Last, but not least we have reached the NFC West to round out the divisions. With the NFC East, North and South in the books, we head to the West. The Los Angeles Rams stood tall over everyone in the division last year and they’re poised to do it again. Seattle has been the rulers for the last several years, but they have lost several key players from those teams during the offseason. San Francisco will try to make a run with Jimmy Garoppolo under center for an entire season. Arizona will have Sam Bradford under center this season and hopefully a healthy David Johnson for a season. How will things play out in the NFC West this upcoming season?
The Arizona Cardinals finished with an 8-8 record last season. With their first round draft pick, they selected their QB of the future in Josh Rosen. Larry Fitzgerald made the decision to hold off retirement and come back for another run. One of the best RBs in the league, David Johnson missed most of last season should be back in Pro Bowl form. The Cardinals brought in Sam Bradford to replace Carson Palmer, who retired this offseason. Arizona lost so much on the defensive side of the ball, which include Tyrann Mathieu who signed with the Texans. Will Bradford remain healthy for an entire season? How much will Rosen play? I’m thinking the Cardinals will fall back some and finish with an 6-10 record.
Los Angeles Rams
The Los Angeles Rams finished with a 11-5 record last season and they lost in the Wild Card round to the Falcons. The Rams were just as active as any other team in the league throughout the offseason. They gave Todd Gurley a huge contract extension, which was well-deserved. They brought in another weapon in Brandin Cooks and gave him a huge deal also. On the defensive side of the ball, they still need to sign Aaron Donald who’s the bet defensive player in the game. To hold down the secondary, they traded for Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters. With all the changes, can the Rams make that leap and make a Super Bow run? This season they’ll finish with a 11-5 record but will be a much better team.
San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers finished with a 6-10 record last season and at the bottom of the division. The final half of the season showed the 49ers a glimpse of hope. Jimmy Garoppolo finished the season undefeated after being inserted as the starting QB. During the offseason, San Francisco resigned Marquise Goodwin with the hopes of having a career year. Jerrick McKinnon was brought in from Minnesota to replace Carlos Hyde. The big splash was made when the 49ers inked former Seahawks CB, Richard Sherman to a 3-year deal. Can Garoppolo continue his great start with the Niners? The 49ers won’t be that same team at the end of last season as they’ll finish with a 7-9 record.
The Seattle Seahawks finished with a 9-7 record last season and barely missed the playoffs. With the running game lacking ever since Marshawn Lynch left, they drafted Rashaad Penny. It was more about what they loss during the offseason from their great teams. Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor and Michael Bennett are no longer with the team. They drafted Shaquem Griffin to play with his brother and alongside Bobby Wagner. Russell Wilson was one of the best QBs in the league as he did everything for the offense. Will Seattle fall back some or will Russell Wilson lead them to another good season? This will be one of the worse seasons for the Seahawks as I see them finishing with a 6-10 record.
My 2018-2019 NFC West Prediction
- Los Angeles Rams 11-5
- San Francisco 49ers 7-9
- Arizona Cardinals 6-10
- Seattle Seahawks 6-10
What do you think about my thoughts of the NFC West this upcoming season? How do you see things playing out? Can anyone challenge the Rams for division supremacy? Leave a comment below.