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2015 NFL Week 5: NFC West Roundup

Take a quick tour around the NFC West. Every week we will recap each teams activity, as well as major storylines and what is next.

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The NFC West went 2-2 again in Week 4, with both the Rams and Seattle Seahawks collecting victories. The Rams took down the previously unbeaten Arizona Cardinals on the road, while the Seahawks batted victory from the jaws of defeat against the winless Detroit Lions. The San Francisco 49ers lost to the Green Bay Packers in another poor outing for Colin Kaepernick. Let's take a spin around the division to get ready for Week 5.

Arizona Cardinals

Last Week: Last week the Cardinals hosted the Rams hoping to stay perfect on the season. Instead the Rams forced three turnovers and escaped with a 24-22 victory.

Major Storylines: The Cardinals took to various forms of media to talk trash about the team that just came into their house and beat them. The head coach and the Honeybadger each placed their foots squarely into their mouths, humility is not something the desert birds seem to be familiar with.

Up Next: The Cardinals will hit the road to take on the Lions. The Lions have yet to win a game, even though they came close on Monday Night Football against the Seahawks.

San Francisco 49ers

Last Week: The 49ers' offense was atrocious in their 17-3 Week 4 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Their defense did manage to limit the Packers' high powered offense to just 17 points.

Major Storylines: The big story in the 49ers camp is the play of starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick has thrown just two touchdowns versus five interceptions so far in 2015. The regression of Kaepernick as a pocket passer is bad enough for Niner faithful, but he has also seemingly abandoned the running which made him so dangerous early in his career.

Up Next: The 49ers will be on the road to take on the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football. Currently sitting at 1-3, the 49ers could really use a win to stay relevant in the division race.

Seattle Seahawks

Last Week: The Seahawks managed to escape on Monday Night Football with a 13-10 victory over with Lions.

Major Storylines: The biggest storyline is the illegal batting rule, which no one in the entire country seemed to fully understand prior to the MNF game. The other big storyline is the absence of Marshawn Lynch, which is likely to extend into Week 5.

Up Next: The Seahawks hit the road to take on the unbeaten Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals fierce defense and balanced offense should give the Seahawks problems on the road.

St. Louis Rams

Last Week: The Rams went on the road and upset the previously undefeated Cardinals to remain undeated in division games.

Major Storylines: Plenty of big storylines emerged from the Rams stunning Week 4 upset. The emergence of Todd Gurley as he helped the Rams run out the clock, or Tavon Austin being used as a true offensive weapon. The biggest story may well be the injury suffered by Alec Ogletree, potentially landing him on IR. The Rams have yet to decide his long term fate, but don't expect to see 52 on the sidelines over the next 8-10 weeks.

Up Next: The Rams travel to Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers. Another tall order for a young Rams team, as the undefeated Packers are lead by reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers.

Let's take a look at the current NFC West standings after the first quarter of the 2015 season.

NFC West Standings

Overall Record

Division Record

Division Rank





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St. Louis




As you can see the Cardinals are still leading the pack, with the Rams in good position thanks to their 2-0 division record. It is still early in the season but with the Seahawks currently looking like a shell of their former selves it could be a good year for the Rams to compete for the division title.

Thanks for reading and as always, Go Rams!!!