The St. Louis Rams’ blowup in Detroit Sunday was just the latest in a succession of games where NFC West teams are barely competitive on the road.
In 10 games thus far, only Arizona has been able to win on the road, and that was in the season opener in St. Louis. The overall road record for NFC West teams in 1-9. Since that game, the Cardinals lost on the road to Atlanta 41-7 and San Diego 41-10. The Rams are 0-2 on the road, losing to Oakland 16-14 and to Detroit 44-6.
San Francisco has lot to Seattle 31-6, Kansas City 31-10 and Atlanta 16-14. Seattle has fallen to Denver 31-14 and the Rams, 20-3.
In six of the games, the home team has scored at least 30 points and in three games 40 or more. No road team has scored more than 17 points in any game and four times the road team scored seven or less. Overall, the Rams have been outscored 60-20, the Cardinals 95-34, the 49ers 78-30 and the Seahawks 51-17. That’s a combined score of 284-101.
The eventual winner of the division could come down to which team can manage to some road games. If that doesn’t happen, an 8-8 division winner wouldn’t be surprising, or even worse, 7-9.
Here are the remaining road games for each team:
St. Louis Rams: Tampa Bay, San Francisco, Denver, Arizona, New Orleans, Seattle.
Arizona Cardinals: Seattle, Minnesota, Kansas City, Carolina, San Francisco.
San Francisco 49ers: Carolina, Denver (London), Arizona, Green Bay, San Diego, St. Louis.
Seattle Seahawks: Chicago, Oakland, Arizona, New Orleans, San Francisco, Tampa Bay