Seahawks second after bye

The Seahawks had a chance to emerge from their just-completed bye weekend in sole possession of first place in the NFC West.

It didn’t happen, but not for the reason most expected – the St. Louis Rams winning at the Detroit Lions. Instead, it was the Lions defeating the Rams – 44-6, in the seventh most lopsided score in Rams’ history; and the Arizona Cardinals defeating the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints, despite starting a rookie free agent at quarterback.

But even that quarterback – Max Hall – had to admit that the defense “deserved all the credit” for the Cardinals’ 30-20 victory. That the defense does, after returning a fumble and an interception for touchdowns – in the fourth quarter.

So it’s the Cardinals in first place at 3-2; and the Seahawks alone in second at 2-2.

It was one of those Sundays in the NFL, with the Oakland Raiders snapping a 13-game losing streak against the San Diego Chargers and the Washington Redskins beating the Green Bay Packers. Those are the same Redskins who lost to the Rams two weeks ago; and, of course, the same Rams who thumped the Seahawks last week.

Welcome back to the NFC West, as the Seahawks begin preparing today for this week’s game against the Bears in Chicago. The 4-1 Bears, who beat the Panthers 23-6 in Carolina on Sunday despite Todd Collins throwing four interceptions while subbing for concussed QB Jay Cutler.

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