For a long time, the NFC West has been considered the weakest division in football. Just two seasons ago, the Seattle Seahawks limped into the playoffs with a 7-9 record which made it the first sub-.500 division winner in NFL History.
In other words, this division has been just plain awful.
However, some teams have made significant strides to help change that perception. The San Francisco 49ers made the first move by becoming one of the NFL's elite teams in 2012 and could have been a muffed punt or two away from going to the Super Bowl.
Other solid seeds have been planted in the division in the form of Jeff Fisher's arrival in St. Louis and Russel Wilson's starter status over Matt Flynn in Seattle.
There's an unpredictability in the air for this division. It could surprise people as the season gets deeper, but here's a look at how the NFC West could stack up in 2012.