The Sportmeisters NFL Season Preview: NFC West

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The Sportmeisters NFL Season Preview: NFC West
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By Derek and Ryan of The Sportmeisters

With the NFL season fast approaching, Sportmeisters Derek and Ryan break out the crystal ball and forsee the future of all 32 NFL teams. Today, Derek and Ryan look at the NFC West, and discuss how they got to their respective decisions. What follows is a transcript of that discussion.

Ryan:

Derek:

  • Arizona Cardinals: 14-2
  • Seattle Seahawks: 11-5
  • San Francisco 49ers: 1-15
  • St. Louis Rams: 1-15

Ryan: Derek, looks likes the Super Bowl loser curse doesn’t come into effect for Arizona, especially not in your eyes.

Derek: The NFC West will be a race between two teams. The defending NFC West Champion Arizona Cardinals will once again win the division going 14-2. With Kurt Warner throwing to Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald and a much improved defense, they will defeat everyone except Seattle and the New York Giants, on their way to the playoffs.

Ryan: The running game is still suspect, even with Tim Hightower taking the snaps now, and one Warner injury leads Matt Leinart into the game. No way they get by teams like Indianapolis, Seattle, and Chicago, on their way to 10-6.

Derek: Speaking of Seattle, they have looked to bounce back from a miserable 4-12 2008 season. With Matt Hasselbeck healthy and throwing to T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Deion Branch, they will rebound with an 11-5 record, losing only to Indianapolis, Arizona, Dallas, Minnesota, and Tennessee.

Ryan: Derek, I’m not buying it. Hasselbeck hasn’t been healthy in two hundred years, the running game is dependent on Edgerrin James and Julius Jones, and left tackle Walter Jones still isn’t healthy. I see an Arizona win, and wins against division rivals St. Louis and San Francisco, but not much else.

Derek: Ryan, let’s not waste much time on San Francisco and St. Louis. We are talking about the weakest division in the NFL, and both these teams epitomize it.

Ryan: St. Louis gets a one game advantage over San Francisco in the standings, and these two teams have a long way to go before getting there.

Derek: Both teams have a lot of work to do and need much more talent to compete. They will go 1-15, with their only wins coming against each other.

Ryan: We’ll see who wins against each other in the standings.

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