After the Week 10 defeat, the Seattle Seahawks fall to third in the NFC West.
The Seattle Seahawks have been in first place in the NFC West for over two months. But, within these last two weeks, their grip on first place was getting looser. In Week 9, when the Seahawks lost to the Bills, they remained in first place because the Dolphins beat the Cardinals.
In Week 10, if the Seahawks lost to the Rams, they would have been in either second of third depending on what the Cardinals did. Of course, we all know the Cardinals won on a Hail Mary and as a result, the Seahawks fell to third place.
While it feels like the Seahawks world is crumbling to pieces, everything they want to achieve is still in front of them. To say the least, they control their own destiny. With a head coach as enthusiastic as Pete Carroll, more fans need to adapt that optimistic philosophy. Like Russell Wilson and his mental conditioning coach, Trevor Moawad would say, the best is ahead. The Seahawks are just in a little bit of a slump, that’s all.
The good news is that the 49ers are running out of the race. With all the injuries they have sustained on the year, they never really stood a shot of winning this division. The NFC West is the best division in football and it is obvious at this point. Before we headline another big weekend of play in the NFC West, let’s first recap what happened in Week 10.
Week 10 Recap:
Arizona Cardinals defeat Buffalo Bills, 32-30
This was by far, the game of the week. Both of these teams showed tremendous amounts of heart in this one. It’s sort of ironic as the knock on both of these young quarterbacks is inaccuracy and turnovers that are a result of trying to do much. In this one, they went back and forth showing off their skills and what the future of this league will look like.
After a beautiful drive down the field that resulted in a Stefon Diggs touchdown, the Cardinals answered with a Hail Mary. DeAndre Hopkins, in the midst of four defenders, somehow came down with the ball. Murray did a hell of a job evading the pressure and making the throw.
Los Angeles Rams defeat Seattle Seahawks, 23-16
The Seahawks once again looked sloppy on the road. In another poor performance by Wilson, the Rams were able to recover a fumble and force two interceptions. The Seattle defense didn’t play their best in the first half, but only held the Rams to 6 points in the second half.
It was the Rams defense that led the way. Leonard Floyd was the unsung hero in this one, racking up 3 sacks while Aaron Donald faced double teams. The Rams defense has been the story of that team for this season. Let’s see if they can keep it up moving forward.
New Orleans Saints defeat San Francisco 49ers, 27-13
The 49ers looked sharp in the first half of this football game. But, they just couldn’t outlast the Saints. Just as New Orleans was catching fire, QB Drew Brees got hurt. He was forced to miss some time in this game and is expected to miss 2-3 weeks moving forward.
Regardless, the 49ers are just too banged up. They have been dealing with a tremendous amount of injuries and it is just too hard for them to overcome. Each week, their chances of making the playoffs become slimmer and slimmer. They enter their much-needed bye week at 4-6.
JLuppy’s Week 10 Picks — (1-1-1)
JLuppy’s Record –(17-11-1)
NFC West Standings
Arizona Cardinals (6-3)
Last rank: 2
Los Angeles Rams (6-3)
Last rank: 3
Seattle Seahawks (6-3)
Last rank: 1
San Francisco 49ers (4-6)
Last rank: 4
Week 11 Preview:
Arizona Cardinals @ Seattle Seahawks (-3)
NFL fans will be treated to a great Thursday Night Football matchup as this game is huge for both teams. The Seahawks look to take back first place. The Cardinals look to complete the season sweep and grow upon their divisional lead. The Seahawks are 1-2 in NFC West play and must win this game. They have looked sloppy in the past two weeks.
But, I am not betting against Russell Wilson and a fired-up Seahawks team. I am expecting the defense to show up, and with the return of Chris Carson, I like the Seahawks in this one. Also, it’s hard to bet against the Seahawks when they are wearing action green uniforms.
Los Angeles Rams @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-4)
Monday Night Football was also be treating NFL fans as the Los Angeles Rams head down to Tompa Bay to take on the Buccaneers. This is going to be a great game. One of the top defenses in the league versus one of the top offenses in the league. I like the Buccaneers in this one for one reason. And it is not because Antonio Brown is becoming more familiar with this offense.
In fact, it’s because of the Tampa Bay defense. Jared Goff does not do well against pressure. Todd Bowles has proved to be very aggressive as a defensive coordinator and I think the pressure will force Goff into some errors. I am taking Tom Brady over Jared Goff in this one.
San Francisco 49ers (4-6) — Bye Week
The 49ers head into their bye week battered and bruised. This was a team that was entering this season with hopes and aspirations of getting back to the Super Bowl. But, now this team could be potentially making a franchise-changing move in the offseason. Many are beginning to speculate on whether or not Jimmy Garoppolo will be the quarterback moving forward for this team.
The defense is young and has shown in the past — when they are at full strength — they are a top 5 defense. With quarterbacks such as Matt Ryan, Cam Newton and Dak Prescott on the potential market, the 49ers may make a move.