Idle Rams Move to 1st Place in NFC West

By Aaron Kirn
Arizona blew a 14 point lead against the Vikings late in the 4th quarter, eventually losing in overtime to fall to 3-5.  Seattle got absolutely blown out at home to the Giants, and lost to the Rams earlier in the season.  San Francisco was on their bye after defeating Denver in London so they stay in last at 2-6.  What does all this mean for St. Louis?  After nine weeks in to the NFL season, the St. Louis Rams are in first place in the NFC West.

NFC West Week 9 Results:

  1. St. Louis Rams (4-4)  Bye
  2. Seattle Seahawks (4-4)  L, 41-7
  3. Arizona Cardinals (3-5) L, 27-24 OT
  4. San Francisco 49ers (2-6) Bye

The NFC West is certainly the most wide-open division in the NFL.  It’s really anybodies guess who will win at this point in the season.  All four teams still have a shot at winning the west, but out of the four choices St. Louis is a logical pick.  Throw last year’s 1-15 season out the window.  The defense is playing extremely well, and Sam Bradford has the offense running smoothly.  It doesn’t matter what the Rams did last season, this team is looking ahead.  What they see are the 49ers in week 10.

We should know a bit more about the West after next week’s divisional match-ups.

  • Seattle @ Arizona
  • St. Louis @ San Francisco

San Fran will go to QB Troy Smith who started in the week 9 vs. Denver.  St. Louis is looking for their first road win of the season.  If they defeat the 49ers, the Rams will be above .500 for the first time since 2006 when they were 4-3 after week 8.

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