As this Premier League season is one match past the midpoint and takes a break this weekend for FA Cup play -- for which Spurs have drawn an away match against rival Arsenal -- it's a natural point to stop and take stock of where the club is.
With Manchester United's defeat of Arsenal, Tottenham's home loss proved to be the difference between rising to third in the table and sinking to seventh. Manchester City keeps bleeding points on the road yet lurks a point behind in eighth.
The win will wash away some of the bad taste left from Tottenham's shocker of a loss to the Hammers, which stands as the difference between fifth in the table (where Spurs now sit) and first (where they would be had they defeated West Ham).
Heading into last week's match against Chelsea, many around the league were talking up Tottenham's title chances. After this weekend's debacle against lowly West Ham, it's hard to see Spurs as legitimate contenders for even a Top 4 finish.
By now, we can see a familiar pattern emerging for Spurs, that of the two center mids in Paulinho and Moussa Dembele and center halves Jan Vertonghen and Michael Dawson dominating the middle of the pitch.