NFC West Week 13 Game Capsules
The Seattle Seahawks are still mathematically alive in the NFC wildcard race, but realistically only one team in the NFC west has a shot at the playoffs, the San Francisco 49ers face the Arizona Cardinals this week, and the St. Louis Rams fly to Seattle to play the Seahawks on Monday Night Football. Marshawn Lynch vs. Steven Jackson, and Alex Smith vs. Kevin Kolb.
Here’s my capsule previews and NFC West predictions for Week 14.
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49ERS vs CARDINALS (Dec 11, 4:05 p.m. ET)
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The 49ers (10-2) have already wrapped up the NFC West division and if they win their remaining 4 games they will get the #1 seed in the NFC playoffs and have a bye the first week of the playoffs.
The 49ers played great defense in beating the Cardinals 24-7 in San Fran on November 20th.
The Cardinals (5-7) have won 2 straight and they need to win out to have any chance at making the post season.
49ers star LB Patrick Willis, who in the anchor of a San Francisco run defense that is the top-ranked unit in the league, is doubtful for this game with a hamstring injury.
Alex Smith played great in the earlier win over the Cardinals passing for 267 yards with 2 TD and Frank Gore rushed for 88 yards. These are the guys that the Cardinals have to key on, but that is easier said than done, as Arizona only ranks 25th in the league defending the pass and 19th defending the run.
Cardinals’ RB Beanie Wells has to find out how to run the ball on the great 49ers’ run defense and QB Kevin Kolb cannot make dumb mistakes and turn the ball over.
The Cardinals have lost 5 straight games to the 49ers and after this game it will be 6 times, as San Francisco will play great defense again, which is why they will win this NFC West match up.
RAMS vs SEAHAWKS (Dec 12, 8:20 p.m. ET)
The Seahawks (5-7) kept their faint playoff hopes with a solid 31-14 win over the Philadelphia Eagles last week and they already crushed the Rams 24-7 this season and that game was in St. Louis no less.
One of the main reasons that Seattle has won 3 of their last 4 games is the play of RB Marshawn Lynch, who has rushed for over 100 yards in 4 of his last 5 games including going for a career high 148 last week.
That has to be a little bit, and by a little I mean a TON, of a worry for the Rams, who have the league’s worst ranked run defense.
On top of the Rams’ issues in the run defense their passing offense only ranks 28th in passing yards per game and 27th in rushing yards per game. Oh yeah, and on top of that St. Louis will likely be starting 3rd string QB Tom Brandstater, who has never taken a snap in the NFL.
Brandstater may not be able to lean on RB Steven Jackson, who is averaging 41.6 rushing yards during the Rams’ 3-game losing streak. In the loss earlier this season to Seattle Jackson only had 42 rushing yards.
He’s never had a 100 yard rushing game versus the Seahawks either.
Yeah, this one is a tough one to call…NOT.
The Seahawks will lay a beat down on the lambs, I mean the Rams.