Two things to know about the top two teams in the NFC West: They are 0-2-1 against the St. Louis Rams, and neither has won more than three games in succession all season.
2012 Longest NFC West Win Streaks
The 49ers, winners of two straight, do not get another shot at the Rams. But a victory over Seattle in Week 16 would give them their first three-game winning streak of the season. It would also put them in position to take a four-game winning streak into the playoffs.
The Seahawks had not won more than two games consecutively all season before their 50-17 demolition of the Buffalo Bills in Week 15. Their current three-game streak is the longest active one in the division.
Beating the 49ers would allow Seattle to join Arizona as the only NFC West teams to win four in a row this season.
Which brings us to the Rams. They had won three in a row before suffering a 36-22 home defeat to Minnesota on Sunday. This defeat was the Rams' third in their last four at the Edward Jones Dome. Green Bay and the New York Jets also beat them there. What to make of it? Bernie Miklasz and I discussed that subject and a few others around the division during our latest weekly conversation on 101ESPN St. Louis.
"In fairness to them, while there is no excuse for the lame performance they had (Sunday) being down 30-7 at halftime, they had won three pressure games in a row and that was the fourth one," Bernie said. "At some point, I have to remind myself this is still the youngest team in the league and they're still in a rebuilding mode. Maybe to ask them to win four pressure games in a row might be a little tough."
That is the reasonable view. It's just tough accepting home defeats against flawed opponents from a team that is 4-0-1 in the division, including 1-0-1 against the 49ers.