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2017 NFC West Round-Up: Week 1

Don’t look now, but the Rams are alone at the top of the standings for now.

NFL: Indianapolis Colts at Los Angeles Rams Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

If the season ended today, the Los Angeles Rams would be the winner of the NFC West. Unfortunately for the Rams, the season is just beginning with 15 more opportunities for success or failure.

Los Angeles Rams

The Rams won against the shorthanded Indianapolis Colts. While many were expecting a victory, the Rams came through scoring in a myriad of ways (two pick-six interceptions, rushing touchdown, passing touchdown, safety). The defense also obviously clamped down very hard on the Colts, essentially deflating Pagano’s squad from the get-go.

In fact, the Rams were so dominant, Coach Pagano mistakenly forgot who they played.

Up next for the Rams are the Washington Redskins, which will be an interesting matchup as Coach Sean McVay came from the Washington franchise after developing Kirk Cousins.

Arizona Cardinals

Arizona suffered a surprising loss to the Detroit Lions. While the Cardinals started strong in the game, Detroit rallied behind Matthew Stafford (4 TD’s) and Golden Tate (100+ yards). The biggest blow however wasn’t the game. David Johnson left with a wrist injury and is expected to miss significant time.

Arizona will look to get on track against the Andrew Luck-less Colts in Week 2. Carson Palmer must improve from his three interception game and give Coach Bruce Arians a chance.

San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers definitely battled hard against the Carolina Panthers but couldn’t muster enough offense to give themselves a real chance. While the defense impressed holding Cam Newton and company to less than 300 yards of offense, the 49ers could only muster 217 yards for themselves. Sadly, the injury bug also bit San Francisco as well.

Next week, the 49ers will travel to Seattle in a likely defensive battle.

Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks actually kept their game with the Green Bay Packers very close until a long touchdown connection between Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson dampened the mood. Much was made of the Seahawks weakness along their offensive line and the problem was even more exposed with George Fant’s season ending injury.

The Packers defense applied significant pressure and had a big impact on Russell Wilson and the run game. While it is still a very limited sample size, the Seahawks will have to do something about their OL if they want to be true contenders.

As mentioned above, the Seahawks host the 49ers which may give their offense a much needed boost.