As the NFL season rolls into Week 6, one can be vulnerable to imagine the NFC West is a tightly contested department. Judging through the 4 groups’ data, who may just argue that? Wins are difficult to come through on this league, however now not all are created equivalent.
NFC West level differentials:
49ers: + 47
Rams: – 36
Cardinals: – 18
Seahawks: – 27
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San Francisco 49ers: 3-2, @ Atlanta, vs. Kansas City, @ Rams
Two immediately victories have modified the temper across the 49ers, however as same old, damage issues have led the dialog this week. Nick Bosa, Jimmie Ward, and Robbie Gould all suffered accidents within the win over Carolina. Emmanuel Moseley misplaced his season to a torn ACL. Bosa’s damage doesn’t sound as critical because the others, however a groin damage can linger. This week is a great probability for Bosa to heal up for the Kansas City showdown in two weeks.
The excellent information is Trent Williams, and Jason Verrett are shut to returning to motion. Verrett’s go back is within the nick of time, with Moseley sidelined for the season. The intensity of this roster is astounding, taking into account Verrett is the primary possibility off the bench at cornerback. Ideally, you don’t need to check the intensity this early, however all of the similar, it’s spectacular.
Los Angeles Rams: 2-3, vs. Panthers, Bye Week, vs. 49ers
Let’s face it. The Rams have problems on either side of the ball. The offensive line has suffered damage after damage. They lack a vertical danger on offense. The operating again rotation nonetheless isn’t settled. Tyler Higbee is 2d in goals at the group. Allen Robinson is, um, nonetheless getting acclimated? Oh, and Matthew Stafford is banged up and now not his same old self.
Nothing will get your group again not off course like a matchup with the Carolina Panthers. That is, the coachless PJ Walker led Carolina Panthers. Fully be expecting the Rams to get again within the win column and head into the bye at 3-3. The Rams have their flaws, however that doesn’t imply this would be the similar group down the stretch. Perhaps, OBJ returns. Van Jefferson can a minimum of threaten defenses downfield, which might open up the passing assault.
The Rams have some issues to work out.
Arizona Cardinals: 2-3, @ Seattle, vs. New Orleans, @ Minnesota:
The Cardinals have discovered alternative ways to lose video games this season. A blocked box objective is how the Eagles persevered their undefeated opening to the season. The offense is taking part in best of past due, however there turns out to be one thing lacking with this group.
Seattle items a problem to this Cardinals group. Divisional video games are generally tightly contested. The Saints can have their beginning QB and WRs again in two weeks. Minnesota has performed cast soccer in recent years. The Cardinals have to tread frivolously, or their season can resolve briefly.
Seattle Seahawks: 2-3, vs. Arizona, @ LA Chargers, vs. NY Giants
Geno Smith has been implausible via 5 weeks. Smith has finished 70 plus p.c of his throws, and he isn’t a checkdown charlie. His breakout season has been a laugh to watch. Funny sufficient, the one group to in reality grasp down this Seattle offense was once the 49ers. It’s actually the most productive offense they have got confronted.
The subsequent 3 weeks will let us know the place this group is headed. The factor turns into, will Smith assist Seattle win sufficient video games to keep them out of the operating for a most sensible QB within the NFL draft? Either way, excellent for Smith and his patience.