The NFC West looks like a one team show now. The Los Angeles Rams put on an offensive masterclass against the Vikings on Thursday Night Football and certainly look the real deal. In his third season (yes third) Quarterback Jared Goff looks the part, and under mastermind head coach Sean McVay they look as though they will go deep in the playoffs. McVay has also assembled one of the best group of coaches to support his own youthful years.
The other NFC West match ups include a divisional loggerhead:
Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals – Monday 1 October – 9.05am NZ time
This will potentially be a low scoring slog with both teams at different ends of the NFL spectrum. The Cardinals are in a rebuilding mode with both a rookie head coach Steve Wilks, still looking for his first win, and a rookie quarterback starting his first game, in Josh Rosen.
The Cardinal’s have only scored a combined 20 points in their first three games (14 of those in last weeks loss to the Chicago Bears). Rosen may give them the spark they need.
The Seahawks have also struggled to meet their usual standards getting their first win last week against the Dallas Cowboys. Head coach Pete Carroll at 67 is the oldest in the NFL and his team are starting to also show their age. Quarterback Russell Wilson still a class act however his supporting staff are also starting to wane. Defensive back Earl Thomas looking for a trade out also does not help. The Seahawks are favourites by 3 however the best pick is the low game score. Take the under 38.5 points option.
San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Chargers – Monday 1 October – 9.25am NZ time
The other NFC West team that make up the division – the 49ers – suffered a major setback last week losing their quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo for the season in last weeks loss to the Chiefs. Having won their week 2 game against the Lions they looked like some momentum was happening however they now look as though they could be on a backwards slide. Second string quarterback C.J Beathard has started before however his 1-5 record does not build a lot of confidence against a Chargers team that was tipped to be a threat this season.
They also seem to have already made life tough for themselves already though with a 1-2 record. The 49ers will have to reassess how they rebuild now and could struggle to even overcome a double point head start in this one. Take the Chargers -10.5
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