Week 9 in the NFL was particularly kind to the St. Louis Rams, which is a bit odd considering that they spent Sunday on their couches watching their flat screen televisions. Thanks to embarrassing losses by the Seahawks and the Cardinals, the Rams now find themselves in first place in the NFC West at 4-4. Seattle was taken to the shed by the Giants to the tune of 41-7, and the Cardinals blew a late lead against the Vikings to drop to 3-5.
As far as the Seahawks go, they were absolutely pitiful. I had them pegged as the favorite in this division, mainly because they are so difficult to defeat at home. They weren’t tough to beat at home this week. I’m starting to think that they might not have enough depth to take this thing home.
In Arizona’s case, I still think they have the most talent in the division, but they don’t have it at the most important positions. Their quarterbacks are terrible, and their running game isn’t good enough to bail them out. Unless Derek Anderson or Max Hall really gets it going, they might not have enough to win this thing either.
So what about the Rams? I think everyone will be willing to admit that this team is still a year or two away from being real contenders, but this division is bad enough that they might be able to win it this season. If the Rams learn how to win close games, I really think it is possible they could get to eight wins. If you look at the schedule, games against the 49ers (twice), Broncos, Cardinals, and Seahawks are all extremely winnable. The Chiefs, Falcons, and Saints are also teams that can be beat, especially since the Falcons and Chiefs will be coming into our house. It’s impossible to predict what will happen, but can you see the Rams winning four or five of those games? I’m not saying it’s going to happen, but it’s possible. Vote on who you think will win the NFC West in the poll, and make your predictions for the rest of the season in the comments section.
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