NFC West rules the roost, but Cardinals pay the price.
By BRIAN BILLICKFS Arizona
Brian Billick is an acclaimed NFL game analyst for FOX Sports and a Super Bowl-winning coach.
How tough is the NFC West? The
49ers are 1-2 in the latest Power Rankings and the
Cardinals are better than two division leaders -- and still unlikely to make the playoffs.
1 Seahawks 12-2
Just beating the
Giants on the road wouldn't have been much to brag about, but completely shutting them out and doing it in the 1 p.m. ET time slot for a West Coast team is something to pat yourselves on the back about.
2 49ers 10-4 +4
Niners have now won nine of their last 11 and four straight. No team has more wins since Week 4 this season.
The Chiefs' 56 points were the second most in franchise history, and
Jamaal Charles was one touchdown shy of joining Gale Sayers, Dub Jones and Ernie Nevers as the only players to ever score six touchdowns in a single game.
7 Patriots 10-4 -3
Shane Vereen was supposed to be a difference maker in this game; instead he finished with just two carries and three receptions for a grand total of 21 yards.
8 Bengals 9-5 -1
The Bengals had a chance to overtake the No. 2 seed in the AFC. Instead, they didn't even clinch a playoff spot.
9 Cardinals 9-5 +1
The Cardinals may finish the season with a better record than two of the four NFC divisional winners ... and still miss the playoffs.