Notes from the Nest: Seahawks survive LA’s JV squad in Week 13

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Incredible opportunity for the Seahawks, you say?

That is right folks. Despite what you are seeing from Philadelphia, Minnesota, and Dallas, the San Francisco 49ers have separated themselves in terms of being the best bet to win the NFC. The 49ers boast the best defense in the NFL, and their offense is filled with superstars. Jimmy Garoppolo had been having one of the best seasons of his career and they seemed on their way to another shot at the Super Bowl. That vision was put into question on Sunday, when Garoppolo had a major foot injury against the Miami Dolphins, likely ending his season, although there is a small chance he could be back late in the playoffs.

The game could have gotten away from the 49ers, but 7th-round pick Brock Purdy stepped in and played really well as San Francisco pulled away late to beat the Dolphins 33-17. Purdy finished the game 25-37 for 210 yards with 2 touchdowns and an interception. The vibes around those in the NFL and those that talk about the Seahawks say the division is still over. Are we sure?

The win was impressive and Purdy looked decent, but how will he look over the next four weeks of the season? San Francisco will host the Buccaneers, Commanders, and travel to Seattle and Las Vegas. That is a lot of talent, legacy, and hot teams. With a full week to prepare, how will these teams react and game plan against Purdy? What if Purdy can’t play? Is it unreasonable for the Seahawks to finish the season 4-1 while the 49ers go 2-3? These are legitimate questions that need to be asked.

A week ago, I declared the NFC West race dead. The Cardinals are looking close to firing their entire regime. This version of the Rams is without question the worst and the most beat-down version we’ve ever seen in the Sean McVay era. Seattle lost to what appeared to be a bad Raiders team while Jimmy G was on a mission to get back to the Super Bowl. Now, there is a chance the NFC West title, and a potential playoff run, are both on the table.