NFL Predictions: NFC West

Like the NFC South, there is not much to talk about as the Los Angeles Rams are clearly the best team in the division. The Rams are looking to bounce from their Super Bowl loss last season where they did not score a single touchdown only putting up three points in the game. The Rams have arguably the best offense in the NFL led by arguably the best offensive player in the NFL with Todd Gurley and the best defensive player in Aaron Donald. The Rams loaded roster will surely make them a contender to get back to the Super Bowl again this season and possibly win it this time around. Since we know the NFC West will clearly be won by the Rams, lets see how the rest of the division will play out.

Los Angeles Rams: 13-3

As I have previously stated, the Rams will easily win the NFC West as they are without a doubt the best, most talented team in the division. There is not much to talk about when it comes to the Rams and the NFC West what we do need to talk about is the Rams and their chances of getting back to the Super Bowl. For the Rams to get to the Super Bowl, they will have some work to do on the defensive end. Last season, the Rams ranked 25th in the NFL in passing touchdowns allowed, 23rd in rushing yards allowed, and last in yards allowed per attempt. If the Rams are able to tighten up in these areas while continue to develop their offense, the Rams have a great chance of ending this season holding up the Lombardi Trophy.

Seattle Seahawks: 9-7

Coming in at second in the NFC West is the Seattle Seahawks. In the seven seasons Russell Wilson has been the starting quarterback with the Seahawks, the team has only missed the postseason once. This year’s team is drastically different on the offensive end as other than Russell Wilson, only one other player has been with the Seahawks for longers than five seasons. The Seahawks will also be a different from teams in years past on the defensive end as they have moved on from the era of their Legion of Boom defense. The Seahawks have drafted six different defensive players in the 2019 NFL Draft. There may be some learning curves for the Seahawks when it comes to building chemistry as a result of the changes made to their roster, but I still expect them to have a solid season and be in contention for a playoff appearance.

San Francisco 49ers: 6-10

Well the cat’s out the bag I have the NFC West standings in the same order as last season. The San Francisco 49ers will finish third place in the division and look to bounce back with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo back in the lineup. Garoppolo missed all but three games last season following an ACL injury. Garoppolo will be entering the second year of a five year $137.5 million with the 49ers and his third season with the team overall. In Garoppolo’s eight games with the 49ers, he has a 6-2 record although he was 1-2 with the 49ers last season. I can see him having a promising season this upcoming season but I do not see it making much of a difference when it comes to the Niners overall record.

Arizona Cardinals: 4-12

Finishing in last place in the NFC West will be the Arizona Cardinals. The Cards are locked in a rebuild where it may take a few seasons to find their footing. The Cardinals have taken some steps in the right direction in their rebuild with their number overall pick quarterback Kyler Murray leading the way. In addition to Murray, they also brought in first year head coach Kliff Kingsbury who previously coach collegiately for the Texas Tech Red Raiders football program from 2013-2018. This coach-quarterback duo will look to lead the Cards back to prominence and back to the postseason for the first time since 2015. Until then, the Cardinals will go through some growing pains and will have to endure some losing seasons before they are able to compete again.

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