Rams and Seahawks clearly best of the West

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 01: Head coach Sean McVay of the Los Angeles Rams talks with Jared Goff
ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 01: Head coach Sean McVay of the Los Angeles Rams talks with Jared Goff /

Make no bones about it, the Los Angeles Rams and the Seattle Seahawks are the class of the NFC West. On Sunday, we’ll find out which team is the best in the division.

Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay found an offense in the ruins of a 4-12 team. He found a startling quarterback, a rookie wide receiver in phenom Cooper Kupp, rediscovered Todd Gurley, and has his best player on defense back after a preseason holdout.

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Ok, the defense hasn’t been terribly impressive until yesterday, but after halftime adjustments by defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, the Rams looked about as complete of an NFL team as you’re going to find.

On offense, defense, and special teams, Los Angeles is clicking, and with the Seattle Seahawks up next at the Coliseum, it’s not hard to imagine a better scenario heading into that game. But heading into that divisional matchup, it’s a no brained that the winner on Sunday is not just the leader of the NFC West, but has an opportunity to begin creating separation early in the 2017 season.

So, what’s the difference with this 3-1 start and this 3-1 start?

Lots, actually.

But make no mistake, the Rams have coaching that matches its personnel, and personnel that is benefiting from better coaches.

Very quickly, and somewhat unnoticed, LA has crept up on Seattle. The Seahawks are no longer a lock. The 49ers and the Cardinals will fight it out for the lower half of the division.

Simple as that.

The Rams beating the Dallas Cowboys on the road dots the ‘i’ and crosses the ‘t’ on a team that had remarkably low expectations entering the 2017 season. Who knew what they’d get from a rookie head coach or from Jared Goff.


If Los Angeles doesn’t have the attention of the Seahawks yet, shame on them. The Rams aren’t a fluke. Goff can play, Gurley is back, and McVay can coach.

Seattle is good.

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So are the Rams.

Like I said, it’s as simple as that out west.