At this point in the week, the blowout loss the Seattle Seahawks suffered in Week 9 is behind them. While it is hard to ignore what transpired in Baltimore, the good news is, that everything the Seahawks want to accomplish is still in front of them. No, they no longer sit atop the NFC West. But, they are still tied with the San Fransisco 49ers, who have shown they are just as flawed as the Seahawks.
Both teams have had questions surrounding their quarterback play as of late. Fresh off the bye week, I expect the 49ers to play a clean game on Sunday. Getting the week off came at the right time as they were dealing with injuries to several key players. More importantly, it is hard not to trust Kyle Shanahan in getting this team right offensively. For Seattle, I expect Geno Smith to clean up the turnover bug that we have seen plague this offense over the last month.
Elsewhere in the NFC West, not much has changed. Although both teams made a move at quarterback this week, I do not think many are expecting those changes to be reflected on the scoreboard.
Week 10 NFC West standings: Seattle Seahawks once again take backseat to San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers look to right the ship on Sunday against a red-hot Jacksonville Jaguars team. I do think a 4th-straight loss for the 49ers is unlikely. Despite allowing less than 20 points per game, the Jaguars do have the 3rd worst passing defense, allowing nearly 264 air yards per game. That can spell disaster as the 49ers have one of the best play-callers and appear to be getting Deebo Samuel back. This is a good bounce-back spot for the 49ers, but of course, I wouldn't mind the slightest bit if they lost.
It's a rare sight to see a Pete Carroll-led Seahawks team get blown out. The good news is, they typically bounce back nicely. While they didn't get blown out in Week 1 against the Rams, it was humiliating to suffer a defeat in the manner they did. In Week 2, they bounced back on the road against one of the better teams in the NFC, the Detroit Lions. This Sunday at home against Washington, I expect another bounce-back win for the Seahawks. I think the offense will put points on the board, with a more clear decisive game plan.
Entering the bye week, the Rams are losers of three straight. To make matters worse, Matthew Stafford suffered an injury that is most likely going to keep him sidelined for weeks to come. In response to that injury, the Rams signed QB Carson Wentz. While I like the move, I do not think it will make this team any better than how they were playing with Stafford. It does, however, send a message to the locker room that they are looking to remain competitive. I just feel they simply have too many holes on this team to be competitive week in and week out.
Help is on the way to snap the Arizona Cardinal's 6-game losing skid. QB Kyler Murray makes his return to the field on Sunday as Arizona takes on the struggling Falcons. While I expect Murray to make a difference on offense, I just do not see it happening this Sunday. He has been in the midst of recovering a torn ACL and I anticipate some rust on the field Sunday. While I do feel it is a winnable game for them, I see their losing streak improving to seven.