After two weeks of play, the NFC West has looked extremely poor. The San Francisco 49ers are at the bottom of that pile with an 0-2 record, while the Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams all sit at 1-1.
It’s worth noting, though, that none of those wins were particularly encouraging, fun to watch or good in any way.
The Seahawks and 49ers played an incredibly ugly game and Russell Wilson put together a single, solitary heroic drive to give them the victory. They definitely shouldn’t get any slack for how poorly they played for the prior three quarters, and I don’t think anybody is giving it to them.
Arizona allowed a Matthew Stafford multi-touchdown fourth quarter comeback in Week 1, and in Week 2 barely beat the Indianapolis Colts in overtime. Everybody watching that game was begging for it to end, but it went on, eventually ending in overtime in favor of the Cardinals, 16-13.
Los Angeles beat up those same Colts in Week 1, badly. It wasn’t close, and the Rams have that to hang on to after losing a stinker against Kirk Cousin and Washington. Jared Goff had a pretty terrible interception in that game, and it wasn’t as close as the final score indicates.
Seattle, having beaten a divisional rival, lead the division. They will travel to take on the Tennessee Titans in Week 3. Arizona returns home to host the Dallas Cowboys before taking on the 49ers in Week 4. And the Rams will hit the road to take on the 49ers in Week 3.
I don’t expect any of them to be good games.