I just wanted to throw out that I can't believe the way this bye week turned out... NFC West teams win out? The Chargers looked like an entirely different team than the one that came out and beat up on our Defense, racking up over 40 points. Sam Bradford looked like a guy that has been in the league for a lot longer than the 6 weeks he truly has been, and led his Ram's to a victory over this up and down Chargers team.
The Raiders looked awful, and conceded the first 9ers victory of the year. I am hoping that the 49er's "winning the division" talk halts, I can't believe I am still hearing that "crap" after an 0-5 start. Ok, well they beat their Bay Area rival, whoopie. It wasn't a dominating performance by any means, both teams looked sub par. I will give credit where it is due, the 49ers made some adjustments and took the game over after falling behind early in the first half. Alex Smith looked competent behind center, but I was really hoping for an 0-6 start, thanks Raiders.
And lastly, the Bears are who we thought they were (I know, its over-used, but made sense to use it here). They started off great, a quick TD from a rejuvenated Matt Forte and looked sharp on their opening drive. That was about it though, their line looked as porous as it did against the Giants and Cutler was rushed, hurried, hit, and sacked all game long. Forte's great start ended up with an abysmal 11 yards rushing on the game, and the Bears go down to the Seahawks.
Truth be told the Seahawks and 49ers didn't surprise me much. My big surprise was how poorly the Chargers played against a sub-par (yet surprisingly improved) opponent. They are the equivalent of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in football. They have a top rated offense, and top rated defense, yet their record does not support that fact. They have been beaten by the Raiders this year, that's right, the Raiders. They have also lost to a resurgent Chiefs team, and now the Rams. Yet this same team came out and absolutely destroyed the Cardinals. Which team are they? And how do they have one of the league's top offenses and defenses and continue to lose games? I guess they are notorious for slow starts and strong finishes, but they had better get it together quickly with a more talented AFC West pool. Anyone come away with anything from the NFC West games this weekend that gives you cause for concern moving forward? I for one was hoping for some losses to further the Cardinal's lead in the division, but at the same time, these wins help give the division a little respect... The Seahawks D looks capable of keeping them in games, but with 2 weeks to prepare I am confident that our O-line will be ready to protect our Stormin' Mormon, and get a rushing attack established early. Let's hope our D builds off the strong game against the Saints and comes out hard against Hasselbeck. Go Cards!