Week 7 of the 2014 NFL season comes to a wrap Monday evening when the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Houston Texans. I am not anticipating an overly entertaining matchup, but maybe we'll get lucky. However the game plays out, it has zero impact on the 49ers the rest of this regular season. With that in mind, I figured we would take a look back at the weekend that was around the NFL.
49ers and Seahawks dealing with some similar stuff
The Seattle Seahawks dropped a bit of a stunner to the St. Louis Rams. The Rams have played Seattle well at the Edward Jones Dome, but to see them jump out 21-3, and hold on late was a fun thing to watch. Sure it doesn't change the 49ers own result later in the day, but I'll take it nonetheless. Both the Seahawks and 49ers are dealing with numerous injuries, but I'll always take a loss at Denver over a loss at St. Louis.
The highlight of Sunday beyond just the Seahawks loss had to be Earl Thomas complaining about officiating. That entertained me to no end. Welcome to the club, Earl.
The 49ers now hold a half game lead on the Seahawks as Seattle heads into Carolina during the 49ers bye. Both teams have lost one divisional game, and one non-division home game. It will likely come down to the wire between these two.
How 'bout them Cardinals?!
Of course, it could come down to the wire for a friggin' wild card berth. The Arizona Cardinals beat the Oakland Raiders, and now sit at 5-1 in the NFC West. They hold a game and a half lead on the 49ers, and a 2-game lead on the Seahawks. This coming week the Cardinals host the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Cardinals have a home win over the 49ers, so I won't be calling them a phony 5-1 team, but I am reeeeeally curious to see how they look at home against Philly. The Eagles are 5-1 and coming off a thorough beatdown of the New York Giants. The Cardinals knocked off a good San Diego team in Week 1, beat the Giants in Week 2, the 49ers in Week 3, lost at Denver, and then beat Washington and Oakland. The Cardinals are a good team, with a great head coach, but I am still just not entirely sure what to make of them. They have the division lead for now, so I guess that's all that matters.
The NFC South is a dumpster fire
Someone has to win that division, but it is not a pretty picture. The Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, and Atlanta Falcons all lost yesterday. Tampa Bay did not lose only because they had a bye week. The Panthers were blasted by the Green Bay Packers, the Saints yacked up a late lead to the Detroit Lions, and the Falcons were thumped by the Baltimore Ravens. The Panthers currently lead the division at 3-3-1, and a 10-6 record for any of those teams is looking like a bit of a stretch.
The NFC East on the other hand...
The Dallas Cowboys continue to roll along. They got a fight from the Giants, but pulled away late as they continue to ride a dominant DeMarco Murray. Tony Romo is making big plays to Dez Bryant and Terrence Williams, but Murray has made life a lot easier for Romo. They now stand 6-1 with a half game lead on the Eagles, who had a bye this week. There is a very good chance two teams come out of the East, removing one wild card from the West. Of course, it makes the 49ers two wins thus far over NFC East opponents pretty nice.
1. Dallas Cowboys, 6-1
2. Arizona Cardinals, 5-1
3. Detroit Lions, 5-2
4. Carolina Panthers, 3-3-1
5. Philadelphia Eagles, 5-1
6. Green Bay Packers 5-2
On the outside looking in: San Francisco 49ers (4-3), Seattle Seahawks (3-3), Chicago Bears (3-4), New York Giants (3-4)
There is a lot of football left to be played. People will use the phrase, "If the playoffs started today...", but that's just a bland cliche. If the playoffs started today, it would be the first time they've ever started in October, and on a Monday. I get why people say that, but it's just drivel at this point. The 49ers could potentially be a different team when December rolls around. There are no guarantees that anything will work out like we think it might, but the 49ers could be in one heck of a position.