Rams take over first place in NFC West thanks to surprise help from Redskins

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Thanks to some help from the Washington Redskins, the Los Angeles Rams have a full-game lead over the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West standings.

After enjoying a week off, Los Angeles Rams fans would be lying if they didn’t admit there were some concerns over the team looking rusty against the New York Giants, especially since the game was taking place all the way on the east coast. But after the Rams came through with a dominating 51-17 performance, any concerns were quickly thrown out the window, as Sean McVay‘s squad continues to build a strong case when it comes to being one of the teams to beat in the NFC.

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However, Los Angeles realized they still had plenty of work cut out for them after their big win over New York due to the Seattle Seahawks currently holding the tiebreaker for first place in the division thanks to Pete Carroll’s squad winning the first of two meetings this year back in Week 5. But thanks to a lovely surprise from the afternoon games involving the Seahawks losing at home to the Washington Redskins, the Rams are back where they belong when it comes to being in first place in the NFC West, meaning the division is theirs to lose moving forward.

All things considered, Seattle seemed to have the odds working in their favor against Washington when looking at how successful this team has been at home over the years. Not to mention, the Redskins had been dealing with numerous key injuries on both sides of the football while coming off back-to-back tough losses to the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys.

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So to see Washington march into Seattle and escape with a huge 17-14 win on the road thanks to a strong performance by the defense along with Kirk Cousins rallying the offense in the final minutes was simply amazing from the perspective of Los Angeles. The Rams were already motivated before to take back the division from their rivals in the Seahawks, but thanks to the Redskins, that motivation will hopefully hit a whole new level moving forward, as this team will look to take advantage of this unexpected situation of being back in first place, starting next weekend against the Houston Texans.