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Arizona Cardinals have uphill battle in NFC West

The NFC West may be out of reach for the Arizona Cardinals after this weekend.

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After ten weeks in the 2017 NFL season, the standings in the NFC West are just what everyone expected them to be.

The Los Angeles Rams sit atop the division at 7-2 and have the best scoring offense in the NFL at 32.9 points per game.

The Seattle Seahawks are in second place, a game behind the Rams, at 6-3, but have won the only matchup between the two teams. Interestingly enough, that win came in Los Angeles, so the Seahawks get the Rams in Seattle in week 15 for what could be the defacto division championship game.

The Arizona Cardinals are third in the division at 4-5, including a 2-2 record within the NFC West.

Their only division wins against the hapless, but no longer winless San Francisco 49ers.

Speak of the 49ers, their victory over the New York Giants means they will not go 0-16 in Kyle Shanahan’s first season at the helm. However, they seemed destined for another basement finish in the NFC West.

It's not over for the Arizona Cardinals, but unless Blaine Gabbert unlocks some magic, it seems awfully unlikely we will see the Cardinals finish higher than third in the NFC West in 2017.