Hello, football fans and welcome to the Fuel Tank! In this exciting column, we will be breaking down one of the hottest NFL debate topics and then I will be giving my viewpoint on the topic while breaking down why the opposition is false. Please don’t bash anyone or post any hateful comments as everyone has a right to their own opinion! With that said, let’s jump right into today’s story.
Thursday’s game with the Cardinals and Seahawks set the stage for who has the best shot to win the division. The division itself is neck-and-neck with the Seahawks sitting in first place at 7-3, the Rams in second at 6-3, the Cardinals in 3rd at 6-4, and the 49ers, who have been in a sense checked out of winning the division, in last at 4-6; in simplified terms, it’s between everyone but the 49ers. With many strengthens and weaknesses that shift the odds of winning for each team, it’s but a flip of the coin to who will take it all the way.
That team is none other than the Seattle Seahawks, and here’s why:
1. Cupcake Schedule
If you don’t understand what I mean by “cupcake”, I mean soft. The teams they have the face-off against (not including their rivals) include the Eagles, the Giants, the Washington Football Team, and the infamous, winless J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets! Unless one of these teams turns into the 07′ Patriots, expect them to win those four games with ease. The only game that could go either or way is the Rams game as they have already lost to them 23-16. Still, it seems it will be one of the easiest roads till the playoffs the rest of the way.
2. Russell Wilson
Wilson is having an MVP-like season, and it seems as though that will be the main case moving forward with the defenses he’ll throw against in the upcoming weeks. Predictions aside, he has had an exceptional year by completing over 70% of his passes, 2986 passing yards, 30 touchdowns, 367 rushing yards, and a rushing touchdown. While his turnover troubles may etch him from the MVP award, his play this season is one of the main causes the Seahawks are even sitting in the divisional lead; moreover, help from players like Tyler Lockett, D.K Metcalf, and Carlos Hyde are has helped achieved the stats and wins they have achieved.
3. “Improved” Defensive Play
I say “improved” with a motherload of bleakness as they played somewhat exceptional against the Cardinals. They were able to contain Murray and the Cardinals’ explosive offense; while Murray threw for 269 yards and two touchdowns, they allowed only 50 rushing yards the entire game and they were able to contain Hopkins, one of the best receivers in the game, to five catches on eight targets for only 51 yards. Also, the Seahawks still have one of the best linebackers in Bobby Wagner with them, Jamal Adams at safety (even though he’s underperforming, he still brings a menacing presence on defense), and D.J Reed Jr., who showed out to be an underrated player on that defense with 11 total tackles (9 solos) and a pass deflection.
With a lot of underwhelming offenses coming to face them in the upcoming weeks, this could give them a chance to improve their play on weaker teams. This could be beneficial for them in the future, principally against playoff caliber offenses.
Addressing the other side
The Rams will win the division; they’ve already beaten the Seahawks before so they could come up with the title in the end:
This could happen as the Rams could sweep them, mainly due to their unstoppable defense led by Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey. Let’s say they do win; they’ll have to face the Buccaneers (on Monday) and then the Cardinals twice. They’ll likely lose two of those three games, which would put them out of contention; plus, the Seahawks have an easier road ahead since they won’t have to play the Cardinals again.
Their main downside is their offense, which is stagnant, especially when Goff turns into a shell of misery; we’ve seen this against the Dolphins and the 49ers. That’s one of the main reasons why I don’t trust the Rams to take it all; they’ll make the playoffs though.
Their defense is one of the worst in the league!
I’m sure any defense, no matter how bad it is, can handle the Jets, the Giants, and the Eagles offenses. If they can’t, then they won’t make a playoff run. You don’t need an Avengers level threat of defense to win a Super Bowl; just ask the Chiefs’ defense. They had a good pass defense; however, their rush defense was among the worst in the league.
Who do you think will win the NFC West? Leave a comment down below to join the discussion. Thanks for reading and have a fantastic day!