There are a lot of things we could talk about in the NFC West this week. San Francisco lost to the Vikings and Arizona dominated the Philadelphia Eagles. In a regular week, these would be some of the top headlines.
Week 3, however, was not a regular week. One play of the Seattle Seahawks game against the Green Bay Packers has stolen the spotlight from the other three teams in the division.
It has been a very interesting week for these four teams, so let’s cut right to the chase. Here is your NFC West Week 3 recap.
Scores and Analysis
San Francisco 49ers 13, Minnesota Vikings 24
Say what you want about trap games or flukes, but the San Francisco 49ers were simply outplayed in this game. If they keep it close, then I could see it being considered a “fluke” game, but they lost big despite the referee admittedly giving them two extra challenges.
Alex Smith put on his best vintage Alex Smith performance, missing wide open receivers on several occasions. The play-calling was also horrendous. Frank Gore only had 12 carries in this game and Smith threw the ball 35 times.
I will give a lot of credit to Minnesota; they played quite well. That said, their quite well does not beat the 49ers quite well. Aside from a couple of individuals, San Francisco was awful this week.
St. Louis Rams 6, Chicago Bears 23
In the minds of many, Sam Bradford may have gone from the best to the worst quarterback in the NFC West division in just one week. After putting up big numbers against Washington, Bradford completed just over 50 percent of his passes and their offense failed to reach the end zone.
A lot of this can and will be attributed to the fact that Stephen Jackson is slowing down and the Rams have no protection or weapons, for that matter. St. Louis has a lot of work to do this season. The defense is coming along, but there are a lot of players on the offense that need to step up.
It is almost sad to see up team put up such a great fight against Detroit, knock off the Redskins and then get embarrassed by Chicago.
Arizona Cardinals 27, Philadelphia Eagles 6
If there were two teams in need of a statement game, it would have been the Arizona Cardinals and the Philadelphia Eagles. Both teams were sitting at 2-0, but had come off close and controversial wins.
This game proved that the Cardinals defense is one of the best in the league and that the Eagles are once again one of the most overrated teams in professional football. There are no excuses for Philadelphia at this point. They barely beat the 0-3 Browns, should not have beaten the Ravens and were killed by Arizona.
With the win, the Cards move into first place in the NFC West division and prove to the rest of the league that their win over New England was no fluke.
Seattle Seahawks 14, Green Bay Packers 12
There are a lot of mixed emotions as I am writing this article. Part of me just wants to laugh at the situation that the NFL has caused and the other part is disgusted. Growing up through sports, I was taught to never argue with an official, because it will get you nowhere. I never fully understood why that was until now.
After watching sports, particularly baseball and football, over the past couple of years, I have come to realize that no matter how wrong something is, the people in charge are too arrogant, too political or just don’t care enough to make things right.
As someone who has umpired in the past, my partner(s) will tell me when I make a mistake and vice versa. The people in charge will address the mistakes that are made and make changes where necessary. In this case, problems get solved and few people are mad.
You can probably tell that the problems in the NFL have not been solved. This is because the NFL continues to stand behind the wrong calls. They acknowledge the fact that they are wrong, but do absolutely nothing about it.
Once you get to a bigger stage, you see guys like Roger Goodell running the show for themselves. They don’t care about the fans or the outcome of these football games, they care about the money. This is why the replacement refs are still out there and this is why nothing is done in terms of game changing calls like the one we saw this past Monday.
As for the actual game itself, the Seahawks defense looked great for the third week in a row. They have a lot of solid players and if Russell Wilson can continue to manage games, then we could see three NFC West teams in the playoffs.
San Francisco: 2-1
St. Louis: 1-2
Studs: Larry Fitzgerald, Golden Tate
Duds: Beanie Wells, Stephen Jackson
What We Learned
The Arizona Cardinals are for real.
San Francisco is not the best team in football.
Some of the Seahawks players wear stripes.
St. Louis is a year away from being a playoff contender.