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Friday, November 2, 2012
Sando's best guesses: Week 9 predictions

By Mike Sando

Don't tell this to those still trumpeting the NFC West-is-improved narrative, but teams from this division have gone 1-7 against non-division opponents over the past three weeks.

The bleeding figures to continue in Week 9 as the Arizona Cardinals take a four-game losing streak into Green Bay. The Seattle Seahawks face much better odds against the Minnesota Vikings at CenturyLink Field later in the day.

The 49ers and Rams are off this week after going 0-3 outside the NFC West over the past three weeks (0-1 49ers, 0-2 Rams).

Overall, the division has posted a 1-3 record in each of the past three weeks. This was fairly predictable given the opposition and the injury situations in Arizona and St. Louis. I've gone 6-0 on predictions over the past two weeks and 19-8 for the season. Let's see if we can up that to 21-8 through Week 9:
NFC West teams have reached the 2012 season's midpoint with a 17-15 combined record.

That includes 12-10 outside the division.

San Francisco, Seattle and Arizona are a combined 11-5 outside the NFC West. St. Louis has gone 1-5 outside the division.

Note: We've also got the "You called it" competition going, plus the Pigskin Pick'em group.