Only two teams in the NFC West were in action this week as the San Francisco 49ers and the St. Louis Rams were on bye. It was an interesting couple of games as it featured two teams on the rise and two who are heading downhill.
We are going to change things up a bit this week. In addition to recapping the games, we will also look at a couple of under-the-radar fantasy football players.
Here is your NFC West Week 9 recap.
Green Bay Packers 31, Arizona Cardinals 17
And the streak continues! The Arizona Cardinals are heading into their bye week on a five-game losing streak after winning their first four games. Arizona is averaging just over 10 points per game over their past five contests and their defense has also struggled at times.
By no means did I expect the Cardinals to win this game, but they were given every opportunity to stay in it. There were countless errors made in all four aspects of the game. While making some improvements, the offense struggled early on. The defense was on the field for too long to shut down Aaron Rodgers and the play-calling was laughable.
The bye could not come at a better time for Arizona. Their offense made a lot of improvements in this game and they will have two weeks to continue to improve. The defense can certainly use some time off as well. They have struggled over the past two games and need the extra time to prepare for Atlanta.
Seattle Seahawks 30, Minnesota Vikings 20
The Arizona Cardinals came crashing back down to earth a couple of weeks ago and it is now the Minnesota Vikings turn to follow suit. They started the season strong, but have lost by double digits in three of their past four games.
This was a big win for Seattle as they look to keep pace with the San Francisco 49ers. The win pushes the Seahawks undefeated home record to 4-0. With a game at home against the Jets, they will likely head into their bye week with a respectable 6-4 record.
Minnesota was 2-0 against the NFC West prior to this game. They upset the 49ers in Week 3 and edged out the Cardinals a couple of weeks ago. Seattle controlled the majority of the game and made it look easy. If they can improve their play on the road, then they will be a team to watch going forward.
San Francisco 49ers: 6-2
Seattle Seahawks: 5-4
Arizona Cardinals: 4-5
St. Louis Rams: 3-5
Week 10 Opponents
San Francisco: vs. Rams
Seattle: vs. Jets
St. Louis: at 49ers
Michael Floyd: Cardinals rookie first-round pick Michael Floyd has been getting more playing time as of late due to poor play by Early Doucet. He has been targeted 18 times over the past two games and caught five passes for 80 yards this past Sunday. Arizona has a bye next week, but if you are in need of a receiver, then Floyd is one to consider picking up.
Danny Amendola: St. Louis wideout Danny Amendola was having a great year before being injured in Week 5. After missing three games he expects to be back in the lineup next week against San Francisco. Amendola is the Rams No. 1 receiver, but he may have been dropped following his injury. If he is on the waiver wire then you are getting a huge steal.
Marshawn Lynch: Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch enjoyed another great game in a win over the Minnesota Vikings. He ran the ball 26 times for 124 yards and added a touchdown. He also caught two passes for 26 yards and 21 fantasy football points. He has now gone over 100 yards rushing in three straight games.
Adrian Peterson vs. the NFC West: Top candidate for comeback player of the year, Adrian Peterson has dominated the NFC West division this season. In three games, AP has 421 rushing yards and three touchdowns on just 65 carries. He has been on a tear over the past few weeks and it is scary to think about what he will do St. Louis in Week 15.