Things are getting interesting in the NFC West after the Rams‘ upset win of the Seahawks yesterday, as last year’s Super Bowl champs now sit at 3-3, two games behind the division-leading Cardinals. Besides playing catch-up to Arizona, the Seahawks will also have to deal with the 4-3 Niners, who have been up and down so far this season but should have defensive reinforcements, including NaVorro Bowman and Aldon Smith, returning in the second half.
As we look forward to seeing how one of the league’s most competitive divisions plays out, let’s round up a few items from out of the NFC West…
- While the Chargers and Raiders are viewed as candidates to move to Los Angeles, the Rams are considered the favorites to relocate, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, who writes that Stan Kroenke‘s piece of land at Hollywood Park would become the most likely location for a new stadium if the Rams were to head west. Florio also adds that the Chargers’ concerns about splitting the Los Angeles market could likely be resolved if the Rams or Raiders moved to L.A., perhaps by giving San Diego a larger piece of the relocation fee.
- The Percy Harvin trade, which was reported less than 48 hours before the Seahawks‘ game on Sunday, played a part in Seattle’s loss to the Rams, according to wideout Doug Baldwin (link via Terry Blount of ESPN.com). “Obviously the shock of the transaction and what took place there made for a bit of an emotional roller coaster,” Baldwin said. “When something that drastic happens, right before we get on the bus [to go to the airport for the trip], there is going to be an emotional impact. I felt we handled it to the best of our ability, but I think it might have been a factor in some way.”
- There had been whispers around the league that the Seahawks had worked out a deal to acquire running back C.J. Spiller from the Bills, but a “well-placed source” tells Tim Graham of the Buffalo News (Twitter link) that’s not true. Of course, now that Spiller has suffered a broken collarbone and will miss the rest of the season, it’s a moot point anyway.