The first week of the NFL season wraps up tonight with a pair of Monday Night Football games, but the week is a wrap for the NFC West. And while the first week of opponents make the results not entirely shocking, it is still amusing to consider the fact that the Los Angeles Rams sit atop the division.
The Rams hosted the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, with the Colts missing quarterback Andrew Luck. Scott Tolzien got the start in his place, and he was atrocious. He completed 9 of 18 passes for 128 yards, and threw two interceptions. Oh, and both interceptions were run back for touchdowns. If you own or faced the Rams defense in fantasy football, that likely swung the matchup.
Jared Goff returned to action after an ugly 2016 campaign, and he put together a great performance in the Rams 46-9 victory. He completed 21 of 29 passes for 306 yards and a touchdown. He did not get much from the ground game (Todd Gurley rushed for 40 yards), but he really didn’t need it. The two pick-six’s certainly helped, but Goff was solid and consistent.
The Seattle Seahawks traveled to Green Bay and could not get anything going on offense against the Packers. Russell Wilson threw for 158 yards, and led the team with 40 rushing yards. Chris Carson ended up getting the most carries, finishing with 39 yards on six carries. Eddie Lacy had five carries for three yards. The Seahawks defense shut out the Packers in the first half, but gave up back-to-back touchdowns in the third quarter. With the Seahawks offense unable to do much of anything, it was too much to overcome, with Seattle losing 17-9.
The Arizona Cardinals had the first game of the day for the NFC West, and they blew 10-0 and 17-9 leads en route to a 35-23 loss. They were giving Matthew Stafford a ton of trouble, but he had a huge fourth quarter. Detroit put up 20 points in the final frame to secure the comeback. Carson Palmer did not help matters with two interceptions in the first half, and then a pick-six in the fourth quarter that effectively put the game away.
Week 2 matchups
San Francisco 49ers @ Seattle Seahawks
Los Angeles Rams vs. Washington
Arizona Cardinals @ Indianapolis Colts
LA has a decent chance to hang onto their NFC West lead in Week 2. They face Washington at home, and while it’s far from a sure thing, I imagine Sean McVay would like to see his offense put up an impressive performance against his old team. Kirk Cousins will give the Rams defense a more significant challenge than Scott Tolzien and the Colts, but it’s a very winnable game for LA.
Meanwhile, the Seahawks host the 49ers in a game I don’t think anybody expects them to lose at home. Seattle is a 13-point favorite and the 49ers are coming off an ugly home loss to the Carolina Panthers.
Arizona plays their second straight midwest game. Scott Tolzien was benched in the Colts loss to the Rams, I’d imagine Jacoby Brissett will continue starting until Andrew Luck is available to return.