2016 NFL Preview – NFC West

The Cardinals topped their 11 win 2014 and won this division with 13 wins last year. But the Seahawks still got into the playoffs as a wild card. It will come down to those two teams again.

Seattle Seahawks

2015 Record: 10-6

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Russell Wilson was simply amazing last year. He’s our pick for MVP this season. With a healthier Jimmy Graham and a full season of Thomas Rawls, we think Seattle can have one of the top offenses. And it’s not like the defense won’t be good. They still have elite players like Michael Bennett, Richard Sherman, and Earl Thomas. Last year was kind of a down season in Seattle but they will return to their usual greatness this year.

Projected Record: 12-4

Arizona Cardinals

2015 Record: 13-3

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The Cardinals were fantastic last year. We’re not questioning that. And they’re bringing back mostly everyone. But can Carson Palmer do it two years in a row? We wouldn’t be surprised to see the offense to take a step back. They overachieved last year and we just can’t see them winning 13 again. However, they’re still so talented and should make the playoffs again.

Projected Record: 10-6

Los Angeles Rams

2015 Record: 7-9

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The Rams are back in LA but that’s not going to change their win total. Their #1 overall pick, Jared Goff, might not even contribute this season as he’s currently 3rd on the depth chart. This is a team that could have the offensive (Todd Gurley) and defensive (Aaron Donald) players of the year yet they’re still not making the playoffs. The passing game and secondary still have too serious of problems.

Projected Record: 7-9

San Francisco 49ers

2015 Record: 5-11

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Blaine Gabbert. Blaine Gabbert is their starting quarterback. I don’t care how much of an ass Colin Kaepernick is, you can’t sit him in favor of Blaine Gabbert. I’m not sure the 49ers, like the Browns, even want to win. They want that QB of the future and they’ll probably have to pick high to find him. This season might as well not even exist in San Francisco.

Projected Record: 3-13

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