I just like many American’s are sports fans. The littlest event will get up pumped up and screaming at the television. Nothing however will do that to us more than the NFL. The 2012 season is just right around the corner and I thought it might not be a bad idea to look into the future and see what team will finish where. I am going to tell you that on this list will be a few surprises and some things that we already know. I have some easy picks, some sleeper picks, and some down right controversial picks to win divisions this season. The first division we take a look at just happens to be the weakest in the NFL. It’s the NFC West.
St. Louis Rams: The Rams began the season in 2011 looking optimistic. Well, that came crashing to a screeching halt as they were one of the worst teams in the league finishing with a record of 2-14. Will the Rams approve this season. I am guessing not. The Rams do get an upgrade in the head coaching department with the hiring of Jeff Fisher. In all honesty, what did he really do with Tennessee? The one problem this season will be the health of quarterback Sam Bradford. I think each one of us know that if he goes down, the Rams could go from winning 5 games to 1 game. Making improvements with coaching will help a little but without having help for Sam Bradford and a really terrible defense. The Rams finish 3-13
Seattle Seahawks: The Hawks finished the 2011 campaign with a below average 7-9 record. Seattle biggest pickup in the off season was to try to make the 22ndranked offense in the league is to sign the older Terrell Owens. Does T.O. Have any GO left in the tank? I think he will produce some but not enough to make a difference. The Seahawks also enters this new season with a middle of the road defense. Where does this leave Seattle in the NFC West? They will finish this season with a record of 6-10
Arizona Cardinals: What a surprise in the 2011 season. They ended with a .500 record. Larry Fitzgerald leads the team into the 2012 season with some hope. The biggest decision going down in the desert is who is going to start at QB. John Skelton or Kevin Kolb. I would think after the end of last season they would start Skelton but due to the fact they are dishing out so much money to Kolb, I am guessing he will get the start. Arizona has one of the toughest schedules I have seen this season. I can say with confidence that they are not going to have the year they want. Arizona finishes 7-9
San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers are going to be the team to beat in the NFC this year. Finishing 13-3 just a season ago, they plan on having a repeat season. Alex Smith may not be the best quarterback in the league but he showed a lot of heart last season. Only having one target hurt his chances but all of that changes this season. The 49ers had one of the worst passing games in the league. They were ranked 29th. Who did they decide to bring in? Mario Manningham and Randy Moss. Manningham was a big contributor to the Giants passing game and will be a big help in the city by the bay. If Randy Moss is motivated, I am predicting one of the best seasons he has ever had. Add Vernon Davis and the back field of Brandon Jacobs and Frank Gore, I don’t know if there is a defense that can stop them. Oh yeah, did I mention they have one of the best defenses in the league. First against the run, only allowing 77 yards a carry. Two words, Patrick Willis. The 49ers finish this year with a 12-4 record.
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