Around the NFC West: Willis, Jacobs pals

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee gets 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis' take on Giants running back Brandon Jacobs. The two became friends at the ESPY Awards in July. "He's just a cool, down-to-earth, funny guy," Willis says.

John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle says Willis figures to be busy against Jacobs and the Giants.

Also from Crumpacker: The 49ers claim an offensive lineman off waivers while one of their current starters tangles with linebacker Roderick Green.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says the 49ers will have to play more physical to hang with the Giants at the Meadowlands.

Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News looks at 49ers linebacker Takeo Spikes, who is suddenly forcing turnovers.

Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat says the Rams have confidence in Adam Goldberg if Orlando Pace can't start at left tackle.
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams haven't scored more than 19 points in a game this season.

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams will wait until Sunday before determining whether Pace plays this week. Pace doesn't have to practice in order to play.

Greg Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says former Rams linebacker Brandon Chillar has become a key player for the Packers on defense. Chillar has helped Green Bay defend opposing tight ends.

Frank Hughes of the Tacoma News Tribune says the NFL stands by the holding call that wiped out Julius Jones' 51-yard run against the Packers. I watched the play closely and thought Mike Wahle did hold on the play, at least technically. He grabbed the defender's jersey. This was not a blatant hold, however, and referees routinely allow much more flagrant holds. That makes it tough for an offensive lineman to know how a call might be applied.

Jose Romero of the Seattle Times gives Seneca Wallace a good chance to start at quarterback for the Seahawks at Tampa Bay.

Art Thiel of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer envisions a Seahawks future without quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. Are age and injuries catching up to the former Pro Bowl passer?

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer checks in with Seahawks defensive coordinator John Marshall. Seattle has forced only four turnovers this season. Marshall says it's no mystery why.

Michael Steffes of Seahawk Addicts says the Seahawks' Jones has managed to tick off another opponent with bulletin-board comments.

Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald says the Seahawks have allowed 71 points in their last two games.

Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals are grabbing the national spotlight. Great quote from Cardinals Hall of Famer Larry Wilson following Arizona's overtime victory over Dallas: "I tell you what, my chest has been puffed out all week, and almost since the start of the season. When you whip up on Dallas, it's pretty special. I'm running into people who are telling me, 'Way to go! Way to go!' What the hell did I do?"

Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals are fielding an effective pass rush.