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Monday Night Implications

Arizona and San Francisco will close out Week 12 with their Monday Night Football tilt tonight, but for one team the season will likely end six weeks early.  Both teams are barely hanging on in a divsion where the co-leaders are tied with a 5-6 record.  That’s right, no matter what happens tonight the NFC West leader after twelve weeks will have a losing record.

The St. Louis Rams narrowly escaped Denver with a win this week.  The Rams topped the struggling Broncos 36-33 after nearly giving the game up late int he fourth quarter.  As a result, the Rams pulled into a first place tie with Seattle.  “This was a huge step for this team, taking it to the next level,” Bradford said of his first road win.  “It’s obviously something we’ve struggled with earlier in the year.  But to finally clear that hurdle, I feel like only things can get better now.”  The last time the Rams had a share of first place this late in the season was in late October of 2006 when they and Seattle were tied atop the NFC West at 4-3.

The Seahawks didn’t fair as well as the Rams this week.  They came up short in a decisive 42-24 loss at home to the Kansas City Chiefs, who blew out an NFC West opponent for a second straight week.  Jamaal Charles absolutely ran wild on the Seahawks totaling 173 yards on 22 carries with 1 TD.  In addition, Dwayne Bowe continued his torrid performance in recent weeks with 13 receptions for 170 yards and 3 TDs.  The Seahawks have dropped their second game in two weeks.

The outcome of the other NFC West games injected an otherwise lackluster MNF game with some division intrigue.  The Cardinals and 49ers will be desperately trying to join the party.  If the Cardinals can pull out a home win they will pull within one game of Seattle and St. Louis with six games left on a very weak schedule.  It’s tough to get too excited, though.  Even with a win tonight, the Cardinals most likely will have to win four of the last six to have a shot.  In addition, if Arizona does end up with an 8-8 record, they must not tie with Seattle when it’s all over as the Seahawks own the head to head.  Finally, Seattle owns a 3-1 division record.  The Cardinals are 1-2 in the division, but could pull even in that category tonight. 

No matter how you break it down, the Cards have to start winning immediately and keep at it.

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One Response to “Monday Night Implications”

  1. CJ says:

    Can’t wait!!

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