At first glance, it appears that the Seahawks could end September 2008, one of the worst months in recent franchise history, only 1/2 game out of first place. The bye couldn't come at a better time considering all the injuries to our receivers. Okay, the Cardinals and 49ers are playing a better brand of football than they've played in several years, but this week looks like it could be tough for both clubs. And then there's the Rams. Sorry Rams fans, methinks you are done for.
Here are the games to be played in the NFC West this Sunday.
Buffalo Bills (3-0) @ St. Louis Rams (0-3) Line: Bills by 8.5
The Bills are coming off a gut-wrenching, nail-biting, last second, 1 point victory over the Raiders. The Bills appeared to have overlooked the Raiders, a team with head coaching issues who probably couldn't beat anyone but the Chiefs right now. They meet the Rams this week, another team with head coaching issues who wishes they were playing the Chiefs right now. The Rams are coming off a gut-wrenching, nail-biting , last second, 24 point loss to the Seahawks. Will the Bills sleepwalk through the first 3 quarters of a football game for the 2nd week in a row? Will Trent (oops, where'd the ball go) Green spark his club like Gus (I've played for every team in the NFL... twice) Frerotte did for the Vikings last week? Will the Bills team from the last few years finally show up and give the Rams a chance in this one? Uhh... no. In a game that is not as close as the final score, Buffalo takes it behind 2 Marshawn Lynch TDs and steady, if not spectacular play by Trent (I'm better than Green and Dilfer) Edwards by the final score of 24-10.
San Francisco 49ers (2-1) @ New Orleans Saints (1-2) Line: Saints by 4.5
This should be an entertaining ball game. Mike Martz offensive schemes have done wonders for his team as has the play of J.T. (boy am I glad I don't have to hold the clipboard anymore) O'Sullivan and Frank Gore. The Niners have gone from dead last in most offensive stats in '07 to a steady middle of the pack and O'Sullivan, who is starting his 4th NFL game after 7 years on the bench, appears to be gaining confidence every week. The Saints are led by Drew (am I really leading the league in passing yards for a 1 and 2 team) Brees and Reggie Bush. Tight End Jeremy Shockey is out for 3 to 6 weeks in what could be a bonus for Reggie Bush FF owners. Bush's running yards are not spectacular, but he may end up reminding 49er fans of Roger Craig - solid runs, good catches out of the backfield, and good at watching the short yardage back score TDs. In a nail biter, Martin Gramatica hits the go ahead FG with just over a minute to play. 49ers fall just short on the 2 minute drive when O'Sullivan throws a pick just as the Niners are nearing FG range. Final score: Saints win 38-36.
Arizona Cardinals (2-1) @ New York Jets (1-2) Line: Jets by 1
Arizona, led by QB Kurt (I'm glad they didn't make me give my MVP trophies back when I was sucking it up with the Giants) Warner, WRs Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald, and RB Edgerrin James, can move the ball downfield in a hurry. The New York Bretts proved last week against the Chargers that they can let the ball move downfield in a hurry. Brett (do you really think I might not play because I'm "questionable") Farve has not yet met expectaions with his new team. I for one, have not been aboard the Favre bandwagon this season but am preparing to jump on for this game. Knowing New York fans attitudes, the honeymoon is likely over. If the Jets lose this game, the grumbling will begin. God knows they are freaking out over the baseball season (Mets will be knocked out of the playoffs Sunday and shouts of "Fire Manuel" or "Fire Girardi" will be heard all over the 5 boroughs) and fans are just waiting for the Knicks to begin play so they can take out their frustration by booing mercilessly from their 200 dollar seats, while drinking their 10 dollar Budweisers. Farve knows all of this by now, or he will once he reads my blog, and will know that he must win one for the great fans of New York. Kurt Warner is knocked out of the game and the Jets win going away, 30-16.
I could be wrong.