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Week 4 NFC West Roundup: Taking Pulse of the Division at the Quarter Mark

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At the quarter mark of the 2016 NFL season, the NFC West has been turned on it's head. The Arizona Cardinals - who many pundits believed to be Super Bowl contenders - sit in last place while your Los Angeles Rams lead the pack with a 3-1 mark.

It hasn't been pretty for Rams fans, but in the end this isn't the NCAA and style points don't matter. The only fact that matters is that the Rams are off to their best start in a decade.

In addition to sitting atop the division, the Rams will enter the second quarter of the season as the healthiest team in the division with arguably the easiest schedule in the coming weeks.

Week Arizona Cardinals (1-3) Los Angeles Rams (3-1) San Francisco 49ers (1-3) Seattle Seahawks (3-1)
5 @ San Francisco vs Buffalo vs Arizona BYE
6 vs New York Jets @ Detroit @ Buffalo vs Atlanta
7 vs Seattle vs New York Giants (London) vs Tampa Bay @ Arizona
8 @ Carolina BYE vs New Orleans @ New Orleans

Looking forward, the next few weeks provide the Rams with an opportunity to not only have a 'coming out party', but to also build a cushion for what's shaping up to be a pretty brutal holiday season. If they can head into their bye at 5-2 (or better) with two weeks to prepare for the Carolina Panthers in week 9.... Rams fans may be heading to the voting booths very happy indeed.

But I'm getting slightly ahead of myself....

Needless to say, the next month is going to be extremely exciting for Rams fans.

Week 4 Results

Dallas Cowboys 24, San Francisco 49ers 17

Seattle Seahawks 27, New York Jets 17

Los Angeles Rams 17, Arizona Cardinals 13

Standings

2016 NFC West Standings - Week 4

Top Storylines

Cardinals Defense Continues to Struggle

Cardinals Bring Back Kerwynn Williams to Fill in for Chris Johnson (Groin)

Carson Palmer's Concussion Salt in the Wounds of 1-3 Cardinals

Rams WRs Spruce, Cooper Closer to Return but Not Quite 100% Yet

Both The Team and Rams Fans have to shift their focus and expectations following surprise 3-1 start.

The Brian Quick HYPE TRAIN is BACK!

Navorro Bowman Out for Season with Achilles Injury

49ers 1st Round Pick DeForest Buckner in Walking Boot after Loss to Cowboys

49ers to Get OLB Aaron Lynch Back from Suspension

Chip Kelly's Offense Stalling in San Fran

Some 49ers Want a QB Change but Carlos Hyde and NaVorro Bowman Work to Silence Rumors

Jimmy Graham has Returned to Form

Pete Carroll Defends his QB (Somewhere Mark Sanchez is very jealous)

C.J. Spiller Catches TD in Seahawks Debut

Week 5 Schedule

Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers (Thursday)

Buffalo Bills at Los Angeles Rams

Seattle (BYE)