Can the Seahawks dig themselves out of the 0-2 hole in the NFL’s NFC West?

Seattle SeahawksOne of the biggest stories at the start of this NFL season is that the Seahawks are occupying the basement of the NFC West. The team that won the 48th Superbowl, and should have won the 49th Superbowl have given themselves an uphill struggle to reach Superbowl 50. Is the mass hysteria justified, or will the Seahawks fly back on course in and reach the playoffs?

The context to the Seahawks’ losses is certainly the most important thing to analyse before declaring them a team in meltdown. The two losses have both been on the road, to the Green Bay Packers and St Louis Rams. The Packers are a formidable force, especially at home with Aaron Rogers in the kind of mood that saw him throw 9 for 9 and 91 yards in the 4th quarter. The Rams have been the Seahawks’ bogey team and the season opening loss marks the second time in two years Seattle have lost at the death in St Louis. Both of these losses were not expected, but they were predictable. The Seahawks have got fellow 0-2 strugglers Detroit and Chicago in their next two home games, and a probable 2-2 position in two weeks time looks likely, and a lot less dreadful.

Turning an 0-2 into a positive record is one thing, but winning enough games to dispatch all of their NFC West rivals is another. One of their rivals, the 49ers, will probably be out of the playoff picture in a month judging by their cataclysmic capitulation at the hands of Pittsburgh Steelers last time out. Yes, they have Colin Kaepernick, but too many question marks surrounding him. Another rival, the Rams, started the annual “it’s going to be their year” bandwagon when beating the Seahawks. But a weak performance against a poor Washington team has threatened to derail them already. The Seahawks have enough to haul themselves back above those two, which only leads the Arizona Cardinals to deal with… The Cardinals fell short when Carson Palmer got injured last season, but now with him back and an impressive 2-0 start they are looking ominous. Larry Fitzgerald has 199 receiving yards in 2 games, and their dynamic offense looks the real deal.

The Seahawks have given a 2-win head start to the Cardinals, and that is too much for a team with an offense so frighteningly productive. The NFC West culminates with a week 17 matchup between; you guessed it, the Seahawks and Cardinals. That could well be the decider, but watch this space – one bird will be flying on top of the NFC West in January, and I think it might just be a Cardinal.

 

 

Scott AvatarSCOTT SIMPKIN is a UK sports journalist with a growing interest in sports in the US, particularly American football and baseball. He has previously contributed to publications including Palatinate Online and FourFourTwo.

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Cardinals dreaming of Super Bowl at home!

Cardinals dreaming of the Super Bowl!

The Cardinals could be playing in the Super Bowl in front of their home fans.

After picking up three wins in their first three games this season, the Arizona Cardinals have without a doubt been one of the major surprises in the young NFL season and with February’s Super Bowl showdown taking place in their own University of Phoenix Stadium motivation is extra high to keep the run going.

Week 3 saw coach Bruce Arian’s team underline their intent by beating one of the nation’s top teams, NFC West rival San Francisco – and that with their second-string quarterback at the helm. Arizona’s original starter Carson Palmer has missed the last two games with a shoulder injury, but stand-in Drew Stanton has looked the part, playing conservative yet mistake-free football to pick up two wins.

The Cardinals enjoyed a week off in Week 4 and return this Sunday to face a true test of their Super Bowl credentials – a trip to last season’s AFC champion Denver. The Broncos with superstar Peyton Manning leading the way suffered an OT defeat in their Super Bowl rematch with the Seattle Seahawks last time out, but started the season with wins over both the Colts and the Chiefs and are a test for anyone in their own Mile High Stadium.

Arizona started the 2012 season at 4-0 before going on to amazingly lose their next nine(!) games, but this year’s vintage looks as though it has the quality to avoid another such disastrous collapse. Everyone at the franchise is insisting on taking the season one game at a time, but there can be little doubt that the thought of a Super Bowl appearance at home is lingering in their minds!

NFL Week 5: Arizona Cardinals @ Denver Broncos Betting Odds

Arizona Cardinals 3.9
Denver Broncos 1.28

To win the Super Bowl Betting Odds:

Seattle Seahawks    4.5
Denver Broncos      5.5
Cincinnati Bengals  11.0
Arizona Cardinals   21.0

All odds provided by allyoubet.ag are accurate as of today and subject to change

CHRIS I. (tipsterchris) is a European sports blogger who’s hooked on football — both NFL American football and European football.  Chris discusses betting tips and trends and includes betting odds in his regular posts at BI