1. San Francisco 49ers (11-5)- The 49ers have been the most surprising team of the 2011 season, as they have dominated strong opponents and have raced out to a substantial division lead. San Francisco's defense is developing into one of the best in the league, and the offense seems to be finally clicking under Alex Smith. The 49ers will cruise to a divisional title and enter the playoffs as a dark horse to make a run.
2. Seattle Seahawks (6-10)- The Seahawks defense is a vastly underrated unit, but the struggles of the offense have Seattle fans shaking their heads. The awful play of the Seahawks offensive line has been hard to watch, and despite some talented offensive weapons, Seattle lacks a franchise quarterback necessary to make a postseason run.
3. Arizona Cardinals (5-11)- The Cardinals entered the season as one of the favorites to claim the NFC West but have been drastically underperforming early on. Newly-acquired quarterback Kevin Kolb has been underwhelming, and the Arizona defense continues to allow big plays to opponents. The Cardinals will have a long year and will have fans questioning their big signings last offseason.
4. St Louis Rams (2-14)- The third and final team in contention for the "Suck For Luck" sweepstakes is the Rams. The Rams have been absolutely terrible on both sides of the ball, and mounting injuries to key players have many fans believing a winless season is not out of reach. St Louis' disastrous year will continue throughout the winter months, leaving many to question whether Sam Bradford is the answer at quarterback.