NFC West Week 11 Game Capsules
Once again this week only one team in the NFC west has a REAL shot at the playoffs the San Francisco 49ers. The Seattle Seahawks travel to St. Louis to take on the Rams minus two starting offensive lineman. John Moffitt and James Carpenter are both out for the year. The Cardinals play the Alex Smith led 49ers.
Here’s my capsule previews and NFC West predictions for Week 11.
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SEAHAWKS @ RAMS (Nov 20, 4:05 p.m. ET):
The Seahawks (3-6) kept their slight playoff hopes alive with a solid win over the Ravens last week and RB Marshawn Lynch rushed for over 100 yards for the 2nd straight game.
Lynch may be the key in this game, as he will be facing a St. Louis run defense that ranks dead-last in the NFL giving up over 150 rushing yards per game. On top of that Seattle’s top 2 WR’s of Sidney Rice and Doug Baldwin are banged up and each is questionable for this NFC West match up.
QB Tarvaris Jackson did not throw a TD last week in the win over the Ravens, but what is key is that he was not picked off. In his previous 3 games he had 5 INT and he has to avoid the turnover in this game.
The Seattle WR corps is hurting and their pass offense will be facing a good pass defense of the Rams that ranks 12th in the league.
The Rams (2-7) are also coming off a win beating the Cleveland Browns 13-12 in a barnburner of game.
Much like the Seahawks the key for them may be at the RB position in Steven Jackson, who has rushed for 100 yards in 3 straight games.
Sam Bradford is back under center and he does not have a good WR corps, but at least will be facing a Seattle pass defense that ranks 19th in the league.
This one is a tough call, but have to go with the Seahawks, as I think Jackson and Lynch will play well and the Seattle D will step up.
CARDINALS @ 49ERS (Nov 20, 4:05 p.m. ET):
The 49ers (8-1) are running away with the NFC West and the main reason is their defense, which has given up the fewest points per game and has forced the most turnovers.
The Cardinals (3-6) have won 2 straight, but are big underdogs in the City by the Bay game.
While they only rank 24th in the league defending the pass and 21st defending the run they have only given up and average of 15 ppg in their last 2 games.
There is a 60% chance of rain in this game and that favors the team that can run the ball, which is the 49ers.
Frank Gore is injured up and questionable for this game, but San Fran still has Kendall Hunter and Anthony Dixon.
The Cardinals feature RB Beanie Wells, but he is also banged up and on top of that he has not averaged over 4 yards per carry in his last 5 games and will be up against a 49ers run defense that is the top-ranked unit in the league.
The Cardinals have an injured RB, major QB and defensive issues, and are facing a stellar defense and this all adds up to a San Fran blowout this Sunday.