Back in August and also early September, the Arizona Cardinals were not favored to win the NFC West. They presently lead the division as the NFL’s only remaining undefeated team. And also their 37-14 knocking of the Cleveland Browns convinced many doubters that this Cardinals team is genuine.
But can they remain to outpace the Los Angeles Rams?
The Rams, behind brand-new quarterback Matthew Stafford, continue to thrill and also win. They dominated the New York Giants, 38-11, in Week 6. While the San Francisco 49ers delighted in a bye, the Seattle Seahawks dropped a heartbreaker to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
CBS San Francisco sporting activities support Vern Glenn looks at the four NFC West competitions in Week 7.
Detroit Lions @ Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, October 24 @ 4:05 p.m.
. The Lions and Rams traded quarterbacks this previous offseason. Jared Goff, who led the Rams to Super Bowl LIII, mosted likely to Detroit. And also long time Lions’ signal-caller Matthew Stafford became the starter in Los Angeles. Both QBs needed a modification of views. The Rams could not duplicate that 2018 season, and it came to be clear that maybe Goff had not been the very best suit Sean McVay’s infraction. The Lions had actually been continually bad, in spite of Stafford’s remarkable numbers.
” This is the video game that I’m certain Jared Goff has had actually circled around since he was traded from the Rams to the Lions.” Glenn said. “And in your area here, Jared Goff is our guy. He grew up in Marin County, appropriate outside of San Francisco. He has been looking forward to this one. It wasn’t the smoothest shift this trade from the Rams to the Lions for him. Yet below they come, SoFi stadium. We have all that drama, McVay and Goff.”
The Rams come into Week 7 with a 5-1 record. Stafford stays among the game’s best passers, averaging 306.3 yards per game and also 9.2 backyards per effort, both amongst the organization’s top five. The Lions, in spite of some close calls, continue to look for that elusive very first win. Goff’s numbers– 250.8 backyards per video game, 6.3 lawns per effort– light in comparison to Stafford’s. He likewise does not have the tools around him that he as soon as did. A leading Rams protection recommends he’ll have limited success once again this Sunday.
” Bottom line, goal line to end line, it needs to be the Rams’ day,” Glenn said. “For as good as Goff is and also as much retribution he wants to conjure up, he doesn’t play defense. And then Stafford, in that high-powered Rams crime, they’re mosting likely to go up and down the field. It is a win for the Rams, that I believe are a double-digit preferred to shut in your home.”
Houston Texans @ Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, October 24 @ 4:25 p.m.
. The Cardinals are the NFL’s last staying unbeaten team, as Kyler Murray tossed 4 touchdown comes on their 37-14 win recently over the Cleveland Browns. Arizona is betting a Super Bowl, based upon every one of their offseason moves, though few people saw them as severe contenders going into the season.
” I need to come tidy with this one,” Glenn confesses. “At the beginning of the year, I did not give any kind of love to the Arizona Cardinals. I assumed this was a company that, outside of Kyler Murray, this was the company where a lot of aged NFL professionals would go and complete up their job. And also I’m citing J.J. Watt as one of them, adhering to along the lines of, state, Emmitt Smith, that ended his career with the Arizona Cardinals. Yet 6-0 is 6-0.”
There’s a likelihood the Cardinals’ winning touch will proceed against Houston. The Texans were belted recently, 31-3, by the Indianapolis Colts, leaving them at 1-5. Davis Mills has actually not looked up to the task at quarterback, besides his 312-yard, three-TD revealing against the New England Patriots in Week 5.
According to Glenn, “that offensive strike for the Texans [is] simply not nearly enough to get it done on the road against Kyler Murray and also Arizona, who have been the shock of the NFL. They have to. Numbers don’t lie, 6-0 is 6-0. And once again double-digit favorites to win at home.”
Indianapolis Colts @ San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, October 24 @ 8:20 p.m.
. The 49ers are coming off their bye week. Jimmy Garoppolo looks possible for Sunday, though Trey Lance still seems hindered by a knee injury. Overall, the group must be relaxed and prepared for the Colts. Indianapolis quickly knocked off the Texans in Week 6, with Carson Wentz spreading the ball around and also looking a little much more like he did a couple of years ago with the Philadelphia Eagles.
” The Niners come in a five-point residence fave,” Glenn said. “The 49ers, it matters not whether Jimmy Garoppolo or Trey Lance are at quarterback. It’s not an issue what takes place when they’re in the red area, due to the 11 journeys, they’ve scored 10 times. It’s reaching the red zone as well as establishing some sort of rhythm to get there.”
Coach Kyle Shanahan has had two weeks to identify the consistency concern. The issues also expand to the various other side of the ball. The defense has been strong versus the pass, permitting just 216.6 backyards per game, but the quarterback pressure hasn’t been there. They’ve sacked opposing quarterbacks just 11 times all period.
” The Colts are a pretty good football team, I’ll give them that,” Glenn confesses. “They’re far better than that a lot of individuals anticipated. But the 49ers virtually have to close it out. It is a Sunday night primetime football game. And also I just don’t believe that Shanahan might go two weeks without preparing for this, to come out and also radiate as well as come out on the top. I’m going 49ers.”
New Orleans Saints @ Seattle Seahawks, Monday, October 25 @ 8:15 p.m.
. The Saints are also appearing of a bye week. At 3-2, they encounter the unenviable task of equaling the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who lead the NFC South. New Orleans heads to Seattle to meet the 2-4 Seahawks, that will once again be without Russell Wilson. The team’s long time QB is out till at the very least Week 10 after his current hand surgical procedure. Geno Smith was 23-32 for 209 yards and a goal in the Seahawks’ overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers recently.
Smith will have Seattle’s formidable 12th guy behind him today. Lumen Field is “… one of the loudest areas to play in the whole NFL,” Glenn said. “I’ve seasoned times where I’ve in fact attempted to have a discussion with somebody right beside me, and also they can not hear the words appearing of my mouth due to the fact that it is so, so loud.”
The Saints have actually been a little hit or miss this season. After controling the Green Bay Packers in the opener, they was up to the Carolina Panthers and after that the New York Giants two weeks after. The Saints dispensed with the Washington Football Team before the break. And the added rest should aid them return some principals from injuries.
” They have 4 guys that were hurt that are mosting likely to be able to take part in this video game. Particularly Michael Thomas, one more offensive weapon. They obtained their left tackle back. They’ve obtained a linebacker Kwon Alexander back.”
The violation still runs behind Alvin Kamara, that has topped 100 combined lawns in his last 3 getaways. Jameis Winston has likewise grabbed his production in his last couple of getaways, which included 4 TD comes on the Saints’ newest win.