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NFC West Roundup: Nobody Taking Wins For Granted

It's probably safe to say that most people looked at the NFC West at the beginning of the season and considered it a rather open competition for the division title and a playoff berth.

For those unconcerned with the Seattle Storm's WNBA success, the parity (or mediocrity?) of the NFC West provided some semblance of hope for Seattle fans eager to support a winner.

Right now, it's fair to say that the division is still quite wide open. Well, if the Niners firing offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye actually helps them win a game.

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So, where do the 49ers go from here? Where to go after that rather humiliating loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, in which every facet of the 49ers core game was outmatched and dominated. We had poor play from the offensive line, the receivers, the tight ends, the running backs, the quarterback, the linebackers, defensive line, corners, safeties ... am I missing anybody? Oh yeah, the head coach, the offensive coordinator, the defensive coordinator. We're an 0-3 football team, and something needs to change,

Although things aren't quite as dismal in Arizona and St. Louis, they don't exactly sound cocky either.

The Cardinals escaped with a victory after Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski - yes, the kicker who was worth a first round pick - missed what amounted to a chip shot as time ran out. Arizona did just about everything in their power to lose and it's not exactly like they're unappreciative of their good fortune.

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Did the Cardinals play well in their win? No, not at all. Did I see room for improvement? Yes. Right now it's hard to say what direction this team is going, especially with a tough road game in San Diego next week. For now we'll focus on the good, which are the players that are up for Cardinal of the week.

The Rams were just as appreciative of their win against the Washington Redskins and though there is plenty of reason for optimism, when you've been at the bottom for a while you learn how to fully appreciate every win.

Turf Show Times - For St. Louis Rams Fans
Skies of fire. Raining brimstone. Flying pigs. Hell freezing over.

In past years all of these would be about as likely to happen as the Rams pulling off a win at home. Yet yesterday the Edward Jones Dome came alive for the first Rams home victory since 2008. The defense and offense both made big plays and performed at a level the likes of which we hadn't seen since the days of an American-owned Anheuser-Busch. We should temper our hopes: we are probably not winning this Super Bowl (although who knows about next season!). Yet even though the injuries keep piling up, optimism should flow freely; the Rams have a bright future ahead of them.

Given that nobody in the division was even ranked in ESPN's Top 20 before this weekend, nobody in the division is really in a position to take wins for granted.

That will either make the divisional race exciting or a comedy of errors and luck.