Updated NFC West Standings: Where Seahawks stand after week five
By Jake Luppino
Here is a look at the updated standings in the Seahawks’ NFC West after Week 5.
The Seattle Seahawks remain atop of the NFC West heading into their bye week. As the season progresses, teams start taking their final form. Unfortunately for the Seahawks, it seems that everyone in the NFC West can be a playoff team.
While it is good to be in a competitive division and earn it the right way, it is frustrating to see other divisions with 1st place teams that have losing records. In the NFC East, the Dallas Cowboys are 2-3 and are in first place. In the NFC West, they would be tied for last.
But, be it as it may, the Seahawks are 5-0 for the first time in franchise history and as history has shown, the Hawks typically get better in November and December. What is yet to be seen is if the other teams in this division have reliable quarterback play.
Each team has questions surrounding it as we approach Week 6. Can the Seahawks defense improve enough to help them win the Super Bowl? Will the Rams defense sustain this type of dominance? Are the Cardinals a legit threat? Is Jimmy Garropolo’s time in San Francisco up?
After going 2-2 last week, the NFC West posted an impressive 3-1 record in Week 5.
Week 5 Recap:
Arizona Cardinals defeat New York Jets, 30-10
As expected, the Arizona Cardinals dominated in their win over the New York Jets. The Jets have to be the worst team in the NFL and to make matters worse, they were without QB Sam Darnold. Although Kyler Murray threw an interception once again, he did a drop a dime to DeAndre Hopkins, who caught it with one hand and scored a touchdown. This was a good “pick me up” game for the Cardinals as they had just dropped back to back losses to the Detroit Lions and Carolina Panthers. The Cardinals will look to build off this win as the season progresses and the race for the West gets tighter.
Los Angeles Rams defeat Washington Football Team, 30-10
Once again, the Los Angeles Rams defense was dominant. Kyle Allen had a solid opening drive but got injured after getting rocked by Aaron Donald. Donald finished this game with 4 sacks and 1 forced fumble. Donald has been an absolute monster this year wrecking each game. The Football Team is a physical defensive group and the Rams offense was pretty much able to do what they wanted when they wanted. Overall impressive performance by the Rams on the road in Washington.
Miami Dolphins defeat San Francisco 49ers, 43-17
This one came as a surprise. I do not think anyone expected the Niners to get routed by the Dolphins. I don’t even think Dolphins fans were expecting this. Listen, the Niners have sustained some brutal injuries early on and it is a valid excuse to a certain extent. But, Jimmy Garropolo is beginning to raise a lot of eyebrows. He has not been the same since the Super Bowl defeat and made some terrible decisions in last week’s game against the Dolphins. The Niners need to feed George Kittle and focus more on the run game moving forward if they want a chance at salvaging their season.
Seattle Seahawks defeat Minnesota Vikings, 27-26
The Seahawks did not deserve to beat the Vikings Sunday Night. But, they found a way to pull off the victory. The defense made a huge stop at the end and Russell Wilson led the game-winning drive to give the Seahawks the lead with 15 seconds left. Wideout DK Metcalf is showing off his tremendous potential as he had another big game. The Seahawks are now entering their bye week with a record of 5-0, which is the best start in franchise history. The Seahawks will take this bye week to get some rest and get healthier as we approach the middle of the season.
JLuppy’s Week 5 Picks — (2-2)
JLuppy’s Record — (10-6)
NFC West Standings
Week 6 Preview
Seattle Seahawks (5-0) – Bye Week
The Seattle Seahawks are entering their bye week with a perfect record on the year. With an early bye week, the Seahawks have some time to rest up and get healthy. Jamal Adams and Philip Dorsett should be back for our Week 7 bout with the Arizona Cardinals. We can also hope that WR Josh Gordon gets reinstated soon. Also, the bye week gives our newest addition, Damion “Snacks” Harrison, ample time to learn the system.
Los Angeles Rams (-3.5) @ San Francisco 49ers
Sunday Night Football will be treated with an NFC West showdown between the Rams and Niners. With the new playoff seeding — with only one team getting a bye week and an extra wild card spot — every single game matters. Especially, when you are facing off with a potential playoff team. The Niners are coming off one of their worst losses in the Kyle Shannan era and better come ready to play as they will be going up against the red hot Rams. The Rams could be 5-0 if it wasn’t for a bad pass interference call in their Week 3 matchup with the Bills. I expect a physical defensive battle as these two teams know each other well. I have the Niners winning in this one in a close game. If they lose, I’d still take the points as I see it being a 3 point swing either way.
Arizona Cardinals (-2) @ Dallas Cowboys
On Monday Night Football, the Cardinals will face off against the Cowboys, who will be without QB Dak Prescott. Vegas clearly trusts in Andy Dalton as Arizona is only a 2 point favorite. I, myself, believe in Andy Dalton. This Cowboys offense is loaded and Dalton is a good enough quarterback to have success with this team. While the Cowboys defense is struggling, I see them making some big plays in this game as Kyler Murray has had difficulty with turnovers in the early season. The Cardinals will be without Chandler Jones, as that is a huge loss for this team defensively. I expect a high scoring game with the Cowboys outlasting the Cardinals.