Previewing the NFC West

By: Relles Abeytia

Another NFL season is upon us.  As training camps are now in full swing, let’s take a look at the NFC West; a division that many feel has the potential to send three teams to the playoffs.

The Favorite: Seattle Seahawks

They are the defending two-time NFC champs. This offseason they added even more talent. Jimmy Graham promises to be a great addition at the title and position, and Russell Wilson is happy with his new contract. With that stellar defense, they should at least make the playoffs, if not another trip to the Super Bowl.

The Contender: Arizona Cardinals

Third-year coach Bruce Arians has everyone buying into his system in Arizona. And they should be, he is coming off of double-digit winning seasons. Last season they made an early exit in the playoffs, but everyone knows that would have been different if quarterback Carson Palmer didn’t hurt. Palmer is back to 100 percent and the offensive line looks even stronger with some offseason additions. If Palmer can stay healthy, don’t be surprised to see Arizona in Super Bowl 50.

The Underdog: St. Louis Rams

The Rams are a sleeper team. With new quarterback Nick Foles they should not be taken lightly. They are a team that may be the NFC West third team in the playoffs if they play up to their potential. Or, if things go wrong, they could be looking for a new head coach. If running back Todd Gurley heals correctly, the Rams will be a fun team to watch.

The Intriguing: San Francisco 49ers

With the nasty departure of coach Jim Harbaugh, new coach Jim Tomsula has a lot of rebuilding to do.  There is some talent on the roster and the defensive line definitely got better with the offseason acquisition of defensive tackle Darnell Dockett. The truth is, the 49ers are two-to-three years away from making any noise in the very powerful NFC West. Look for this season’s NFC champ to come out of the West, just don’t expect it to be the 49ers.

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