Tuesday, August 30, 2016

NFC West Preview: 2016

           I wrap up my NFL preview with a look at one the NFL's premier divisions in the past few years: The NFC West. The NFC West has had a representative in the NFC Championship for five straight seasons and represented the NFC in the Super Bowl from 2012 to 2014. Here's a look at how the NFC West will pan out.

  1. Arizona Cardinals: The NFL's top passing offense will be a threat once again. But if you want a good fantasy sleeper, look no further than David Johnson. Johnson had 581 yards on 125 carries for eight touchdowns last season and will be a great Plan B if a key member of Arizona's passing attack goes down or if the passing attack stalls. Arizona's secondary isn't too shabby, either. Tyrann Mathieu had 17 pass deflections and five interceptions last season. 
  2. *Seattle Seahawks: Even though the Seahawks will miss Marshawn Lynch, they still have Thomas Rawls. Rawls had 830 yards and four touchdowns on 147 carries in 13 games last season. Seattle might have problems with their offensive line this season, however. Therefore, it is imperative that Russell Wilson and the running game find ways to make plays.
  3. Los Angeles Rams: Stan Kroenke finally got what he wanted and got the Rams out of St. Louis and into L.A. Todd Gurley will be a running threat once again and Aaron Donald will be the best defensive player in the NFL aside from J.J. Watt. Still, Jared Goff won't have much to protect him, so he'll be in for a bumpy ride once he gets going. Also, Jeff Fisher's the coach. Therefore, this team will finish 8-8 or around that record.
  4. San Francisco 49ers: It's really tough being a 49ers fan right now. First, your team hires a nut job for a coach. Then, you turn on your quarterback for causing controversy. San Francisco fans are already calling for Trent Baalke's head as we speak. 

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