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Hot topics: Key issues in the NFC West

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Colts-Cardinals game is on the TV here in the sports bar at the hotel where the 49ers stayed for their game against the Vikings.

I'll be watching and posting on occasion before boarding a flight Monday morning.

In the meantime, this might be a good time to throw out a few subjects for discussion heading into the week. I'll pose them as questions.

  • Are the 49ers far too conservative in their offensive play calling? Did that cost them against the Vikings? Or are they simply establishing their identity while avoiding the mistakes that hurt them so badly last season?

  • Was Marc Bulger holding back the Rams' offense? Are the Rams better off with Kyle Boller even when Bulger is healthy?

  • Are the Seahawks heading down the road to oblivion, or was this loss to Chicago merely a small bump in the road?

We might have some Cardinals questions to consider later Sunday night.