The NFC West got tighter Sunday, making Monday’s Rams-Bears showdown even bigger

Cameron DaSilva
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As if the Rams needed any more motivation heading into Monday night’s showdown with the Bears, Sunday’s results in the NFC West should provide some. The best division in the NFL looks even more impressive on Monday morning after the Cardinals knocked off the Seahawks in overtime, and the 49ers blew out the Patriots in New England.

The Seahawks still lead the way at 5-1, but the Cardinals are hot on their heels at 5-2, with the 49ers back above .500 at 4-3. The Rams sit right in the middle of Arizona and San Francisco heading into their game against the Bears on Monday Night Football, entering with a record of 4-2.

If the Rams win, they’ll pull into a tie with the Cardinals for second place in the division, though Arizona owns the tiebreaker with a 2-0 record in the NFC West. With a loss, Sean McVay’s squad will drop to last place, losing the tiebreaker with San Francisco after the Rams lost to the 49ers last week.

The Rams are every bit as talented as the other three teams in the NFC West, but they have to prove it. Their only wins are against the NFC East, having yet to beat any team outside the worst division in football.

The Seahawks may lack a statement win like the Rams, having beaten only teams that are below .500, but they boast the league’s best offense in yards and points. The Cardinals earned their best win of the season on Sunday night by beating Seattle in overtime, but they had already beaten the 49ers earlier in the season, too. The 49ers’ best win came against the Rams, and they seem to be back on track after losing key players to injury.

And then there’s Los Angeles, lacking a win against any team with more than two wins. “Statement wins” aren’t the determining factor in whether a team is a legitimate contender or not, but the Rams can prove to the rest of the NFL on Monday night that they’re not a team anyone wants to face by beating the Bears convincingly.

Without question, they’ll have plenty of chances to prove their mettle later on in the season when they play the Cardinals and Seahawks twice, the 49ers again and the Bucs in Week 11, but this is a great opportunity in prime time to show they don’t just feast on bad teams.