Where 49ers stand in NFC West after Week 6 bye
By Peter Panacy
At least the 49ers didn’t lose in Week 6, and being on the bye week helps that, but what are the NFC West standings now with the Niners idle?
In what’s become something of a frustrating trend the past month, San Francisco 49ers fans have been forced to wake up on Monday mornings realizing their team has suffered yet another gut-punch loss.
Well, three-game losing streaks can do that sort of thing.
Fortunately, if one wants to refer to it as such, the Niners didn’t lose over the weekend and enter Monday, Oct. 18 without having to think about what happened the previous Sunday.
Bye weeks do that.
Granted, the 2-3 record over six weeks into the season isn’t something to brag about, and San Francisco will look to get back to the .500 mark with a Week 7 Sunday Night Football home bout versus the 2-4 Indianapolis Colts.
But how did the rest of the NFC West fare over the weekend?
49ers are no longer in last place in NFC West
The worst possible outcome from the 49ers’ bye week would have been if every other team within the NFC West would have won while the Niners were idle.
It almost happened, unfortunately, as the Los Angeles Rams walloped the New York Giants 38-11, while the still-undefeated Arizona Cardinals, who beat San Francisco in Week 5, pulled off a convincing 37-14 road win over the Cleveland Browns.
Only the Seattle Seahawks, sans quarterback Russell Wilson who’s on injured reserve with a finger injury, lost during the week, falling to the Pittsburgh Steelers 23-20 in overtime on Sunday Night Football.
Thank you, Pittsburgh, for not coughing that one up.
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True, the Seahawks still hold the tiebreaker over the 49ers because of what happened in Week 4. But based on the actual winning-percentage standings, the Niners now climb to third place within the NFC West, which is now as follows:
- Arizona Cardinals: 6-0
- Los Angeles Rams: 5-1
- San Francisco 49ers: 2-3
- Seattle Seahawks: 2-4
The Rams and Cardinals figure to pull off wins in Week 7, as they’ll play home games against the lowly 0-6 Detroit Lions and 1-5 Houston Texans, respectively, while the Seahawks host the 3-2 New Orleans Saints, coming off their bye week, on Monday Night Football.
At least San Francisco fans can briefly be Saints fans this upcoming week with the hope Seattle continues to tumble within the division.
But it won’t matter much if the 49ers don’t handle their own business against the Colts this upcoming weekend.