October 4, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams tight end Lance Kendricks (88) catches a 14 yard touchdown pass against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Photo by Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE
The St. Louis Rams are sitting at 3-2 which is good enough for third place in the NFC West, which happens to be the only division in the NFL that has all teams over .500 at this point in the season. The Rams are also currently undefeated within the division which could set them up nicely in tiebreaker situations if their upward trend continues throughout the season. The Seattle Seahawks have also found themselves at 3-2 following their win against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday but are anchoring the division with both their losses having come at the hands of division opponents. So what are the Seahawks fans talking about following their first road win of the season?
Russell Wilson. No surprise that Seahawks fans are talking about Wilson. Any quarterback is going to be the focus of fan discussions but a rookie quarterback who had struggled through his first four games was certain to be the primary focus for anyone who was watching the game. This was the first game that Wilson managed to throw for over 200 yards in his young career. Against the Panthers Wilson went 19/25 for 221 yards 1TD and 2INT’s, which while not impressive it was enough to get the win behind a solid defensive effort. Wilson did play well enough this weekend to quite the Matt Flynn discussions if only for another week.
Defense. Seahawks fans will probably try to convince you that they have the best defense in the league, and statistically speaking they make a strong case for being in the conversation. However the Seahawks really don’t even have the best defense in the division, that honor still goes to the San Fransisco 49ers who have a better 3rd down defense and also allow fewer points per game (the 49ers and Seahawks are 1-2 in the league in points allowed). Of course the division also features two other impressive defenses which is a huge factor in the NFC West’s resurgence.
The Seahawks will return to Seattle to host Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. The Patriots are riding a two game winning streak and can boast having the number one offense in yards and points per game. The Patriots are also converting 47.1 percent of their third downs, which has been a weakness for the Seahawks defense this season. After watching what the Patriots managed to do against the Denver Broncos, who have an above average defense and a future hall of fame quarterback, Seahawks fans have to be preparing for being 3-3 when they travel to San Fransisco in week 7. This weekend begins a very difficult and critical stretch for the Seahawks and their playoff hopes, if they could pull off an upset against New England or San Fransisco they may be able to develop some momentum and enter the bye week above .500. If they aren’t able to spring an upset their playoff hopes would be all but gone, Go Rams!!