The NFC West division is all knotted up at one win and one loss a piece. Now lets dive in and take a look at each team and where they stand this week.
Arizona Cardinals @ Buffalo Bills
Arizona Last Game: Arizona blew out Tampa Bay 40-7
Buffalo Last Game: Buffalo lost 37-31 to the Jets
The Cardinals need to take care of business in Buffalo this Sunday. While the entire division is tied at 1-1 it should be known that one of these teams is guaranteed to be 2-1 at the end of week 3 and it’s because of the division rival tilt between the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers. The Cardinals were firing on all cylinders last Sunday versus the Buccaneers. They managed to pick off second-year standout QB Jameis Winston four times and QB Carson Palmer maanged to throw three touchdowns in a route of the Bucs.
Cardinals next game will be against the Los Angeles Rams and if they fail to take care of business in Buffalo. It could be tough sledding for the Cardinals having to play the Rams, 49ers on the road, Jets, Seahawks and Panthers on the road respectively. Make no mistake the preseason NFC West division favorites are going to be battle tested early on and will need to win the majority of those games to win the division.
Los Angeles Rams @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Los Angeles Last Game: Held on for a 9-3 win over Seattle
Tampa Bay Last Game: Blown out by Arizona 40-7
Here’s a chance for the Rams to get back on track, they lost a debacle of a game on Monday Night Football versus the 49ers 28-0 but came back at home and beat the Seahawks 9-3. It’s time for the Jeff Fisher led Rams to finally make their push. This by all intensive purposes is a trap game. We have seen it before when the Rams get really overconfident after a big win against the Seahawks or a big named team and completely lay an egg versus a worse team.
The Rams have won four-straight meetings with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They put a beating on QB Jameis Winston on Thursday Night Football last year in what would be the final regular season game ever played at the Edward Jones Dome. Now they each come into this game 1-1 and having both been blown out at some point this year. The Rams can’t get over confident and blow this because they have a tough game versus the Arizona Cardinals in Arizona after this contest. This game wouldn’t completely show us that Fisher has turned it around but, it would be a good sign to get to 2-1 since that is something Fisher hasn’t done with the Rams.
San Francisco 49ers @ Seattle Seahawks
San Fransisco Last Game: Lost to Carolina 46-27
Seattle Last Game: Lost a close game to Los Angeles 9-3
This game could tell us a lot or literally nothing at all but, one thing is for certain we have no idea what to think about these two teams. Seattle opened their season at home having to claw their way to a 12-10 victory over a team they were seriously favored against in the Miami Dolphins. The 49ers on the other hand started off their season at home trouncing the Rams 28-0. With 7:51 left in the game on Sunday the 49ers were only down 34-27. In Carolina the 49ers came back and almost made the Panthers 0-2 to start their season coming off a Super Bowl loss. The Seahawks lost a contest in which the Rams held them to three points on the day.
Last year this would have been a no-brainer of a pick for the Seahawks but this year we don’t have any idea who these teams are and how good they can be. If QB Russell Wilson is any bit as hurt as he was versus the Rams this fierce 49er defensive front could be enough to keep this game close enough to sneak out of Seattle 2-1.