Turnovers and offensive struggles ultimately hindered the Seattle Seahawks in Week 6. Luckily, the 49ers lost and as a result, not much changed in the NFC West.
As we approach the end of October, we will get a better sense of who is real and who is not. At the beginning of the season, everyone believes they are capable of winning the Super Bowl. But, as the weeks go by and losses start to pile up, certain organizations come to the harsh reality of who they are going to be for the remainder of the season - a team like the Arizona Cardinals.
Other seasons get derailed through injuries. Look at the San Francisco 49ers over the last couple of years. Then, there are the teams who take a little longer to figure it out. Typically, those are the teams with a lot of young players, like the Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams. When those teams have early success, it feels as if they are overachieving. But there is a chance that these teams are simply being overlooked. Time will certainly tell.
Week 7 NFC West standings: Nothing has changed for the Seattle Seahawks
For the first time as a starter, Brock Purdy looked human. On the road in Cleveland against one of the NFL's best defenses, Purdy mightily struggled in the rain without Christian McCaffrey and Deebo Samuel. Give credit to the Browns for making enough plays on both sides of the ball to win. But, let's be honest, the kryptonite of this 49ers team is health. However, health is going to be a major concern moving forward as there haven't been many updates on the injuries suffered in Week 6. Nonetheless, I expect them to bounce back on Monday Night Football against the Minnesota Vikings.
The Seattle Seahawks are in the midst of piecing everything together. Through their first five games, we've seen the typical rollercoaster ride that follows a young team. In their Week 6 defeat suffered in Cincinnati, Seattle failed to finish offensive drives. Geno Smith threw two interceptions and failed to convert on two fourth and goals in the last quarter. However, this defense seems to have improved significantly. They are a top 5 rushing defense, which will bode well when facing Arizona this weekend without James Connor. I expect a bounce-back game for Seattle.
Through the first six weeks, the Los Angeles Rams are .500. Quite an impressive feat for Sean McVay given the turnover of this roster. It seems it took just two games for Cooper Kupp to get back into regular form. The young talent on this team is making plays and the Rams coaching staff deserves credit for the good start to their season. This weekend, they welcome the Pittsburgh Steelers to town. A team that is in a similar phase to that of Los Angeles. However, I think Pittsburgh's pass rush will be too much for the Rams' offensive line to overcome.
The Arizona Cardinals hung tooth and nail throughout the first half of their Week 6 matchup. But, in the second half, they were overpowered and the Rams did a good job of exploiting a weak secondary. I expect the same to be true of Arizona's Week 7 matchup against Seattle. The loss of James Connor has added an extra layer of pressure on Josh Dobbs, who just doesn't have enough adequate weapons or protection to overcome. He has turned the ball over in each of his last two games, which could spell disaster going up against an angry Seahawks team looking to bounce back.