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NFC West standings: Seahawks keep pace with Rams, Cardinals achieve full irrelevancy

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NFL: Seattle Seahawks at New York Giants Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Seahawks moved to 4-2 on the 2017 NFL season with a 24-7 road win over the hapless New York Giants. Despite Seattle’s numerous self-inflicted errors, they won comfortably, and are just 12 game back of the 5-2 Los Angeles Rams, who destroyed the Arizona Cardinals 33-0 in London.

Week 7 fully established that the Cardinals aren’t a playoff team, and the long-term injury to Carson Palmer is just further confirmation of their demise. For the first time since 2010, the Rams are in serious contention to win the NFC West, and it’s the first time since 2004 that it’s a prolonged two-horse race between the Rams and Seahawks.

Meanwhile, down in Santa Clara, the San Francisco 49ers finally avoided losing another agonizingly close game, although getting wiped out 40-10 by the Dallas Cowboys is less preferable than actually winning. San Francisco is now 0-7 on the season.

NFC West Standings

Los Angeles Rams: 5-2 (2-1 vs. NFCW)

Seattle Seahawks: 4-2 (2-0 vs. NFCW)

Arizona Cardinals: 3-4 (1-1 vs. NFCW)

San Francisco 49ers: 0-7 (0-3 vs. NFCW)

There’s no point in highlighting what Arizona and San Francisco have lined up for them, but I’ll include their November schedules for completion’s sake.

Los Angeles Rams

10/29: Bye
11/5: at New York Giants, 10 AM PT
11/12: vs. Houston Texans, 1:05 PM PT
11/19: at Minnesota Vikings, 10 AM PT
11/26: vs. New Orleans Saints, 1:05 PM PT

Seattle Seahawks

10/29: vs. Houston Texans, 1:05 PM PT
11/5: vs. Washington Redskins, 1:05 PM PT
11/9 (Thu): at. Arizona Cardinals, 5:25 PM PT
11/20 (Mon): vs. Atlanta Falcons, 5:30 PM PT
11/26: at San Francisco 49ers, 1:05 PM PT

Arizona Cardinals

10/29: Bye
11/5: at San Francisco 49ers, 1:05 PM PT
11/9 (Thu): vs. Seattle Seahawks, 5:25 PM PT
11/19: at Houston Texans, 10 AM PT
11/26: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1:25 PM PT

San Francisco 49ers

10/29: at Philadelphia Eagles, 10 AM PT
11/5: vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1:05 PM PT
11/12: vs. New York Giants, 1:25 PM PT
11/19: Bye
11/26: vs. Seattle Seahawks, 1:05 PM PT

In short: All the Seahawks need to do is have at least an equal record to the Rams, and their head-to-head tiebreaker will assure them of first-place heading into December. Seattle hosts the Rams on December 15th, which is week 15 (game 14).