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The NFC West – Quarter Season Review

Arizona Cardinals (1-3)

Too good to go down. That’s right, I did it, I took another footballing reference and tenuously linked it to the NFL. It could be too late to hope that the Cardinals will achieve a play off first round bye, but they should make the play offs with the roster they have, the season is a heck of a long way from over, and Arians will figure out those small  reasons the team are finding it hard to close.

One reason for the downturn in form has been the form of quarterback Carson Palmer. Let’s be clear, he is probably not regressing due to age as I suggested could be the case in pre-season. A bad workman should not blame his tools but aside from David Johnson and Fitz, the Cardinals have had very little in the way of weapons so far this season. On Sunday against the Rams John Brown cut loose for the first time this year with a 150 yard game, but prior to this he was only on the field for half of the offensive snaps. Michael Floyd has also been frustrating fantasy owners across the globe.

Los Angeles Rams (3-1)

The L.A Rams Defence is everything we already know it is, I had worries about the secondary having lost McCloud and Jenkins, but they have had players step up into each role and dominate the Seahawks and Cardinals O lines as they seem to every season.

On offense Case Keenum has been a revelation so far this season. Nothing spectacular but he has been consistent and most of all not been a reason for the team playing badly. I use the phrase revelation in terms of Case Keenum’s ceiling. Number 1 pick in the draft Jared Goff has been consigned to the bench. He has all of the tools, this is why the Rams drafted him, but what you are seeing around the league in Dak Prescott, Carson Wentz and even Paxton Lynch to a point, is the value of playing a pro ready system in college.

Almost half way to this season’s 7 wins, the Rams could come back down to earth with a thump in the second half of the season. Will Jeff Fisher secure the new contract before this happens? 

San Francisco 49ers (1-3)

Since that week one blow-out victory against the Rams the San Francisco 49ers have looked like everything you expected them to be. What is there that anyone can possibly say in summary of the 49ers for 4 weeks? Gabbert has looked poor to serviceable, the defence, now missing Navarro Bowman has been ok, and Chip Kelly’s methods have been tolerable.

The bright spot has been Carlos Hyde, who despite a distinctly average first few years in the league has looked more than reliable when called upon. With Shaun Draughn not backing him up quite so articulately Hyde may be someone under the radar you should target for a trade in your fantasy league. They will continue to rely on him more and more.

Seattle Seahawks (3-1)

Offensive line issues be dammed, the Seahawks have come through a sticky patch against some top quality defensive lines with a winning record and almost unscathed. I am referring of course to Russell Wilson who is probably one more fat man sitting on his legs away from a season on the bench watching Trevone Boykin game manage the team.

Despite some serious early problems the Seahawks O line has started to look ok, and Justin Britt, now in his third position in three years is starting to justify his draft position as a second round pick. Germain Ifedi has looked impressive in his one start and Gary Gilliam is starting to recover from his off season surgery and be the player we know he can be. The only real troublesome spot is at left tackle where former Cardinals reserve Bradley Sowell still looks out of his depth.

The other bright spot is Jimmy Graham filling his potential. Whether it be him finally finding the bond with Russell Wilson, or if the offensive coaches have figured out how to use him, it has seen a halt in the amount of twitter warrior calling for his trade to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for Joe Thomas.

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Duncan covers the NFC West, as unbiased as possible for a Seahawks fan, promising “I just like good football”. He has been writing online for around four years for various publications enjoying Football, Cricket, Rugby League and anything else he can find on TV that weekend. Priding himself in being a realist when it comes to opinions on sport, you won’t catch him jumping on any pre-season bandwagons. Also a big fan of Fantasy sports, ask nicely and he will show you his 3 seasons in a row collection of winners medals. You can follow Duncan on Twitter at @DuncanJTerry.

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