Posted by Danny O'Neil
There are a lot of adjectives you can apply to the NFC West, the most euphemistic of them being "competitive."
Two games separate the four teams in the standings, and given the fact that none of those four teams are currently above .500, it promises to be exciting if nothing else.
The easiest remaining schedule? Arizona, far and away. The Cardinals play three of the next five at home and the only way they'll play a team with a winning record the rest of the way is if the 49ers win four in a row and are 8-7 entering Week 16.
The Cardinals also have the most ground to make up. They trail by two games, and likely would have to finish a full game ahead of Seattle to reach the playoffs since the Seahawks own a head-to-head tiebreaker by virtue of their two wins. If those two teams were part of a three-way tie for first place, division record becomes the first tiebreaker. The Cardinals are 1-3 in the division -- the worst division record of all NFC West teams -- while at 3-2 in the division, Seattle has the best.
But we'll have plenty of time to monitor the race as it develops. For now, here's the start of playoff watch:
Dec 24 - 6:10 AM Looking back: Revisiting Sunday's scouting report
Dec 24 - 1:09 AM Seahawks' scoring binge
Dec 24 - 1:01 AM Video: Summing Seattle's victory
Dec 24 - 12:58 AM Video: Russell Wilson post-game comments
Dec 24 - 12:21 AM Rookie passing roll call