is gratifying, cornerback Ron Bartell conceded."

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams put to rest two streaks Sunday. Quarterback Sam Bradford: ""It feels great. Especially starting out 0-2, and being so close to wins those first two weeks. To come back and battle back, get ourselves to 2-2 and just be in the conversation to be in the divisional lead, I think that's big for this team."

Nick Wagoner of stlouisrams.com says the Rams appeared to escape serious injuries against Seattle.

Also from Wagoner: The Rams said they expected to win Sunday.

More from Wagoner: a look at how key matchups and storylines played out for the Rams.

More yet from Wagoner: Jackson's performance inspired.

Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat says the Rams allowed fewer points Sunday than they had allowed in any regular-season game since the team shut out Oakland in 2006.

Also from Korte: Jackson didn't want to play it safe with his groin injury.

Norm Sanders of the Belleville News-Democrat says Bradford's confidence is rising.