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What does Richard Sherman’s Achilles injury mean for NFC West?

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The Rams hold the lead, but still have to play in Seattle in Week 15. This injury could prove huge.

The Seattle Seahawks beat the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday Night Football, winning an ugly one 22-16. The win came with a steep cost, as cornerback Richard Sherman ruptured his Achilles tendon. He will be out for the remainder of the season.

Sherman has taken a step back from his peak performances of a couple years ago, but he remains one of the better cornerbacks in the league. He is technically proficient, and most importantly, knows how to push on the rules quite well. Rules are meant to at least be bent, and he has done a masterful job pushing them to the breaking point. It annoys opposing fans and players, but if he can get away with it, it’d be foolish not to take advantage of such an opportunity.

The Seahawks were already without Earl Thomas last night. They’ll likely get Thomas back soon, but losing Sherman is going to be interesting for them the rest of the season. The Los Angeles Rams sit a half game ahead of Seattle, and host the Houston Texans this Sunday.

Looking at the two teams’ remaining schedules, Week 15 could prove to be pretty massive. The Seahawks beat the Rams in LA, and get to host them that week. The Seahawks are 3-0 in the division, while the Rams are 2-1. If Seattle gets the sweep, can they win enough other games to claim the division? This is going to come down to the wire, and if Seattle gets the sweep, that gives them the critical divisional tiebreaker.

Here are their remaining schedules.

Rams: vs. Texans, @ Vikings, vs. Saints, @ Cardinals, vs. Eagles, @ Seahawks, @ Titans, vs. 49ers

Seahawks: vs. Falcons, @ 49ers, vs. Eagles, @ Jaguars, vs. Rams, @ Cowboys, vs. Cardinals