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In the NFC West the following questions is asked, Can the Seahawks repeat as Super Bowl Champs, can the Niners get over the hump to the promise land, can the Cards get in the postseason this season & can the Rams overcome losing QB Sam Bradford once again. Lets take a look.
2013 record: 13-3 overall (4-2 in NFC West, beat the Denver Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII
Head coach: Pete Carroll (entering fifth season)
Key departures: CB Brandon Browner, LB Chris Clemons, DL Red Bryant, WR Golden Tate, WR Sidney Rice
Key arrivals: WR Paul Richardson (second-round pick), DE Cassius Marsh (fourth-round pick)
The Seahawks haven’t lost much in the offseason & the way the defending Super Bowl champs looked in the pre-season, the Seahawks haven’t stop rolling. The Seahawks at home are almost unbeatable(except the Cards last season). The key is can Russell Wilson take another step into being a top QB, if the so the Seahawks could make 2 trips to Arizona, not 1 to repeat as the Super Bowl Champs.
San Francisco 49ers
2013 record: 12-4 overall (5-1 in AFC West, lost 23-17 to Seattle in NFC Championship)
Head coach: Jim Harbaugh (fourth year)
Key departures: CB Tarell Brown, CB Carlos Rogers, SS Donte Whitner, WR Mario Manningham
Key arrivals: WR Stevie Johnson, WR Brandon Lloyd, SS Antoine Bethea, CB Chris Cook, OT Jonathan Martin, RB Alfonso Smith
The Niners have some issues going into the Regular Season, LB Aldon Smith is suspended for 9 games, WR Michael Crabtree having Calf & Hamstring injuries, DE Ray McDonald with personal issues/arrested over an alleged domestic-violence incident Sunday, QB Colin Kaepernick struggling in the pre-season & Owner, GM & Coach Jim Haraburgh are not on the same page. What that being said the talent of the 49ers are good enough to overcome some things, but can the Niners get over the hump & now also get over the Seahawks to get back to the Super Bowl & win it all.
2013: 10-6 overall (2-4 in NFC West, missed playoffs)
Head coach: Bruce Arians (second year)
Key departures: ILB Karlos Dansby (free agency), ILB Daryl Washington (year-long suspension), SS Yeremiah Bell (retired), LG Daryn Colledge (free agency), RT Eric Winston (free agency), RB Rashard Mendenhall (retired), WR Andre Roberts (free agency), DT Darnell Dockett(Injury, out for 2014)
Key arrivals: LT Jared Veldheer (free agency), CB Antonio Cromartie (free agency), WR Ted Ginn (free agency), ILB Larry Foote (free agency), SS Deone Bucannon (first-round draft pick), K Chandler Cantanzaro (free agency)
The injury to DT Darnell Dockett was a blow for the Cards on defense, but they should be fine. The key on offense is to protect QB Carson Palmer & keep him upright. I think the Cardinals will be in the hunt for a playoff spot, but sadly the NFC depth could again cost the Cardinals a playoff spot, just like last season at 10-6.
St. Louis Rams
2013: 7-9, fourth place in NFC West
Head coach: Jeff Fisher, third season with Rams (14-17-1 in St. Louis; 161-143-1 overall)
Key departures: QB Kellen Clemens, G Harvey Dahl, CB Cortland Finnegan, RB Daryl Richardson, S Darian Stewart, G Chris Williams
Key arrivals: WR Kenny Britt, DT Alex Carrington, rookie DT Aaron Donald, QB Shaun Hill, G Davin Joseph, rookie CB Lamarcus Joyner, rookie RB Tre Mason, rookie G Greg Robinson
QB Sam Bradford is gone for the season again with another key injury, QB Shaun Hill comes from Detroit to start now instead of backup, the Rams defense will be very good & keep the Rams in alot of the games in the 4th Qtr, the key is can the Rams offense get it done, if so we could have all 4 teams in the NFC West going for playoff spots.
Predicted Order of Finish
1. Seattle Seahawks
2. San Francisco 49ers(Wild Card)
3. Arizona Cardinals
4. St. Louis Rams