This crap-shoot of a division is once again up for grabs for the team that can claw their way out of mediocrity. Last year the division was won by arguably the worst team of them all, as the Seahawks made their way into the playoffs with a 7-9 record.
This year the division should be a bit better than last, with all teams improving in some aspect of their game.
The Seahawks lost longtime QB Matt Hasselbeck, but his game last year was far past his prime. A full season of Marshawn Lynch plus the addition of Sidney Rice should make the team better than last year, but in no way does that make them close to a playoff team.
St. Louis added Mike Sims-Walker to the passing attack to help out second year QB Sam Bradford with the passing attack. Bradford should experience a bit of a sophomore slump this season and take a minor step back from his success last year.
The 49ers spent their whole off-season trying to find a QB, but when week one kicks off this season, they will most likely be back where they started with Alex Smith taking the snaps. The receivers aren't the problem in the passing game with Michael Crabtree, Vernon Davis and recently signed Braylon Edwards. The Niners are just one QB away from having a dangerous passing attack.
The Cardinals are just two seasons removed from reaching the the second round of the playoffs and three years removed from nearly winning the Super Bowl. They didn't have a real QB last year like they did with Kurt Warner in those playoff years, but this year they won't that problem.
Trading for Kevin Kolb not only answered their question at QB, but it made Larry Fitzgerald a very happy man. The cardinals just might be a playoff team once again.
Projected End of the Year Standings:
Cardinals 9 7
49ers 7 9
Rams 6 10
Seahawks 5 11