If you haven't read my article "Are The San Francisco 49ers a Dark Horse to Win The NFC West?" already, and even if you have, the answer to that question, at least from my perspective, is no.
To me, they are the favorites.
The slide show you will about to see explains my seemingly outlandish statement, showing you the top five reasons why we will return to glory this season.
Who knows? Maybe when you are finished you will agree with me.
Alright, enough talk. Bring on the slides!
Over the past eight seasons, the Super Bowl losers (a.k.a. the Arizona Cardinals) from the previous year have only made a return to the playoffs once, with the 2005-06 Seahawks returning to the postseason after losing the big game the year before.
The result? A squeaker, one point win due to a botched field goal attempt and an overtime loss to next years victim, the Chicago Bears. Even over the last two years, there is much evidence of the "Super Bowl Curse."
In 2007, Chicago literally went from first to worst in the division after losing a tie-breaker with- and being swept by- Detroit. Yes, I will say it again. The defending NFC champions were swept by the Detroit Lions.
Even New England, who finished with a better record than three of the eight division champions and the same or a better record than four other teams that made the playoffs, failed to advance and lost their star quarterback for the season in Week One.
Coincedence? I don't think so. And by the looks of it, Arizona seems to be headed for the same miserable fate.
Everyone knows the Rams are one of the worst teams in the NFL. Over the past two seasons, St. Louis has accumulated only five wins, the lowest of any franchise during that time frame, while picking second overall both of those years in the draft.
It will be a long time before they will be ready to contend in the division. Seattle had a huge collapse last year, and I would not expect them to bounce back too quickly. Assuming the last slide turns out correctly, who does that leave?
That's right. The San Francisco 49ers.
Last season, we won four of our last five and five of our last seven under Singletary. Now, with a four-year contract worth $10 million, he looks poised to continue his amazing leadership into next season. One thing is for sure.
He will not drive us into the ground the way Nolan did last year. And the year before that. Come to think of it, also the year before that. All I can say is, good luck Denver.
Although we started out last season by dropping seven of our first nine contests, we eventually recovered and won five of our last seven, including four of our last five.
Now, with Arizona likely to succumb to the SB curse, and Seattle and St. Louis not looking too good, all that leaves is us, the only team in the division apparently on the upward curve.
I knew Al Davis was dumb, but I never thought he could be that dumb.
Rather than take Michael Crabtree, the explosive two time Bleinkentof Award winner, or Jeremy Maclin, who holds the freshman record for most all-purpose yards in one season, Mr. Idiot decided to pass up on both of these guys because Darrius Heyward-Bey, a player they could have easily traded down five or 10 picks and still got, was avaible.
Are you kidding me? That would be like the Titans a few years ago passing up on both Vince Young and Matt Leinart due to the irresistible availability of Kellen Clemens.
But then again, what can you expect from Oakland? Thank God I'm not a Raider fan. Rookie of the Year Michael Crabtree, folks. It's going to happen.