2018 NFC West Division Preview

Last Season:

Los Angeles Rams: 11-5

Seattle Seahawks: 9-7

Arizona Cardinals: 8-8

San Francisco 49ers: 6-10

2018 Season Outlook:

Los Angeles Rams: The Rams have probably the most talented roster in the league with Pro-Bowlers and potential Pro-Bowlers scattered throughout their team. This past offseason was a game changer for them as they acquired Brandin Cooks, Aqib Talib, Marcus Peters, Sam Shields, and Ndamukong Suh, who are all elite level players. The only foreseeable problem for the Rams will be how Sean McVey can handle a locker room filled with volatile personalities that are likely to clash. Regardless, put the Rams as one of the only locks to win their division.

San Francisco 49ers: The Niners are a developing team with an extremely high ceiling that I like to place 2nd in the division this year. The Jimmy G and Kyle Shanahan combo is a scary duo that should make defensive coordinators very nervous. San Francisco went 4-0 with Garappolo and improved in basically every offensive statistical category including going from 21st in offensive yards/game all the way to third. In addition, they have a strong defense ,with the likes of Richard Sherman, that should be able to keep teams out of the end zone.

Seattle Seahawks: I think Seattle has a chance to be at the bottom of this division but I have too much confidence in Russell Wilson. Everything that could’ve possibly went wrong for Seattle went wrong: Kam Chancellor retired, Richard Sherman signed with the 49ers, Jimmy Graham signed with the Packers, and Earl Thomas wants out. They still have a terrible offensive line and their wide receiving core, although led by Doug Baldwin, is mediocre at best. I think Seattle can still win a good amount of games at home but their window is closing.

Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals have a talented, but aging lineup with paper mache at quarterback. Even though I really like Josh Rosen’s accuracy and pocket presence, he will be most likely thrown into a toxic starting job when Sam Bradford gets injured(it will happen). They lost Tyrann Mathieu but still have a formidable defense led by Chandler Jones, the NFL’s leader in sacks last season. However, their tough schedule and injury-ridden lineup should limit them throughout the season.

Los Angeles Rams: 12-4

San Francisco 49ers: 9-7

Seattle Seahawks: 7-9

Arizona Cardinals: 6-10

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