NFC West Preview

NFC West Preview

Jarrett Bailey, Sports Writer

This will conclude the NFL Division predictions. I’ll close out with the NFC West.

  1.  Cardinals (11-5): I’m definitely buying that the Cards are for real in 2015. They have a great offense led by veteran QB Carson Palmer. Wide Receiver Larry Fitzgerald may be nearing the end of his playing days, but is still a fan-favorite in Arizona and among one of the NFL’s best. Alongside Fitz is Michael Floyd, who is slowly making his way up the ranks. On defense, I could talk about their secondary for hours. I love Patrick Peterson and “The Honey Badger” Tyrann Mathieu. They are both incredible talents and a huge part of this defense. Overall, I think the Cardinals come away with the division title for the first time in I don’t know how long.
  2. Seahawks (10-6): The Seahawks are having a slow start, but they had one last year as well, and look what happened there. Kam Chancellor is back on D, and this offense with Russell Wilson and Beast Mode Marshawn Lynch with New acquisition Jimmy Graham at tight end, I like the Seahawks at cracking a wildcard birth.
  3. Rams (10-6): The Rams have a new QB in Nick Foles, a guy who is more than capable of leading this team. Their receivers are young, but very talented and poised. I love Brian Quick and Stedman Bailey, along with Kenny Brit. These three make up a very dangerous group that will give defenses headaches all year long. The rams have the best D-line in football, in my opinion. Chris Long, Aaron Donald, Robert Quinn, and Michael Brockers are an elite group that torment offensive lines week in and week out. I think that three teams from the NFC West will make the playoffs, and the Rams, for the first time in a long time, will be one of them.
  4. 49ers (6-10): The 49ers had one of the most miserable off-seasons in NFL history. They lost their head coach, two of their star defensive players (Patrick Willis and Justin Smith) to retirement, and Aldon Smith was released following another D.U.I arrest. But, even after all of that, they still have a team full of talent. Colin Kaepernick is still at the helm and now has Torrey Smith at receiver alongside Anquan Boldin. With Carlos Hyde in the backfield, the offense is more than fine. Defensively is where the Niners will struggle. With Aldon Smith, Patrick Willis, and Justin Smith gone, it will be up to NaVorro Bowman to anchor this defense that has lost a ton of talent. The defense is what will be the Achilles heel of the 49ers this season, but if all goes well, next season should be one of success.
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