Seattle Seahawks: They finished the 2010 campaign with a dismal 7-9 record but still won the division. When I Said terrible, i meant terrible. They were lead by the arm of quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. They finished the year with the 13th best passing game in the league, however The injury prone QB is now in Tennessee. That leaves a hole to be filled for the starting QB position. They picked the former Minnesota QB, Tarvaris Jackson. He is going to have his former Minnesota target Sidney Rice catching the deep balls and with addition of Tight End Zach Miller from Oakland, the Seattle passing could be one to watch for. The running game hasn’t changed much from last season, they finished 6th overall and have a very good chance to repeat that again.The achille’s heel for the Seahawks were their defense. The finished 27th overall and didn’t make any key moves to improve on their defense at all. This season is going to be a rough one for the Hawks. I feel like they will finish with a record of 7-9 again.
Arizona Cardinals: This team had a horrible defense in 2010 and this season isn’t going to get any better for the Cards. They lost their best cornerback in a trade with the Eagles. The defense got a little weaker with that trade. You have Larry Fitzgerald on one side of the field and Steve Breston on the other side. A great one two punch in 2010. The one thing they didn’t have last year was a Quarterback. They get Kevin Kolb in that trade. They have a QB but lose one half of their passing attack. Breston is now playing in Arrowhead. On paper this team looks terrible. Maybe they can talk Kurt Warner out of retirement or even Jake Plummer since he did take them to the playoffs in the 1998. They are going to mimic the Cardinals of old and finish with a record of 3-13.
St. Louis Rams: This team was wrote off by many at the beginning of last year. I was one of the naysayers. I had no faith in the rookie QB from Oklahoma but Bradford proved me and a lot of people wrong. This season the Rams didn’t make any really huge splash in the free agent market. However, this team is young and very hungry. They finished the year at 7-9 and tied the Seahawks with the best record in the division. The schedule for St. Louis is going to be a rough one. It is not going to be a cake walk at all. They are going to have to pull a few upsets and they will. The Rams will finish this season with a record of 8-8.
San Fransisco 49ers: The offense in the city by the bay got a little shot of adrenaline during the offseason. They picked up wide out free agent Braylon Edwards. As long as he doesn’t have his normal symptoms of the dropsies, the one two punch with him and Crabtree is going to be one to reckon with. Then you add running back Frank Gore to that list, this is going to be a scary team on paper. One problem, two words, Alex Smith. You ever think the 49ers kick themselves for not drafting Aaron Rogers over the Utah QB? I would. They have a good defense and finished 13th overall in the league. On paper they look like they can win the division ,but its just not going to happen. The 49ers need a QB and until they get one, they won’t go anywhere. The 49ers will finish with a record of 6-10.
The pattern with the NFC West is the fact that these teams do not have a head of the team with the exception of the Rams. That is why I am picking them to finish in this order.
1. St Louis
3. San Fransisco
Beginning on Sept. 11 we will see how these predictions will play out. The next division we will be looking at is the AFC North. Are You ready for some football? I know I am.