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The NFC West went 1-2 in Week Six of the NFL regular season. The Cardinals pulled off an upset against the favored New York Giants, but Week Seven was particularly devastating for anyone outside of Arizona not named Alex Smith or Vernon Davis. The Rams were destroyed, as usual, while San Francisco fell short in a comeback attempt against Houston.
Here are the results and honors from Week Six.
Week Seven Individual Standings (13 Games)
Scotty 11, Chris 10, Andrew 9, Dray 9, Rob 9, Seth 9, Ron 8, Steven 7
Week Seven Team Standings
Seattle 20, San Francisco 18, Arizona 17, St. Louis 17
Season Individual Standings
Rob 80, Andrew 79, Scotty 75, Seth 74, Chris 73, Dray 73, Ron 69, Steven 69
Season Team Standings
Seattle 155, San Francisco 152, St. Louis 143, Arizona 142
Monday Night Football Team Tiebreaker
San Francisco 14, Seattle 14, St. Louis 14, Arizona 13
Pick of the Week—Chris (Arizona over NY Giants)
I'm not sure how everyone missed the boat on this one. Arizona looked outstanding while ripping the Seahawks last week, and yet earned no respect against a team who was dismantled by New Orleans in that same week.
Chris sounded off the homer alarm, but this pick came through strong for him, and was the only underdog choice to hit with only one person selecting it (Ron and Scotty hit Dallas, but Chris was the only solo Underdog Winner).
Excellent pick, Chris.
I know Mark Sanchez looked bad, and I know Oakland actually won a game, but come on...we are talking about a team that started 3-0 on one side and the Fighting JaMarcus Russells on the other.
Don't forget that in this week's "Picks" piece I wrote the following: "I'm not saying JaMarcus Russell will personally dig these contestants' graves, but..."
Sorry boys, JaMarcus got out the shovel and did some work.
Hot Streak—Rob and Scotty (The Seattle FCs)
Rob and Scotty have been on a tear over the past three weeks. In that span, the two have notched 62 points, which is seven points greater than their nearest competition.
Had it not been for an atrocious Week One, which pitted the Seahawks FCs with a seven-point deficit, they could be out in front by a long shot.
Past Week One, the Seattle Seahawks combined score has finished no worse than second, including a first place finish in three of the last four weeks.
Struck Out Swinging—Arizona and St. Louis FCs
For the second straight week, the combined scores of Arizona and St. Louis resulted in a tie. Unfortunately for all four men involved, the two teams have tied for last place over the past two weeks.
There is a potential rift growing in the standings board, in which Seattle and San Francisco are pulling away up top (with 155 and 152, respectively), while Arizona and St. Louis have double-digit deficits to overcome.
What Might Have Been—Had Chester Taylor held on to the damn rock
If Chester Taylor doesn't initiate a textbook tip drill in Pittsburgh territory, the Vikings at least tie that game. With the way Minnesota was marching down the field, it could have been more than a tie...
If Minnesota wins that game, Rob, Scotty, and Ron each gain a point, while the remaining five contestants lose a point. What would that do to the standings? A Seattle romp would have been the result.
Seattle FCs would have finished with a combined 22 points, while second place would have been five points behind at 17... Yikes. To date the largest margin of victory is a three-point lead (Seattle - Week Five). This could have blown that away...
Good week, guys.
That's it for Week Seven. Chip in on what you think.