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2011 NFC West Preview & Predictions

Arizona Cardinals

The addition of Kevin Kolb should be enough to catapult the Cardinals to the top of a weak NFC West. Veteran tight-end Todd Heap will also provide Kolb with a nice security blanket over the middle. One of the main keys to the Cardinals success is the maturation of running back Beanie Wells, who will be getting the majority of the carries now that Tim Hightower is gone. Overall, the Cardinals made some nice roster upgrades and will be fighting for the top spot on the NFC West.

Key Arrivals – Kevin Kolb, Todd Heap, Vonnie Holliday, Daryn Colledge, Patrick Peterson, Stewart Bradley

Key Departures – DRC, Steve Breaston, Matt Leinart, Tim Hightower, Derek Anderson, Gerald Hayes, Ben Patrick, Gabe Watson, Alan Faneca

Prediction – 9-7/First in NFC West

St. Louis Rams

Sam Bradford and Steven Jackson headline a rising young Rams team looking to take a stranglehold on the weak NFC West. Adding Cadillac Williams and Mike Sims-Walker only gives the second year QB more toys to play with. Head coach Steve Spagnoulo is a defensive mastermind as well. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Rams win the division.

Key Arrivals – Cadillac Williams, Jerious Norwood, Brady Poppinga, Justin Bannan, Al Harris, Quintin Mikell, Mike Sims-Walker

Key Departures – Oshiomogho Atogwe, Kenneth Darby, Laurent Robinson, Michael Lewis

Prediction – 8-8/Second in NFC West

San Francisco 49ers

First year head coach Jim Harbaugh has his work cut out for him. Quarterback Alex Smith has shown time and time again that he’s just not capable of being a starter in this league. Frank Gore is their sole provider on offense in both the passing and running game. and the defense has holes in the secondary. I think the 49ers will have a 2011 season that’s very similar to their 2010 season.

Key Arrivals – Braylen Edwards, Donte Whitner, Madieu Williams, Carlos Rogers, Jonathan Goodwin, David Akers

Key Departures – David Baas, Nate Clements, Joe Nedney, Aubrayo Franklin, Dashon Goldson, Manny Lawson, Takeo Spikes, Travis LaBoy

Prediction – 6-10/Third in NFC West

Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks have a ton of quality backup quarterbacks but none are capable starters. Tarvaris Jackson is the front-runner for the starting job considering his relationship with the offensive coordinator, dating back to his days in Minnesota. I don’t think the Seahawks will be lucky again this season as I predict they’ll be one of the NFL’s worst teams.

Key Arrivals – Tarvaris Jackson, Matt Leinart, Jeff Reed, Zach Miller, Sidney Rice, Robert Gallery, Alan Branch

Key Departures – Lofa Tatupu, Stacy Andrews, Jordan Babineaux, Matt Hasselbeck, Olindo Mare, Will Herring

Prediction – 4-12/Last in NFC West

  1. Dark Lord of the Sith
    September 2, 2011 at 1:59 AM

    SEA 9-7

    STL 8-8

    SF 6-10

    AZ 6-10

  2. Dark Lord of the Sith
    September 2, 2011 at 1:58 AM

    Leinart is n the Texans.

  3. Doomer
    August 23, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Your predictions are right on. Worried about Cards o-line and pass rush. But once again this is the nfc west and you don’t have to be a great team to win it.

  4. Anonymous
    August 21, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    I aree, this division will be between the Rams and the Cardinals. I would give the Rams the edge because of Coach Spags and McDaniels. Every team in the division has a brutal schedule this year, but welcome to the NFL. The Rams need to sure up their run defense which I believe they will, especially with their new additions. They struggled against the Titans, but it is pre-season and who knows how vanilla everything was… I see the Rams and Cardinals as improved teams from last year, so we will see how this thing plays out.

  5. August 17, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    I disagree with your opinion here. I respect your opinion but I disagree. The Rams were 7-9 last year and the Cardinals were 5-11. I look at it this way the Rams did not lose anybody important besideds Atogwe and they replaced him with an even better safety. They also made lots of key additiions. And the main point is that Bradford is a year older now.

    The Cardinals on the other hand lost two very key players Breaston and Cromartie. There defense was sub par and they are going to be worse now without there best CB and Breaston was very underated for that team which is probably why he left. So if you look at it the Rams defense should be better and the Rams Offense should be better, better QB, way better RB, and way better offensive line.

    • August 17, 2011 at 2:36 PM

      The truth of the matter is that both the Cardinals and Rams have an equal shot at winning the division. Don’t het me wrong, I love Sam Bradford and think he’s a star in the making, but he’s learning a new offense this year in a shortened off-season. The Rams can easily win the NFC West and wouldn’t be surprised one bit if they do. At the same time, you can make the arguement that Kevin Kolb is undergoing the same transition. I think Arizona will be significantly improved due to their weapons in the passing game, mainly Fitz. He and Kolb worked a lot in the off-season and can be a scary combination. Anyway, thx for commenting and keep on reading.

  6. John Holland
    August 8, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    OOOOO I don’t like that Seattle prediction.They will be the surprise of the west.Arizona…flip a coin….49ers no way…..Rams look good. Seattle does have a rugged schedule.
    Everyone has an opinion….we just disagree.

    • August 8, 2011 at 11:49 AM

      I don’t see Seattle winning any more games this year than last. In fact, I think they will be significantly worse because of the quarterback situation. Jackson and Leinart are backups, not starters. I do like their weapons on offense like Sidney Rice and Zach Miller but they just don’t have a reliable QB. Plus, they have a brutle schedule. Anyway, thx for commenting and we’ll see what happens.

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