Wednesday, September 2, 2015

NFC West: Biggest Questions

        We wrap up our coverage of the NFC with the biggest questions surrounding the NFC West. This division has the potential to be one of the toughest again with the back-to-back NFC champion Seahawks, the playoff team known as the Cardinals, and the under-the-radar Rams.

Arizona Cardinals: Can this team be a legitimate threat in the NFC? Many Cardinals fans will tell you that if it weren't for Carson Palmer getting hurt, then the Cardinals would've not only won the NFC West, but would've had home field advantage throughout the playoffs. I, for one, agree with that. Palmer had a rate of 95.6 along with 1,626 yards, 11 TD, and three INT before missing the rest of last season. Plenty of good targets to go around as well, although Larry Fitzgerald hasn't had a 1,000 receiving yard season for three years.
San Francisco 49ers: How far will the 49ers fall from grace this year? Let's just say that San Francisco's offseason was an eventful one, albeit one that they'd like to forget. They lost a myriad of players on defense, Chris Borland retired before he even had an NFL career, Jim Harbaugh left San Fran to become a Michigan Man once again, and Aldon Smith and Ray McDonald were done away with due to legal issues. New head coach Jim Tomsula has a tall order of restoring the 49ers to what they were in previous years.
Seattle Seahawks: Can the reigning NFC champs make it three in a row in the NFC? The Seahawks were only a yard away from becoming back-to-back Super Bowl champions and they've already upgraded their targets for Russell Wilson by acquiring Jimmy Graham from the Saints. Once again, they boasted the NFL's top defense and look to do it again this year. They also hope to resolve the Kam Chancellor situation soon before it gets too dicey.
St. Louis Rams: Will this be their last season in St. Louis? The Rams made an eye-opening trade this offseason by swapping quarterbacks with the Eagles. They also added RB Todd Gurley through the draft and Nick Fairley (Career 98 tackles, four forced fumbles, and 13.5 sacks in four seasons with the Lions) to bolster the defensive line. But the real drama is whether or not the Rams will be staying in St. Louis. Owner Stan Kroenke has been working on potentially bringing the Rams back to Los Angeles for possibly next season.

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