While the Seahawks don’t play until Sunday, there’s a big game in the NFC West tonight as the 1-2 49ers play at the 1-2 Rams.
Here’s a preview.
And the obvious implication for the Seahawks is that they will have a two-and-a-half game lead over one of the two teams as they head to Houston, with a chance to make it three by the end of the weekend.
And if that team that falls to 1-3 tonight is the 49ers, is the NFC West Division race already just about over?
Seems absurd to ask, maybe, that the Seahawks could already have a division race wrapped up against a team that a year ago made it to the Super Bowl, and a few weeks ago was still considered by many as maybe the most talented team in the league.
A few Seahawks themselves have pointed out that Arizona a year ago started out 4-0 while the Seahawks were 2-2, and that later in the year it was the 49ers who were 8-2-1 late in the year while Seattle was 6-5, with the Seahawks roaring back to keep the race in doubt to the final day.
So yes, it would still be really early in the season and all that.
But the way the Seahawks are playing, and the flaws that the 49ers have shown to already get to this point where tonight’s game is a virtual must-win, make it tempting to wonder if we want eventually look back and think that the division was won in September.
Certainly, that we are even at the point where this is a discussion topic is surprising, given all the talk in the off-season that this could be the most competitive division race in the NFL. I think I’ll wait until later to dissect what’s gone wrong with some of the other teams to make it that so far, this division may instead be the most disappointing out of Seattle. And just as certainly, few Seahawks’ fans are sad about that fact.