The Los Angeles Rams had an impressive showing on Sunday, as they came back from a disappointing Week 8 loss, and a bye week in Week 9, to secure a strong Week 10 victory.
And it served a double purpose. With the win coming against the Seattle Seahawks — who entered the day atop the NFC West — the Rams not only improved their standing, but put a tick in the loss column of a divisional rival.
For a brief moment, it looked like the Rams would be alone atop the NFC West. The 23-16 win over Seattle put both teams at 6-3, with LA holding the tiebreaker by virtue of having won that matchup. And the Buffalo Bills were beating the Arizona Cardinals with just a few seconds left on the clock.
And then the Cardinals did the unthinkable, and won on a Hail Mary.
Kyler Murray had a sensational game for Arizona, going 22-for-32 for 245 yards and that touchdown, albeit with one interception. He also had 11 carries for 61 yards and two touchdowns.
And with that, the Cardinals joined the Rams and Seahawks at the top of the standings, giving the NFC West three teams with 6-3 records.
For all intents and purposes, it’s a three-way tie atop the division. But technically speaking the Seahawks are in third, because they have a losing record against both the Rams and the Cardinals. And LA find themselves in second place, because their division record (1-1) is worse than Arizona’s (2-0).
But head-to-head matchups are what will really matter, and the Rams and Cardinals will first face off on Week 13 (Dec. 6), and again on Week 17 (Jan. 3).
Bringing up the rear of the division are the injury-riddled San Francisco 49ers, who fell to 4-6 after suffering a 27-13 loss to the New Orleans Saints. The Niners defense knocked Drew Brees out of the game early, but still couldn’t find any momentum on either side of the ball, and saw their slim hopes of returning to the Super Bowl get even slimmer.
With their three teams at 6-3, the NFC West is just one of two divisions (the AFC North being the other) to have three teams hold winning records.