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2011 Record: 2 - 4
It seems that the most surprising things about the NFC West is how impressive the San Francisco 49ers are playing right now. Even more than that, how well Alex Smith is playing right now. It's apparent how much of an impact Jim Harbaugh has had on the organization. The fact that traditionally the West is usually the weakest division in the entire NFL doesn't seem to be changing much because beyond San Fran, there really isn't another team that has the talent to compete.
If there had to be one team to possibly surprise, it's between Seattle and Arizona but honestly, for this to happen, either team would need a sudden, super-swoon to even have a hope of overtaking the 49ers. Even if either team did, they would need San Fran to hit a wall and right now, it doesn't appear that they plan on slowing down anytime soon.
St. Louis should already be planning for next season now that the only way they'd be able to entertain even a sniff of the playoffs, they'd need to win 10-straight games probably. Between Arizona and Seattle, it's a hard choice to make because neither team has been exceptional. However, Seattle gets the nod because of their impressive road win against the New York Giants. They were unable to carry that momentum through the bye week against Cleveland but if Seattle could find that sweet spot again, who knows.
Of course, the Seahawks are going to need a handful of things to go right, including a San Francisco collapse, to see themselves in the playoffs, let alone a division championship. The NFL continues to prove every year that anything can happen, just look at what the 'Hawks did last season.