The NFC West is there for the taking

Can you imagine before this season started that after the first half the St. Louis Rams might well win the NFC West? Well they certainly could, as could the Seattle Seahawks, and the Arizona Cardinals. And yes,  even your San Francisco 49ers could be holding up the NFC West championship banner at the end of the season. The NFL’s weakest division by far, is completely up for grabs.  The Niners have five of their eight second half games against NFC West foes. Two with St. Louis, two with Arizona, and one with Seattle.  The Niners also have an entire extra week to prepare quarterback Troy Smith and the rest of their team for the November 14th tilt with the Rams at the ‘Stick. This game will speak volumes about the second half Niners. Can Troy, Mike Johnson, and the offense begin to really be a unit that can consistently score some points and keep turnovers and penalties to a minimum? Can the defense rise up and play a more dominating role in the second half as we thought they would all season?  We’ll certainly see.  The NFC West opponents are all teams that the Niners should be able to line up against with no problem. This isn’t exactly like playing the Patriots, Ravens and Steelers. The Rams game is of course especially pivotal, as it is at home and will jump-start the second half season,  if the Niners can get a W.  A home conference loss to Sam Bradford and Company would show that the Niners have achieved little if any traction from their win in London and their extra week of preparation for this game.  And Jed York might have to retract his “we’re going to win the NFC West” proclamation.



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