NFC West is a two-team race
I think it is safe to say that the Seattle Seahawks have ended the Arizona Cardinals season. At 3-6, there might not be a more depressing franchise to look at in football. Terrible contracts all around that team and management have ruined a potentially great thing, and I think it’s more than likely Kliff Kingsbury doesn’t last to Christmas.
A DeAndre Hopkins trade seems inevitable while you have to wonder if Arizona blew their best chance at ever winning with Kyler Murray. If the Cardinals look depressing, the Rams look like they just found out they sold their souls and are about to pay the consequences for their actions.
The brilliant Sean McVay offense is currently the fourth-worst scoring offense in football (Seattle is fourth-best). The offensive line is probably the worst in the league, and when Matthew Stafford does have time to throw, he looks like he lost the same amount of juice as Russell Wilson has. Cooper Kupp is an all-timer, but he can only do so much by himself.
Their defense is good, but no longer great enough to carry a team for a season. This was evident in the last-second touchdown drive that cost LA a win they thought they had, and so desperately needed in Tampa Bay. The Rams may find a way to turn it around enough to stay in the wildcard hunt, but I think it is much more likely they’re punting on the 2022 season.
With 8 games left to play, it certainly appears that Seattle will be in a battle to the very end with San Francisco for the division crown.