NFC West Race Grows Tighter
By Scott Allen
Well, another interesting Sunday in the NFC West. One team won, one lost. With the victory by the St. Louis Rams and the loss at home by the Seattle Seahawks, both are now 5-6. If the Arizona Cardinals defeat rival San Francisco 49'ers tomorrow night, they would be 4-7, one game behind with five left to play.
As I expected, the Seahawks pretty much laid another egg against tougher competition. That has seemed to be the identity of most NFC West teams this season. The Kansas City Chiefs had their way with the Hawks, winning 42-24. Only the Seahawks special teams kept them in the game in the first half, thanks to a blocked field goal and a blocked punt returned for a touchdown.
As for the St. Louis Rams, they got their first road win of the season against the Denver Broncos 36-33 in a wild one. St. Louis led 36-20 late, but gave up a couple of touchdowns before allowing Denver to get back in late. The Rams come to Arizona next week.
Now, for the Cards and Niners, tomorrow night becomes huge. Winner is one game behind. Loser might as well be making plans for next season, especially since the Hawks have swept the Cards and have defeated the Niners in the only game they've played each other in so far. Cards currently hold the tie-breaker over the Rams, defeating them in week one. Who knew how big that win would look now?
So, it comes down to the last six games. The next three at home for the Cards. The Rams have a chance to come to Arizona and win for the first time since 2006. It should be a fun last several weeks in the wild NFC West.