While the NFC West has proven that it is no longer in the gutter of the NFC, the records each team holds thus far have been somewhat deceiving.
San Francisco deserves to be 4-2. Its defense is one of the best in the league, and its offense has been unstoppable at times.
That was all good and true until this past weekend, when the New York Giants came to town and beat down senselessly on the 49ers, 26-3. The Niners have officially been exposed. The Giants offense unleashed its will both in the air and on the ground, and the 49ers offense showed its true colors.
Against the 23rd-ranked defense in the NFL, Alex Smith threw three interceptions, and the San Francisco rushing game ran for just 80 yards.
The Arizona Cardinals are going to be in big trouble following the rib injury to starting quarterback Kevin Kolb that will likely sideline him for the next few weeks.
After starting the season 4-0, the Cardinals have fallen victim to the Rams and Bills the past two weekends, and it doesn’t get any easier from here. In their next four games, Arizona will meet the Vikings, 49ers, Packers and undefeated Falcons, the four of which have combined for a 17-7 record.
The already 28th-ranked passing offense must now rely on unproven quarterback John Skelton to lead the way against some of the best teams in the NFL, and the lack of a running game won’t help him either.
On another note, does anyone really think the Rams are going to keep this up without their best offensive weapon, Danny Amendola? The Rams passing game was among the worst in the NFL even while Amendola was healthy.
I’ll admit, the Rams’ defense has been greatly improved, specifically with Cortland Finnegan now roaming the secondary, but their defense still isn’t good enough to win games. Without an offense that can put points on the board, the Rams will fall way out of the race in a blink of the eye.
The Seahawks are sure to pull away from the outclassed Rams and Cardinals in the next few weeks. The only real competition Seattle will face will be the 49ers. However, the Seahawks have an advantage in the running game and match up extremely well on defense against San Francisco.
In a close race that will come down to their Week 16 matchup in Seattle, the Seahawks will prevail as NFC West champions.