It’s possible the Seahawks could cover ground in the NFC West Division today even while standing still. The two teams tied with the Hawks at 2-2 in the division are considered underdogs today, although division doormat San Francisco (0-4) is a 3-point home favorite over Philadelphia.
Arizona hosts New Orleans, which is now 3-1 and a little unsteady with an overtime loss to Atlanta and a narrow 16-14 win at home over Carolina. The Saints are favored by seven as the Cardinals go with undrafted rookie quarterback Max Hall. The Cardinals have been outscored by 60 points in four games (only Buffalo at minus-64 has a bigger deficit).
Although the Rams are 2-2, they’re 3-point underdogs at Detroit (0-4). They’re going for their third straight win. The only favorite in the division today is San Francisco, the team with no wins this season. The 0-4 Niners play host to the Eagles and are a 3-point favorite. The 2-2 Eagles continue to deal with quarterback drama as Kevin Kolb is set to return to the starting role.
As for other teams’ byes, Arizona is off next week when the Hawks go to Chicago. St. Louis and San Francisco have byes on Nov. 7. An interesting scheduling situation this season has the Hawks playing Arizona twice within a month, on Oct. 24 (Seattle) and Nov. 14 (Arizona). The Seahawks, then, are done with Arizona by Week 10. Looking well down the road, we may wonder what will be the importance of the Seahawks' final game, Jan. 2, at home against St. Louis: Somewhere between total irrelevance and a duel for the division. I don't think any team is a threat to run away with this thing.