2009 NFC West Preview: Was Arizona a Fluke?

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2009 NFC West Preview: Was Arizona a Fluke?

You would think that unseating the division winner who finished 9-7 would be an easy task, right?

After all, all you need to do is go 10-6 or 11-5 to win the division, right?

Well, for the rest of the NFC West, your reigning 9-7 division champion also happens to be the defending conference champion, the Arizona Cardinals.

The once moribund Cardinals, whom every team loved picking on is now the team everyone is gunning for in the NFC. All roads to the NFC West crown and NFC title goes through the desert.

But with both coordinators gone, no "Edge" at running back, and some contract disputes, will Arizona become a one-year wonder?

The rest of the division improved themselves through coaching changes, high-caliber draft picks, free agency and may also benefit from easy scheduling.

Here's a look into the NFC West in alphabetical order:

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