The Seattle Seahawks are back where they belong: first place of the NFC West.
Just about three weeks ago, the Seattle Seahawks were on a two-game losing streak and sitting at 3rd in the fierce NFC West. But, with the assistance of the New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers, the Seattle Seahawks are back in first place. Now that December is finally upon us, the race for the West will be determined within the next couple of weeks.
This has been by far the most competitive division in the NFL since Week 1. To be quite frank, if San Francisco didn’t suffer a plethora of injuries early on, this would be a four-team race for first place in the West, along with the number 1 seed in the NFC. While San Francisco is somewhat getting healthy, they are in contention for the final Wild Card spot in the NFC. The win over the Rams in Week 12 sure did help their playoff push. But, each of these teams will have their opportunities to earn their playoff spots as they will be facing each other in the remaining weeks of the season.
In fact, Week 13 will feature a huge showdown between the Los Angeles Rams and Arizona Cardinals. 12s are pulling for the Cardinals so that Seattle can grab a 2 game lead on first place. But, of course, Seattle will need to handle their own business this weekend if that is to become an option. Regardless, this weekend and the weeks upcoming will be fun to observe as a football fan.
Before headlining a huge Week 13, let’s recap what took place in Week 12.
Week 12 Recap:
New England Patriots defeat Arizona Cardinals, 20-17
This was quite the back and forth game as each team seized momentum only to lose it later on. The Cardinals jumped out to an early lead in this one, playing solid defense and executing on offense. But, after a couple of nice New England drives, the Patriots seized control of the game. The final two minutes of this game were hectic as it saw interceptions, missed field goals, unnecessary roughness penalties, that ultimately set up a game-winning New England field goal. After a Cam Newton interception late in the game, Arizona had a chance to go up 3 with under one minute remaining but missed the field goal. New England then embarked on the game-winning drive that was assisted by an unnecessary roughness penalty. This was a big loss for the Cardinals.
San Francisco 49ers defeat Los Angeles Rams, 23-20
This was another game that was determined by a game-winning field goal. The San Francisco 49ers seem to have the Los Angeles Rams number as they are 4-0 against them in the last two seasons. This was another trap game as the Rams — who were the better team — were facing a team that is too familiar with their scheme. Deebo Samuel had a monster game for this 49ers offense and helped set up the game-winning field goal. Despite the numerous turnovers by Jared Goff, the Rams had a chance to win this game but just didn’t capitalize. This one helped the Niners stay alive in the playoff race, but hurt the Rams as they lost their first place lead in the division.
Seattle Seahawks defeat Philadelphia Eagles, 23-17
The Seahawks were able to regain control of the West by defeating the Eagles on Monday Night Football. D.K. Metcalf seems to play his best football in Philly. In the Wild Card Round, he broke the rookie record for most receiving yards from a rookie in a playoff game. On Monday Night Football, he recorded 10 catches for 177 yards. He should have had 11 catches for about 194 and 1 touchdown but dropped an easy pass early in the 4th quarter. But, this game was headlined by the dominant defensive play of the Seahawks. 6 sacks and 1 interception in what should have been a 23-9 game, if the Eagles didn’t convert on a late hail marry touchdown.
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JLuppy’s Record — (20-12)
NFC West Standings
Week 13 Preview:
New York Giants @ Seattle Seahawks (-10)
This weekend, the Seahawks will take on another NFC East opponent in the New York Giants. The Giants are in first place in the NFC East and have been playing solid football over the last month. But, in the win over the Bengals, starting quarterback Daniel Jones, suffered a hamstring injury that will most likely keep him sidelined for this one. As a result, I like the Seahawks by 14 in this one. The defense has been successful in applying pressure and I think they will get to Colt McCoy. Also, expect another big game from D.K. Metcalf.
Los Angeles Rams (-3) @ Arizona Cardinals
This is another tough matchup for the Cardinals. This Rams defense has been the strong suit of this team and I think they will have a successful day in the desert. Aaron Donald and Leonard Floyd disrupting Kyler Murray with Jalen Ramsey following DeAndre Hopkins should be good enough for the Rams to win this one. I also think the Rams get back to their run game and work off the play action. I like them in this one by a touchdown.
Buffalo Bills (-2.5) @ San Francisco 49ers
As of late, the Bills have been hot mainly because they are playing well on both sides of the ball. The 49ers just picked up a huge win over the Rams and I think they carry that momentum over into this one. I expect it to be a close physical outing that comes down to a game-winning field goal. But, I just don’t trust Nick Mullens against this Buffalo defense. The Bills are solid up front, so they should be able to slow down this San Francisco rushing attack. I like the Bills by three in this one.