The Cardinals lost their division lead to the Rams in Week 16. Despite three straight losses, the Cardinals can still win the NFC West.
The Arizona Cardinals are in the postseason and will be at least a wild card team after their final two games of the regular season. However, for the first time this season, they now trail in the NFC West standings. They are one game behind the Los Angeles Rams.
The Rams overtook the Cardinals with a 30-23 win over the Minnesota Vikings, improving to 11-4, while the Cardinals lost 22-16 to the Indianapolis Colts, dropping them to 10-5.
With two games to go in the regular season, the Cardinals can still win the NFC West.
There are two scenarios.
In one, the Cardinals must win both remaining games, on the road against the Dallas Cowboys and at home against the Seattle Seahawks. The Rams must lose at least one of their final two games, on the road against the Baltimore Ravens or at home against the San Francisco 49ers. The Cardinals would be 12-5 and the Rams either are 12-5 or 11-6. If the Rams finish 12-5 with the Cardinals, Arizona wins the division with a 5-1 division record over L.A.’s 4-2.
In the other, if the Rams lose their final two games, the Cardinals can lose to Dallas and still win the division by beating the Seahawks. They would both be 11-6 but the Cardinals win by the divisional tiebreaker again.
Of course, with the Cardinals having lost their last three games and the Rams having won their last four, unless something changes quickly, it feels like how the standings are is how they will finish in two weeks.
The final three games for both the Rams and Cardinals will be playoff-like atmospheres.
The Arizona Cardinals are 10-4 with three games to go in the regular season. For the third straight week, they are a win away from clinching their first playoff spot since 2015.
However, they have lost two straight games and no longer have any leeway in the NFC West.
They and the Los Angeles Rams are both 10-4 and the Cardinals hold a division tiebreak currently.
With three games left, their magic number to clinch the division is four.
They now must keep pace with the Rams or risk blowing the division lead they have held practically all season.
Their slate of remaining games is tough, too. It is a playoff-like atmosphere.
They host the Indianapolis Colts Saturday night. The Colts are battling for the AFC South division lead and have won five of their last six games. They are on their way to the playoffs.
Then they travel to play the NFC East-leading Dallas Cowboys, who are also 10-4.
They close the season at home against the 5-9 Seattle Seahawks, who would love to do nothing more than to spoil the Cardinals’ season.
The easiest way to ensure a division title is winning all three of their remaining games on the schedule.
They might need to.
If they do, the Rams can’t overtake them. The Cardinals will have gone 5-1 in the division and clinched that tiebreaker.
The Rams’ schedule isn’t easy, either. They are on the road this week against the Minnesota Vikings, who are the No. 7 seed and final wild card team currently. The Rams will face them on a short week, having played Tuesday night.
Then they go to Baltimore to play the Ravens and finish the season at home against the red-hot San Francisco 49ers, who already beat them earlier this season.
If the Cardinals beat the Colts and the Vikings beat the Rams, the Cardinals’ magic number drops to one, meaning one Cardinals win or Rams loss in the final two weeks clinches the division.
If that doesn’t happen, the race will probably come down to two divisional games in Week 18.
Either way, thanks to recent losses, the Cardinals have made things much more difficult.
With a playoff atmosphere in the final three games and must-win games to avoid losing their lead, we will find out what this team is made of.
The Cardinals and the Rams are now both 10-4 with three games left in the season.
The Arizona Cardinals lost their second straight game on Sunday, an embarrassing 30-12 defeat to the Detroit Lions, who entered the week 1-11-1. However, after Week 15 concluded, they were still in first place in the NFC West, even though the Los Angeles Rams tied them with their 10-4 record.
Here is what the NFC West now looks like entering Week 16.
Arizona Cardinals, 10-4
Los Angeles Rams, 10-4
San Francisco 49ers, 8-6
Seattle Seahawks, 5-9
The Cardinals maintain their first-place position because of a divisional record tiebreaker. The Cardinals and Rams split their season series 1-1, but the Cardinals are 4-1 in the division, while the Rams are 3-2, each with one game to go in the NFC West in Week 18.
Let’s look at what happened in Week 15 in the division and what is coming up.
A look at the NFC West and the division race with four games remaining in the regular season.
The NFC West is getting a little more interesting. The Arizona Cardinals still sit atop the division and are in the driver’s seat but everyone else below them closed the gap by a game. The Cardinals lost their Week 14 game and the rest of the division won.
Here is what the division standings look like entering Week 15:
Arizona Cardinals, 10-3
Los Angeles Rams, 9-4
San Francisco 49ers, 7-6
Seattle Seahawks, 5-8
Let’s look at what happened for each team and what is coming up this week.
Only three teams remain with a shot at the NFC West division title after Week 13. The Cardinals hold a two-game lead over the Rams and the Seahawks were eliminated.
There are five games and five weeks remaining in the regular season and the NFC West is still very much up for grabs, although one team has been eliminated from contention for the division title.
The Arizona Cardinals won for the 10th time this season and remain in the division lead.
Here are the current division standings entering Week 14.
Arizona Cardinals 10-2
Los Angeles Rams 8-4
San Francisco 49ers 6-6
Seattle Seahawks 4-8
The Cardinals maintain a two-game lead over the Rams, while the Seahawks are no longer in contention for the division title. The best they can do is 9-8 if they win all their remaining games, while the Cardinals already have 10.
Let’s take a look at what happened for each team last weekend and what is coming up in Week 14.