The 49ers had a very disappointing start to their season. They had a relatively easy schedule lined up with the AFC West and NFC South on the schedule, and neither of those divisions have sent a wildcard team to the playoffs in M21. But a slow start derailed their hopes early on and they’re in a position of desperation in which they need to win-out the rest of their schedule and hope the Seahawks and Cardinals fall flat. Maybe next season for the 49ers? Who knows, they have the talent on offense and defense and their coach has proven he is good enough to have this team compete with anyone. However, finding that ever elusive consistency has been their downfall so far.
After starting out the season at 2-8, the 49ers are catching fire at just the right time with 3 consecutive wins against divisional opponents to put them in position to win their division. They will need to beat the Cardinals this week to have a chance, because that’ll give the 49ers the head to head tie-breaker on them with their best hopes being a tied record at 8-8 with Arizona
Week 14: Rams: W 40-17
Week 15: Cardinals (8-5)
Week 16: Rams (1-13)
Week 17: Bears (3-10)
Team Name: Seahawks
Record: 7 – 6
Offensive Stat Leaders:
R.Wilson197/3013202 yards 18 TDs28 INTs
R.Penny179 carries1018 yards15 TDs
T.Pledger30 carries144 yards3 TDs
R.Penny62 receptions911 yards4 TDs
P.Dorsett II27 receptions661 yards2 TDs
T.Shavers26 receptions473 yards4 TDs
Defensive Stat Leaders
J. Adams 40 tackles
S. Griffin39 tackles
J. Reed4.5 sacks
S. Griffin3 sacks
M. Blair8 INTs
J. Adams5 INTs
J. Adams3 FFs
S. Griffin1 FFs
Passing offense rank: 15th
Rushing offense rank: 26th
Passing defense rank: 18th
Rushing defense rank: 14th
Points scored per game: 12th
Points allowed per game: 16th
After starting the season out as one of the hottest teams, the Seahawks have had a reality check as of late. At the moment they are still in the playoffs if they were to start right now, but this team will need to capture whatever magic they had early in the season if they want to hold on to their spot and have any success in the tournament.
With 3 big time games still left on their schedule its hard to see the Seahawks correcting the ship and securing a playoff spot. After winning the NFC West 2 seasons in a row, the Seahawks are looking like they will be sitting this playoff season out on the sidelines.
Isaiah Simmons has to be the unanimous team MVP for this season. He has put the team on his back and has played at an elite level few have seen. Playing in the NFC West, most of the league is not aware of his dominance, but they will be soon. He is dominant in the run game and impossible to throw against, making him one of the best defensive weapons in the league. Kyler Murray has struggled with interceptions, but a strong rushing attack and elite defensibe playmakers have kept this team churning forward. The Cardinals have played very well all season and are going to look to carry this momentum into the playoffs on the heels of their best season under Head Coach Goose. He did say it was only a matter of time until he figured madden out. Could this be the season we see the Cardinals come into their own and turn into contenders in the NFC?
With three games left, the Cardinals play three sub .500 teams who will all be looking to collect their content points on an upset. Though their records are subpar, these teams all have talented coaches who have shown promise. The 49ers beat the Cardinals in their previous matchup. The Cardinals will go into that game looking to prove the previous meeting was a fluke and to secure a division title. The Cowboys and Lions will be playing for pride, and they are two coaches that cannot be taken lightly.
After firing 2 head coaches before week 4 of the season, it’s not surprising to see the Rams are at the bottom of the league once again. This new coach has shown promise, but winning games with this roster is an uphill battle. This season hasn’t been that disappointing though, because this is about what you might expect from cycling through 3 head coaches in 1 season. Hopefully this offseason the Rams can use their top 5 pick to finally address their QB situation, because Jared Goff has played himself into the bottomless pit of mediocre QB Free Agency, where none of them are worth the money they want.
My crystal ball says the playoffs are not in the future for the 1-11 Rams in Madden 21. It’s no knock at this coach, but he came too late to the party with a roster that hasn’t been built up enough to compete. The Rams have cycled through too many coaches and GMs in the past 3 seasons and haven’t been able to find someone that stayed with the team long enough to develop the roster. So, now we are here at the end of season 3 and the Rams are once again looking to get the #1 pick of the draft.