NFC West Roundup: Arizona surges, Seahawks up to 2nd place


The NFC West is finally starting to trend as it was expected to. The Seattle Seahawks began to “get right” with the return of Kam Chancellor, and the result was a 26-0 blowout win over a bad Chicago team.

The win moves Seattle up into a tie for second place in the division. That is a slot that they should hold for quite some time. They won’t be able to catch Arizona for few weeks, and the rest of the division doesn’t have the talent to keep pace with Arizona and Seattle over the long haul.

Division Standings

Arizona Cardinals301.0001264977
Seattle Seahawks12.333746113
St. Louis Rams12.3335067-18
San Francisco 49ers12.3334593-48

San Francisco update

The 49ers looked like a disaster again on a Sunday in a 47-7 blowout loss to Arizona. Colin Kaepernick has regressed completely into a guy who looks completely clueless. He completed just nine passes while throwing four picks.

Two of Kaepernick’s picks were returned for for touchdowns. The both seemed to come from the same play call, as in they ran the play twice and had the same result both times.

After the game, running back Carlos Hyde made some comments to the media about Kaepernick that were less-than supportive. It is getting ugly in Santa Clara.

St. Louis update

The Rams looked awful offensively once again as they fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers 12-6. The Rams now rank last in the NFL in offense. Nick Foles has proven to be exactly what everyone outside of Rams thought he was.

Rookie RB Todd Gurley made his debut finally. He didn’t look ready, finishing with just 9 yards on six carries. Getting him reps this year is important for his development, but the team isn’t good enough to justify rushing him back early.

The Rams’ elite defensive front will keep them in games, but if the offense doesn’t improve it won’t matter.

Arizona update

Everything is working in Arizona right now. They just won their second straight in blowout fashion, and are still undefeated. They’re two games clear of the rest of the division already.

Of course, the quality of the competition should not be ignored. Arizona’s three opponents have all been bottom tier teams. Still, they’ve taken care of business.

Looking ahead, Arizona should be able to string together a few more wins. Their early-season schedule is quite weak. The second half of the season will be much tougher, so another late-season slide like last year won’t be surprising.

Next: Rational thoughts after Seattle's big win

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