Quick thoughts on NFC West games

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

  • Edgerrin James and fullback Justin Griffith started in the Seahawks' backfield against Oakland, James' debut with Seattle. Julius Jones remains the starting halfback for the regular season. Griffith should start over second-year player Owen Schmitt based on experience, performance and knowledge of the offense. James carried the ball twice and looked good.

  • Seahawks rookie Aaron Curry was the only defensive starter playing for Seattle. He has been very active and making plays with enthusiasm.

  • Steven Jackson did not play for the Rams during their 17-9 victory over the Chiefs. Good call by Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo. No need to risk injury. Samkon Gado took punishment, apparently to the ribs, and did not return.

  • Quincy Butler's interception return for a touchdown might be enough for the free-agent corner to secure a roster spot with the Rams. Butler has made plays throughout training camp and the exhibition season.

  • The Cardinals' first-team offense played three series and sputtered again. The Broncos picked off Kurt Warner's final pass. Big deal? I suspect not.

The Seattle game is on NFL Network. I'm watching and will file observations in a bit. I also plan to watch the Cardinals' replay, which NFL Network is showing after the Seattle game. I'll catch the Rams' replay Friday morning and file observations.