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NFC West has a day to forget

Seattle Seahawks v San Diego Chargers

SAN DIEGO - AUGUST 15: Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck #8 of the Seattle Seahawks looks on before taking on the San Diego Chargers during the preseason game on August 15, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Matt Hasselbeck

Stephen Dunn

The march towards the first sub-.500 playoff team continued in the NFC West on Sunday.

The four teams lost by a combined score of 120-49.

Seattle stayed in first place at 5-5 and remains in great position to take the division. They had the best showing of the day, “only” losing 34-19 in New Orleans.

San Francisco was shut out at home, while the Cardinals lost their fifth straight game by a score of 31-13 in Kansas City. Both teams are 3-7 and amazingly remain alive for a playoff spot since seven wins could wind up being enough in the NFC West. The two face next Monday night in one of the worst primetime games in memory. That’s close to an elimination game.

The Rams fell to 4-6 after a 34-17 loss to the Falcons that was closer than the score indicated. St. Louis’ next three games are on the road and they haven’t won on the road all season.

While a seven win team could take the NFC West, it’s worth noting that a 7-3 team in the NFC wouldn’t make the playoffs if the season ended today.

Thankfully, we have six more Sundays left.