Av's "Looking West" - Week 5
With the Thursday game this week, I'm posting a bit early.
The NFC West has emerged as one of the most competitve divisions in 2012. Right now, the division has an overall record of 11-5, with a record of 9-3 against non-divisional foes and an 8-0 record at home.
Defenses are setting the tone in the division, and the Rams are no exception. While they have been vulnerable against the run, the Rams are second in the NFL in passer rating allowed and interceptions.
Will the West continue to shine...?
Week 5 Projections
St. Louis 24
I like this match-up for a number of reasons. First, being the home team is a big advantage given the short week. Second, the Cardinals' offense is fairly one-dimentional, as they have not run the ball effectively. Third, the Cardinals' defense showed some weakness against Miami, and I think the Rams will be able to exploit those weaknesses.Carolina 26
The Seahawks will continue to have difficulty winning on the road, particularly with Russell Wilson playing like... well, a rookie 3rd round pick. Cam Newton should be able to avoid the Seahawks' pass rush just enough to get the job done this week.
San Francisco 31
Buffalo's defense was shredded by the Patriots last week, and I don't see them stopping the Niners in San Francisco. The loss to Minnesota now looks like an anomaly.
San Francisco 4-1 (0-0)
Arizona 4-1 (1-1)
St. Louis 3-2 (2-0)
Seattle 2-3 (0-2)