Only two NFC West teams were in action yesterday and neither put on a great performance. The Arizona Cardinals, tied for second place in the NFC West before the day started, blew a 14-point lead with under four minutes left yesterday, falling to the Minnesota Vikings in overtime, 27-24. In Seattle, the Seahawks didn’t bother to show up against the New York Giants. Dealing with an enormous injury list, the Hawks rolled over and played dead en route to a 41-7 loss.
Brett Favre passed for a personal-best 446 yards and two touchdowns, while adding two interceptions, against the Cardinals. Favre may have saved head coach Brad Childress’ job, at least for this week, with his late-game heroics. Adrian Peterson did his damage on the ground and in the passing game, picking up 144 total yards and two touchdowns.
The Seahawks let Giants quarterback Eli Manning do whatever he wanted at Qwest Field on Sunday. Manning threw for 290 yards and three scores on the day. Ahmad Bradshaw chipped in two rushing touchdowns and Hakeem Nicks caught six passes for 128 yards and two scores.
If Seahawks quarterback Charlie Whitehurst is the future for Seattle, it didn’t show yesterday. Whitehurst completed just over half his passes for 113 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Ben Obomanu caught a 36-yard touchdown pass late in the game to lead the Seattle receivers. Marshawn Lynch added 48 yards on the ground against a tough Giants front seven.
The Seahawks fell into a tie with the idle St. Louis Rams with the loss. Both teams sit at 4-4, one game clear of the 5-5 Arizona Cardinals. San Fransisco, even with a slow start, is only two games out of first place at 2-6. It’s clear this division is still the worst in football and that a losing record may win the NFC West this year.