So I was in Las Vegas the other day and saw that our odds to win the division have doubled from 4-1 at the beginning of the season to 8-1 currently. This can be attributed in large part to the Intradivisional competition. The unanticipated solid quality of play from both the Rams and the Cards has currently recalibrated expectations for all teams in the NFC West.
8-1 are pretty steep odds considering that we are only one game behind division leading San Francisco and 2 games (tiebreaker) behind Az. Rightly or INCORRECTLY, I think most of us are assuming an Icarus like fall from grace after the Phoenix like rise of the AZ Cards. But what of San Francisco?
If we are to compete and win the NFC West, I am thinking we will need to finish 11-5 possibly even 12-4. I wouldnt expect us to go 8-3 from this point forward unless everything clicks and our defense is truly better than even we understand (which is conceivable with Wagner and Irvin's play of late) A tall order, but not inconceivable.
The question becomes: Where do the Niners accumulate their losses?
The season is still young and alot WILL happen.
But 8-1 looks pretty good to me.
What do you guys think? Is the Division honestly out of reach in your mind?
Have you resigned yourself to a fight for a Wild Card??