By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63
There was a ton of excitement from these division teams last week including one team ended with a tie to break in the season. But even though the underdogs of this division lost, they proved that they can give the opposing team a run for their money.
Each of the NFC West games this week may not be so concrete as who will win their matchup.
LA Rams vs Saints/Sunday, 4:25pm ET
Why not start Week 2 with an exciting game as it will be a rematch of the controversial game from last season’s playoffs. Remember, it was the bad pass interference call that cost the Saints the game and sent the Rams to the Super Bowl. But now with the new rule change of reviewing pass interference calls, let’s see if the game can stay clean with these two teams.
The Rams are favored to win by 2.5 points (via footballlocks.com) but if Rams quarterback Jared Goff continues to struggle with the long ball, it may be QB Drew Brees show, but I have the Rams winning this one by a small margin.
AZ Cardinals vs Ravens/Sunday, 1:00pm ET
Ravens QB1 Lamar Jackson played the best football of his NFL career last week, throwing for five touchdowns and 405 yards. On the flip side, QB Kyler Murray took the Cardinals trailing in the second half and brought them to an overtime fight with the Detroit Lions, only to end in a tie.
It doesn’t look like it will be the same type of game against a tough Ravens defense. The Ravens are 13 point favorites and I would have to agree. Murray will struggle against the defense as he goes through the NFL growing pains. Ravens win this one.
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) September 9, 2019
Seahawks vs Steelers/Sunday, 1:00pm ET
The Seattle Seahawks beat the Cincinnati Bengals by the skin of their teeth. QB Andy Dalton was rejuvenated and kept it a close game, but QB Russell Wilson and gang pulled a win out of the sky. Against the Pittsburgh Steelers (who played a clunker of a game last week against the New England Patriots), I expect them to bounce back at Heinz Field.
I predict it to be a close game, but with better results for the Steelers. Last week Dalton was able to attack through the air for 418 yards; Ben Roethlisberger should do the same. Steelers take this one by a close margin.
49ers vs Bengals/Sunday, 1:00pm ET
No one expected Andy Dalton, The Red Rifle, to make his comeback, but that’s who showed up against the Seahawks. But will he have the same gun-slinging precision against the 49ers? Well, Dalton threw for 418 yards and 2 TDs, while QB Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 1 TD and 166 yards. With the receiving weapons that Dalton has and a strong run game, Cincy can win this at home. Even without wide receiver A.J. Green, WR John Ross has stepped in quite nicely to take the bullets.
This may be a surprising game if Garoppolo can cut down on the fumbles and get the rust out. If he does, it will be a real close game at some point. However, Cincy wins this one at home.
#49ers Jimmy Garoppolo finished the game 18/27, 166 yards, 1 TD, and 1 INT.
How would you rate his performance ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/xyfECrtivU
— ourSF49ers (@OSf49ers) September 9, 2019
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