NFC West Round-Up; Stunning Games in San Fran and SeattleBy Marc U.
The NFC West is quite a logjam following Week Six of the National Football League season. San Francisco, Seattle and Arizona are knotted at 4-2 while the Rams are sitting right in the rear-view mirror at 3-3. Big games await however in the coming days and weeks.
New England 23 at Seattle 24 – The Patriots blew a late 13-point lead in the 4th quarter on the road in Seattle and lost to the Seahawks behind the late-game heroics of rookie QB Russell Wilson. The young man threw three touchdown passes on the day while Tom Brady threw for two and two interceptions along with 395 yards passing. Neither team could do a whole lot on the ground in the game.
New York 26 at San Francisco 3 – For all the smack talk this week going one I certainly expected a much closer battle than this one turned out to be. The rematch of last year’s NFC Title Game was supposed to be the Niners chance for revenge but it was not to be. While the Giants had a slight edge in yardage, the big difference turned out to be three interceptions thrown by Niners’ QB Alex Smith. The Giants also recorded five sacks on the afternoon and saw a solid performance by Ahmad Bradshaw who ran for 116 yards on 27 carries.
Buffalo 19 at Arizona 16 (OT) – Both teams relied more on their running games than passing games as both quarterbacks were less than stellar in Arizona. The Cards’ Jay Feely nailed a 61-yard field goal with about a minute to go to send the game into overtime but Buffalo’s Rian Lindell kicked the game-winner from just 25 yards away halfway thru the OT period. CJ Spiller led the Bills ground attack with 88 yards rushing and a touchdown.
St. Louis 14 at Miami 17 – The Rams were fresh off a solid victory over a tough Seattle team while Miami was coming off a great road win in Cincinnati and as you might expect this one went down to the wire as the Dolphins held off the Rams. Each team is now 3-3 on the season. Amazingly, St. Louis out-gained Miami by a total 461-209 on offense.
A look ahead to Week Seven
Seattle at San Francisco – This week’s Thursday night game promises to be a tough, physical battle between two of the league’s top defenses. Seattle will come South on the heels of a heroic comeback in knocking off the Patriots while the 49ers will have no time to lick their wounds from a humbling loss to New York in their own backyard. San Francisco will need a much better game from Alex Smith and one has to wonder if Colin Kaepernick is not going to see more time given that his role increases by the week. Chances are the team the rushes the ball better on Thursday night will be victorious.
Green Bay at St. Louis – The Rams will most certainly be glad to be home following a loss in Miami while the Packers will be on the road for the third straight week after last night’s game in Houston. The Rams seem more and more intent on passing the baton to running back Daryl Richardson and taking it from Steven Jackson who for many fantasy owners has been a dud in 2012.
Arizona at Minnesota – The Vikings racked up 421 yards of offense but committed three turnovers in losing to the Redskins yesterday in the nation’s capitol. They now return home to face a Cardinals team that is suddenly reeling a bit and continues to have issues at quarterback. The Cardinals defense is very good, but they aren’t so good yet to the point where they can dominate a game and win it despite a lousy offensive effort.