Annnnddddd last, but quite possibly least, the NFC West. Last season, this was the weakest division in the NFL, with only 1 team above .500. I don’t envision that changing — the weaker the quarterbacks, the weaker the division….
Last Season’s Standings:
Seattle Seahawks: 10-5-1
Arizona Cardinals: 7-8-1
Los Angeles Rams: 4-12
San Francisco 49ers: 2-14
From worst-to-first we go….
San Francisico 49ers
You may want to buckle your seatbelts, because this ride is going to get bumpy. The 49ers will battle the New York Jets for the worst offense the NFL has ever seen. They will also battle the Jets for the worst record in the NFL. Despite John Lynch’s successful 1st offseason as 49ers’ General Manager, this team is going to be BADDDDD!! They did draft good, young talent, so NFL fans can enjoy watching their improvement, but until they find a quarterback, expect the 49ers to draft in the top-5 every year.
Key Additions: Pierre Garcon, Elvis Dumervil, Malcolm Smith
Key Losses: Antoine Bethea, Glenn Dorsey, Torrey Smith
Los Angeles Rams
They can move across the country. They can change their name. Hell, they can even change their hair color and get a tattoo. Nothing will keep them from stinkin’ up the joint. The Los Angeles Rams (I’m still getting used to that) would have a solid defense IF Aaron Donald would show up. But Dave, he’s just one guy. I’m aware. But that ONE GUY happens to be the best defensive player in the NFL. Their offensive line is key. They must give Jared Goff time to find his new wide receivers, Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods. And they must provide running lanes for the super-talented Todd Gurley. Until those things happen, the Rams offense will stall, like a beat-up, old car.
Key Additions: Robert Woods, Andre Whitworth, Sammy Watkins (Trade)
Key Losses: Kenny Britt, Greg Robinson, T.J. Mcdonald
Everyone on the Arizona Cardinals is another year older. Profound right?? Cardinals quarterback, Carson Palmer, is 109. Seriously though, he’ll be 38 years old before season’s end. Larry Fitzgerald (34) is no Spring chicken either. This team will rely heavily on star running-back David Johnson. They will also hope and pray Johnson can repeat his performance from last season, 2,118 total yards and 20 total touchdowns. I’m sure there will be similar hoping and praying going on with the #1 overall pick in Fantasy Football drafts.
Key Additions: Jarvis Jones, Karlos Dansby, Antoine Bethea
Key Losses: D.J Swearinger, Calais Campbell, Jaron Brown
Who knew the New York Jets would play a role in someone winning football games?? Not me. Friday afternoon, the Jets parted ways with Sheldon Richardson, trading him to the Seattle Seahawks. Despite being a malcontent, Richardson is a special talent. He’ll help strengthen an already stellar defensive line. The only question is, how bad is this offensive line?? NFL experts project this offensive line to be one of the worst in the league. If Russell Wilson is afforded any time to throw, or room to run, this division will be a walk in the park.
Key Additions: Eddie Lacy, Luke Joeckel, Sheldon Richardson (Trade)
Key Losses: John Jenkins, Jermaine Kearse, Steven Hauschka
This Season’s Predictions:
Seattle Seahawks: 11-5
Arizona Cardinals: 7-9
Los Angeles Rams: 5-11
San Francisco 49ers: 3-13
As a whole, the NFC West stinks.
The Seahawks will win this division by default.
“That’s all I have to say about that.”
Who will win the NFC West?? Post your predictions in the comment section below.
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