The Los Angeles Rams failed to receive some surprise help from the Arizona Cardinals in Week 9 when their rivals faced the San Francisco 49ers.
Even though the Los Angeles Rams knew the San Francisco 49ers would most likely win on Thursday night against the Arizona Cardinals, Kyler Murray and company deserve some credit for making things more interesting than expected.
When looking at how the two teams compared on paper, it was easy to understand why the 49ers were strong favorites in this one, but the fact that Arizona only lost 28-25 shows how close this battle was between these two NFC West rivals.
Between the Cardinals starting off hot with an early touchdown in the first quarter to Arizona rallying in the fourth quarter by scoring 11 unanswered points, the 49ers realize this could have easily gone the other way.
But instead, San Francisco will now head into Week 10 with an impressive 8-0 record, and put even more pressure on the Rams once they return from their bye week when it comes to keeping things close in the NFC West race.
Since Los Angeles is already at a disadvantage for losing their first game to San Francisco this season, the Rams are going to need some help over these next two months from other teams facing the 49ers while defeating other teams as well.
With the Rams currently enjoying their bye week with a 5-3 record, the chances of them catching up to the 49ers in the division seems like an absolute long shot at this point, but it’s not going to prevent them from at least trying.
After previously earning the rights to being considered the early favorites to finish on top of the division for a third year in a row, Los Angeles has taken a backseat to San Francisco in the NFC West over the last two months.
While a win by the Cardinals on Thursday certainly would have been a major help for the Rams in the division race, it looks like the team will just have to hope for some help during these next two months.
Otherwise, Los Angeles will find themselves competing for a Wild Card spot with numerous other teams, which will unfortunately be easier said than done since the competition already seems high in the NFC.