Around the NFC West: Chasing the 49ers
December, 6, 2012
By Mike Sando | ESPN.com
Seattle, at 7-5, is two games better than it stood entering Week 14 last season. St. Louis has improved from 2-10 last season to 5-6-1 this season, overtaking Arizona for third place.
San Francisco, 10-2 at this point last season, has slipped to 8-3-1. Arizona was 5-7 and surging entering Week 14 last season. The Cardinals are now 4-8 and riding an eight-game losing streak.
This season hasn't carried all that many surprises beyond Russell Wilson's quick rise to the top of Seattle's quarterback depth chart over free-agent addition Matt Flynn.
We figured the 49ers would be good and probably win the West even though their record would almost surely suffer. We figured improved quarterback play would help Seattle and probably give the Seahawks an edge over Arizona. Finally, with Jeff Fisher taking over in St. Louis, we knew fourth place was not a given for the Rams.
It's going to be tough for another NFC West team to overtake the 49ers for the NFC West lead this season. Even if the 49ers dropped road games to New England and Seattle, which would not be a stretch, the Seahawks might still have to win all their remaining games to finish 11-5 and win the West. The 49ers would be 10-5-1 under that scenario.