Updated NFC West Standings: Where Seahawks stand after Week 14
By Jake Luppino
Nothing changed for the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West after Week 14.
After Week 14, the Seattle Seahawks still remain in 2nd place in the daunting NFC West. The good news is with only three weeks left in the regular season, everything the Seahawks want is still in front of them. Specifically, one last showdown with the Los Angeles Rams, which will take place in Week 16.
This past weekend, all NFC West teams won except the 49ers. They lost a home game (in Arizona) to the Washington Football Team. A team that the Seahawks will be facing this weekend in Washington. The Rams will get their chance to demolish the Jets as the Seahawks did last week. The 49ers will look to bounce back against the Cowboys and the Cardinals will face Jalen Hurts and the Eagles.
Before we look ahead at another crucial week of games, let’s first recap Week 14.
Week 14 Recap:
Los Angeles Rams defeat New England Patriots, 24-3
The Rams and Patriots kicked off Week 14 on Thursday Night Football that saw the Rams defense post another dominant performance. This game was really never close. The Rams got the ball first and drove all the way down the field to score. Their defense was able to create turnovers and even find themselves in the end zone on a pick 6. But, that’s what we’ve come to expect from this Rams defense.
Biggest Takeaway: Rams were able to establish the run. Cam Akers had a monstrous game.
Arizona Cardinals defeat New York Giants, 26-7
After the Giants picked up a huge win on the road in Seattle, they came out flat at home against Arizona. It appeared that Daniel Jones wasn’t 100% as he wasn’t as mobile in the pocket. This was one of those games where the ball just doesn’t bounce your way. The Giants were able to force numerous fumbles but didn’t recover a single one.
Biggest Takeaway: Cardinals defensive line dominated in this one, sacking Jones 8 times.
Seattle Seahawks defeat New York Jets, 40-3
Well, this game was over before it even really started. The Jets scored on their opening possession, but failed to do so again for the remainder of this game. The Seattle offense pretty much did whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted. But, that was expected as the Jets are just horrendous. Adams was able to get some revenge on his former team as he made league history for most sacks (8.5) by a safety in a single season.
Biggest Takeaway: Jamal Adams was worth every single pick.
Washington Football Team defeat San Francisco 49ers, 23-15
This Washington front four is going to be special for some time. In this game, they were able to get to Mullens and force turnovers. Rookie Chase Young recorded his first defensive touchdown on a scoop and score, showing off his impressive speed. Unfortunately for Washington, QB Alex Smith went down with a leg injury in this one. But, they were able to get the win and move into sole possession of the NFC East.
Biggest Takeaway: Washington defense can propel them to the playoffs.
JLuppy’s Week 14 Picks — (1-3)
JLuppy’s Record — (23-16)
NFC West Standings
Week 15 Preview:
Seattle Seahawks (-5.5) @ Washington Football Team
This is going to be a gritty football game. Both defenses have been improving each and every single week. 12s should expect a low scoring game that features a lot of defense and field goals. But, I think the Seahawks win on the road. They are known to be good on the east coast and I just think Russell Wilson outlasts this Washington team.
The two key factors to keep in mind are as follows: (1) will Brandon Shell play? If he doesn’t, things may get tough. (2) Will Carlos Dunlap and Quinton Dunbar return? It seems so. I like the Seahawks by 6 in this one.
San Francisco 49ers (-3.5) @ Dallas Cowboys
The San Francisco 49ers will look to finish the season strong. Somehow, someway the Dallas Cowboys are still alive in the NFC East. This is a big game for Dallas as they look to keep their playoff hopes alive. I hate to be the grinch for 49ers fans (even though I really don’t), but, I have Dallas winning this one. It appears that 49ers HB Raheem Mostert re-injured his ankle this past weekend, and that is a big blow to their offense.
I just think Dallas has enough weapons to outlast this San Francisco team. It is also worth noting that Dallas has been playing better over the last month or so.
New York Jets @ Los Angeles Rams (-16.5)
The Jets are coming off a blowout loss to the Seahawks and will stay on the west coast to take on the Rams. I think I’ll take the points on Los Angeles. This one shouldn’t be close. This is going to be very similar to last week’s game where the Rams defense just dominants.
Offensively, they should be able to establish the run once again. For all fantasy owners in the playoffs this weekend, look for Cam Akers to post another big day. I know 16.5 points is a lot to cover, but remember, it’s the Jets. I like the Rams by at least 21 in this one.
Philadelphia Eagles @ Arizona Cardinals (-6.5)
This should be a fun game featuring two young, mobile quarterbacks in Jalen Hurts and Kyler Murray. Jalen Hurts was able to lead this Eagles team to a victory in his debut against the Saints. Who, I might add, were on a 9 game win streak. I really like Philadelphia in this one. They have one of the better front fours in this league and I think they will be able to disrupt Murray.
Although Arizona’s pass rush dominated last week, I see that slowing down this week. Miles Sanders had his best game of the season last week and it appears as if this Eagles team has been given new life with Hurts under the realm. I like the Eagles in this one.