The Seattle Seahawks started off the month of November atop the NFC West, winning 5 of their last 6 games. Since Week 9, the Seahawks have gone 1-4, dropped two spots in the NFC West, and are now on the outside looking in of the NFC playoff picture. While there is still over a month of football left, the margin of error is getting slimmer and slimmer for Seattle.
Their counterparts who sit above them are on the verge of pulling further and further ahead of the Seahawks. The San Francisco 49ers are winners of four straight and appear to be the best team in all of football. They have now put together 4-straight dominant performances, three of which have come against the Jaguars, Seahawks, and Eagles.
The Los Angeles Rams, riding a three-game win streak have superseded the Seahawks in both the NFC West and playoff seeding. While their schedule isn't doing them any favors down the stretch, they have positioned themselves to make a potential run at the playoffs. I think Sean McVay deserves a lot of credit for putting together a competitive team despite all the roster turnover this past off-season.
Week 14 NFC West standings: Seattle Seahawks season treading on thin ice
The San Francisco 49ers have a top-3 scoring defense and top-2 scoring offense. The three-game losing streak beginning in October has been long forgotten. San Francisco has proved once again throughout November, that when they are at full strength, they are a very difficult team to beat. The physicality, the weapons, and play-calling all have meshed towards dominant performances against very competitive teams. After beating the Eagles, the 49ers are now in play for the 1 seed in the NFC and will look to inch closer to that 1 seed by trying to complete the season sweep of the Seahawks.
Surprisingly, the Los Angeles Rams are winners of three straight and in the mix for a Wild Card spot. Despite the injury sustained by Matthew Stafford during the regular season, Los Angeles found a way to stay afloat. Rookie WR Puka Nacua eclipsed 1,000 yards last week in the win over the Browns. Rookie HB Kyren Williams has been sensational for this offense. With the season sweep of the Seahawks, they now move up to the second spot in the NFC West. Unfortunately for them, they head to Baltimore this Sunday to take on a Ravens team that has dominated NFC opponents, especially at home.
I think everyone outside of Seattle expected the Seahawks to get bullied around by the Cowboys on Thursday Night Football. But, this team came out of the gates ready for a fight. Ultimately falling short by self-inflicted wounds, I would expect nothing less from them this Sunday. Just two weeks ago, the Seahawks got embarrassed on national television on Thanksgiving night against the 49ers. It is the fourth straight time that has happened and my guess is, with the season pretty much on the line, the Seahawks are going to play with a high sense of urgency, one a desperate team should have at this point in the season.
Coming off an impressive road win in Pittsburgh this past Sunday, the Arizona Cardinals head into their bye week with a burst of confidence. While they know they are not in contention for a Wild Card spot, the Cardinals' last 3 of 4 games can be considered measuring sticks, facing the 49ers, Eagles, and Seahawks. Those games will serve as an opportunity to see how well they size up with other teams in their own conference. The return of Kyler Murray has paid dividends for this offense and he continually plays himself into the starting role for next season, probably hoping they land WR Marvin Harrison Jr. in the 2024 NFL Draft.