As we approach Thanksgiving, many believe this is when the real NFL season begins. The pretenders have realized the harsh reality they are just not ready to compete at a high level. The contenders enter a stretch of the season where they look to claim their division title with the hopes of getting home-field advantage throughout the entirety of the playoffs. As for the Seattle Seahawks, they are on track to compete with the latter.
Entering Week 11, both Seattle and San Francisco sit at 6-3. Regardless of what happens in this weekend's matchups for the respective teams, their Thanksgiving showdown will determine the leader of the NFC West for the time being. With that said, both teams will look to stay on par for the potential 1 seed in the NFC by winning again this weekend.
For San Francisco, they hope to piece together another dominant performance against the Buccaneers while the Seahawks look to avenge their Week 1 loss against the Rams.
Week 11 NFC West standings: Everything is still in front of the Seattle Seahawks
It is safe to say the 49ers quieted the noise after going on the road in Week 10 and completely dominating the Jaguars. The bye week came at the right time for this team as it helped them get healthy. With Trent Williams and Deebo Samuel back in the offensive lineup, we saw a much more comfortable Brock Purdy. The horrifying sight for the rest of the NFC was Nick Bosa and Chase Young harassing Trevor Lawerence. Back at home this weekend against a reeling Buccaneers team, I expect another impressive outing from the 49ers.
In Week 10 against the Washington Commanders, this Seattle Seahawks offense showed flashes of its potential. While it was just flashes, the scoring drives did come together at the right time as it helped them win to stay on track with San Francisco. This Sunday, Seattle looks to win on the road in Los Angeles in an attempt to right the wrong from their Week 1 defeat suffered by the Rams. Despite the sloppy play of the Rams over the last month, they cannot be counted out. More importantly, the Seahawks cannot overlook them as they did in Week 1.
Losers of three straight, the Los Angeles Rams are hoping the bye week helped spark new life into this team. The good news is, it appears that QB Matthew Stafford is on track to play Sunday. The bad news, WR Cooper Kupp hasn't quite gotten fully accumulated in this offense. His lack of production spells disaster as this Seattle secondary hasn't allowed 100+ receiving yards to a wide receiver since Week 3. If Los Angeles cannot establish its run game, they might be in store for another big loss.
In his long-anticipated return, Kyler Murray helped his team earn their second victory on the season, matching the win total I had predicted for them back in August. To be honest, I thought Arizona would tank and prolong the return of Murray. He looked pretty good all things considered in the Week 10 victory over the Falcons. Ironically, one of the wins I had given the Cardinals was over the Texans, their opponent this Sunday. Despite the surprising start from Houston, I am going to stick with my guns and pick a Cardinals upset.