Around the NFC West: Irvin relates to Boldin

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic checks in with Michael Irvin, who offers perspective on the hit that knocked out Cardinals receiver Anquan Boldin. According to Irvin, Boldin said he's been advised to take a week off. The Cardinals have not offered specifics on Boldin's injury or a timetable for his return.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says the Cardinals must improve on defense after watching Brett Favre complete six touchdown passes. Urban also questions the specifics of a report on Boldin's injuries.

Also from Urban: Adrian Wilson and other Cardinals players have even more respect for Boldin's toughness after the receiver emerged from his frightening hit without serious injuries.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says Cardinals players were humbled by a trip to Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where they visited injured soldiers.

Dan Brown of 49ers Hot Read takes a look at the matchup between 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Martz and Patriots coach Bill Belichick. The Patriots are 3-1 in previous matchups.

Matt Maiocco of Instant 49ers takes a look at seven key plays from the 49ers-Saints game.

Chrissy Mauck of 49ers.com has the story after several 49ers players hung out with Sammy Hagar on their off day.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee offers his 49ers quarterly report. He says the team needs to see more from Vernon Davis, Jonas Jennings, Dashon Goldson, Manny Lawson, Aubrayo Franklin and Isaac Sopoaga.

Jose Romero of the Seattle Times says Seattle linebacker Leroy Hill is making a name for himself in his fourth season.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer suggests the Seahawks will have their hands full with Giants running back Brandon Jacobs.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch checks in with Rams quarterback Marc Bulger, who explains why he kept a low profile after getting benched. Bulger said he didn't want to cause a distraction.

Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat says the Rams might have to place tight end Randy McMichael on injured reserve.

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Rams coach Jim Haslett is putting pressure on tight end Joe Klopfenstein to realize his potential.

Also from Coats: Haslett had to double back to his office before practice after forgetting his whistle. He has the bye week to get accustomed to being a head coach again.