I hope everyone enjoyed the the weekend. I know that I did. Now it is time to get back to the predictions. We move on to the NFC West. The West has been run by the Cardinals for the past two seasons, but that could change this season. Arizona has changed enough this year, where the division will be wide open for Seattle or San Francisco to take.
Arizona Cardinals - Arizona has lost Kurt Warner to retirement and Anquan Boldin to the Miami Dolphins. Without the explosive offense of the past two years, the Cardinals will fall back in the standings in the NFC West. The defense is not strong enough to carry the team, and the offense will be taking a hit with Matt Leinart under the center. The Cardinals will have a tough road ahead of them in their fight to make the playoffs. Arizona finishes 6-10.
San Francisco 49ers - The 49ers will go as far as Alex Smith is able to take them. San Francisco has a strong defense, which should keep them in most games. For this team to win Smith needs to step up and complete passes. This will help the running game with Frank Gore. I think Alex Smith will have a strong year with the 49ers and will be a strong contender for the division. San Francisco finishes 11-5.
Seattle Seahawks - The Seattle Seahawks are going to be another team fighting for the division. They have brought in some great personnel with Leon Washington, and Lendale White. They have Matt Hasselback back and healthy, but do they have what it takes to win the division? Pete Carroll should help this team succeed, but is it enough? Seattle does not have the defense that the 49ers have, and their offense is not much better. The Seahawks finish 9-7.
St. Louis Rams - The Rams are going through a rough rebuilding process that does not seem to be happening quickly. Sam Bradford will be leading the Rams this season and his first year will not be his best year. The Rams do not have a shot this season in the West. The Rams finish 3-13.