My weekly NFC West conversation on 101ESPN St. Louis carried on Tuesday (audio here). We discussed teams in the division, as usual, and I challenged at least one lingering perception from Week 5: whether the Seattle Seahawks were fortunate to beat the New York Giants. They were fortunate in a way, but they also dominated that game early, producing a first quarter featuring two touchdown drives and another drive to the Giants' 13-yard line, this one ending with a lost fumble. My thoughts, as shared on 101ESPN St. Louis:
"You mentioned the Giants gave it away. The Seahawks lost two fumbles inside the 13-yard line and should have been up by 20. They went in there and dominated the Giants. The second half against Atlanta the week before, they came back from 27-7 down and lost by two. San Francisco and Seattle have combined for 110 points [on offense] since halftime of Week 4. That definitely puts on notice the other teams in the division. It's going to be hard for Arizona and especially the Rams to catch up."
I base that last part more on how the Cardinals and Rams are playing than on differences in the standings. Arizona is one game behind Seattle and two behind the 49ers with 11 games to play. The Cardinals still have a home game against Seattle and two games against the 49ers.
While the 49ers and Seahawks are the only NFC West teams showing improvement lately, the division race is only beginning. The Rams don't even play a division game until Week 9.
So, relax Sando, just relax.