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NFC WEST UPDATE: Week 2

I promised to keep you updated each week so here we go. The results are in after two weeks of NFL play and the current status is:

CURRENT

SOS

NFC WEST

W

L

T

PCT

HOME

ROAD

DIV

CONF

PF

PA

DIFF

STRK

11

Seattle

2

0

0

1

1-0-0

1-0-0

1-0-0

2-0-0

41

10

31

Won 2

4

St. Louis

1

1

0

0.5

1-0-0

0-1-0

1-0-0

1-1-0

51

55

-4

Lost 1

7

Arizona

1

1

0

0.5

1-0-0

0-1-0

0-1-0

1-1-0

49

48

1

Won 1

9

San Francisco

1

1

0

0.5

1-0-0

0-1-0

0-1-0

1-1-0

37

57

-20

Lost 1

SOS= Strength of Schedule which is used for all tie breakers.

The Seahawks are in first place based on their winning record so far. The Rams are holding down the number two spot thanks to our SOS breaking the ties with Arizona and San Francisco.

Let’s move on to this week’s picks of all our divisional rivals.

First up…Seattle hosts Jacksonville Jaguars at the home of the noisiest stadium in the league. Notice I didn’t say noisiest fans, just the stadium.

Last Sunday the Seahawks destroyed San Francisco 29-3 in a defensive slug fest. The good news for us is San Francisco learned that" Kaeper-Not" isn’t Joe Montana reincarnated! But on the other side of the coin Seattle might just be on their way to holding down the number one spot until we can beat them a couple of times later this season.

I don’t see any way that Jax can win in Seattle especially after losing to Oakland 19-9. Using team production stats from the first two weeks here is how they match up.

Win

RK

TEAM

YDS

YDS/G

PASS

Pass YDS/G

RUSH

Rusg YDS/G

PTS

PTS/G

1

Seattle

460

230

226

113

234

117

10

5

9

Jacksonville

632

316

285

142.5

347

173.5

47

23.5

Even though Jacksonville leads in every category, I just feel it’s almost impossible for them to knock of the Seahawks at home. It would be great if they did…but how many people think that will really happen?

Next up San Francisco 49ers host Indianapolis:

WIN

RK

TEAM

YDS

YDS/G

PASS

Pass YDS/G

RUSH

Rush YDS/G

PTS

PTS/G

13

San Francisco

675

337.5

440

220

235

117.5

57

28.5

23

Indianapolis

770

385

498

249

272

136

41

20.5

We already know what happened to SF last week at Seattle so let’s talk about how Indy managed to lose to the much improved Dolphins 24-20. The Phins defense prevented Luck from another one of his 4th quarter comebacks and this time Tannehill got the win instead of Luck. The Dolphins D made all the difference this time around.

After their terrible outing against Seattle last week I expect the 49ers will come loaded for bear and dismantle Luck and the Colts handing them another loss.

The stats favor the Colt’s in team production but of course that doesn’t prove a whole lot based on a two game sample size. San Fran wins this one no matter what Luck pulls out of his hat.

Next up: Arizona @ New Orleans

Last week Arizona beat the Detroit Lions 25-21. Palmer through a pass in the final minutes hoping to draw a pass-interference call, and did. It moved them 31 yards so that in two more plays Rashard Mendenhall scored on a one yard run with 1:59 left in the game. Jay Feely was responsible for 4 good field goals which tells a lot about Detroit’s defense.

New Orleans had a tuff day in Florida with the Bucs. Drew Brees was sacked four times and threw a pick 6. But he was good enough to get in field goal range as time ran out. Garrett Hartley made the 27 yard attempt and gave the Saints the win.

The two team’s production so far is:

WIN

RK

TEAM

YDS

YDS/G

PASS

Pass YDS/G

RUSH

Rush YDS/G

PTS

PTS/G

16

Arizona

688

344

572

286

116

58

48

24

11

New Orleans

640

320

392

196

248

124

31

15.5

I’m going to pick New Orleans on this one, mainly because the game is going to be played on their home turf. Arizona might be in it for the entire game but after NO beat Atlanta I just don’t see the Cards having enough umph to pull this out.

Last Game: Rams @ Dallas

Last week as you know we lost to Atlanta. That goes down as a game we should or could have won in my book. We saw that we can put points up on the board much better than we did last year. Sam hasn’t been sacked yet, and the new weapons work if the coaching will let them do their thing.

Dallas was handed a loss by the surprising KC Chiefs last week 17-16. With two turnovers the Chiefs only managed to come up with 3 points from the gift from the defense. The game was sloppy on both sides and KC was lucky to get the win. Dez Bryant on the other hand was hard to cover and that doesn’t sound good for the Ram’s (Let them have 10 yards) zone scheme.

WIN

RK

TEAM

YDS

YDS/G

PASS

Pass YDS/G

RUSH

Rush YDS/G

PTS

PTS/G

24

St. Louis

783

391.5

661

330.5

122

61

55

27.5

25

Dallas

791

395.5

627

313.5

164

82

48

24

The production stats are almost identical and I don’t like that at all. I can see us winning this game if we fix some of last week’s problems and the coaching turns Sam lose before we get too far behind. Of course I pick the Ram’s to squeak out a win in big D.

This week has no divisional games scheduled so the standings will remain the same: Next week is the big game…Rams vs. SF 49ers!

CURRENT

SOS

NFC WEST

W

L

T

11

Seattle

2

0

0

4

St. Louis

1

1

0

7

Arizona

1

1

0

9

San Francisco

1

1

0

Non-Divisional Picks:

Seattle wins and goes to 3-0

Rams win and go to 2-1

San Francisco wins and they will be 2-1

Arizona loss puts them at 1-2

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