Make no bones about it, the Seattle Seahawks are still king of the hill, at least for now. On a day where they were required to reassert themselves, they found a way to force five turnovers, and do just enough to hang on for a 16–10 win.
But there may be two words that best express their position in the NFC West:
Los Angeles played their worst game in 2017, and almost squeezed out a win.
So what does that all mean?
Los Angeles and Seattle will be the only two who will contend for an NFC West title, that is the best conventional wisdom fans can take to the bank today. The Rams showed that despite all, they can hang around long enough to make it interesting.
Seattle just doesn’t have that luxury. The Seahawks are closer to Los Angeles than an absolute stranglehold on the division.
After Week 5, Los Angeles played a bad game and lost. The Seahawks won’t be able to count on mistakes and turnovers once LA figures it out, and Seattle can be grateful the Rams haven’t figured out how to close the deal on a winnable game.
The clock is ticking on that one too!