Despite the first loss of the year, the Seattle Seahawks remain in 1st in the NFC West.
The Seattle Seahawks were the only team in the NFC West to lose on Sunday. Of course, one NFC West team had to lose as the Seahawks faced off against the Cardinals. In fact, the Cardinals handed the Seahawks their first loss of the year.
The NFC West is the only division in the NFL that has three teams with 5 wins. This whole division might end up in the NFC playoffs when it’s all said and done. As we hit the halfway point of the year, we have a basic understanding of what each team represents and in converse, what their weaknesses are.
Will the Seattle defense find a way to turn it around? Can the Rams continually rely on their defense? Will Kyler Murray fix his accuracy issues? Is Jimmy Garoppolo that guy for the Niners?
The NFC West race will be very exciting to watch as the season winds down. But, before we look, forward, let’s recap Week 7.
Week 7 Recap:
San Francisco 49ers defeat New England Patriots, 33-6
Jimmy Garoppolo went to Fox Borough and got his revenge against his former team, the New England Patriots. Although, he didn’t have his best game as he threw for 0 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. The 49ers defense was dominant as they forced Newton into 3 interceptions. Newton’s accuracy didn’t seem apparent that game and as a result, got benched. The 49ers defense gave the offense extra opportunities starting with great field position, and the Niners run game brought them home. Impressive victory by the Niners on the road.
Arizona Cardinals defeat Seattle Seahawks, 37-34 (OT)
Sunday Night Football presented us with a thrilling game featuring two divisional rivals. The Cardinals played the role of the Seahawks in this game. Trailing all game long, making unforced errors and then all of a sudden, complete a 4th quarter comeback within five minutes and go on to win the game. The Seahawks had some very costly penalties in this game, especially in the second half that came back to haunt them. It was a very entertaining game and such a fun battle to watch between Kyler and Russ. The Cardinals picked up a huge win in overtime.
Los Angeles Rams defeat Chicago Bears, 24-10
The Los Angeles Rams look different this year. Sean McVay checked his ego at the door, by bringing in two coordinators and thus far, it is paying off. Believe it or not, the Rams defense is leading the way. Aaron Donald looks like he is on the track to win the defensive player of the year award, once again. Their front 7 is fast and they get after you in the backfield. Jalen Ramsey and company keep things locked down in the secondary and as a result, this defense has been dominant. Also, keep in mind, this offense can explode at any time. The Rams have resorted to becoming a very balanced team and have been successful in doing so through the first seven weeks.
JLuppy’s Week 7 Picks — (2-1)
JLuppy’s Record — (13-8)
NFC West Standings
Week 7 Preview
Los Angeles Rams (-4) @ Miami Dolphins
Rookie QB out of Alabama, Tua Tagovailoa, will be making his NFL debut this week against the Los Angeles Rams. Quite the task for the young man as he will be going up against Aaron Donald and this red hot LA defense. The Dolphins currently sit at 3-3 and 1-1 versus the NFC West as they lost to the Seahawks and dismantled the Niners. Although I am excited about Tua, I see him struggling. The Rams offense will get going this week, and I got the Rams winning 31-17. Tua is elusive and mobile, so expect him to make some big plays with his feet. But, ultimately, this Rams defense will be too much for him.
San Francisco 49ers @ Seattle Seahawks (-3)
The Seattle Seahawks are coming off their first loss and San Francisco is coming off a dominant win. Last year, when these two teams faced off, each game came down to the wire. While we are used to that as Seahawks fans already, it never seems to get easier. I think this will be yet another close battle that comes down to the last second, seeing the Seahawks victorious. The spread is a tough one as I have the Seahawks winning by 3 on a game-winning field goal. But, to make things fun, I’ll take Seattle by a touchdown. On a side note, I think the defense steps up this week.
Arizona Cardinals (5-2) — Bye Week
Arizona heads into their bye week after a big win over the Seattle Seahawks. The Cardinals have turned many heads this year as not too many expected them to be this good. They are currently in second place and most importantly, they are 2-0 in NFC West play.