This to me will be the most dramatic and fun to watch division in the entire league. No other division has been as dynamic as the NFC West in recent years. Each team has a borderline elite head coach, and with the drafting of Josh Rosen in 2018, I believe each team will have a talented pro-bowl capable quarterback. But a QB is just one of the players on a 53-man roster, so who will succeed and fail in this division will not come down to that position. Let’s dive in and see why.
- Los Angeles Rams
2017 Record: 11-5
2018 Prediction: 13-3
This is my preseason Super Bowl favorite. Last year, they were really a surprise to much of the league as Sean McVay overhauled the team and brought out the best in Gurley and Goff. This year, with all the free agents that they’ve signed (particularly on the defensive side of the ball), this is by far the most loaded roster in the NFL.
- San Francisco 49ers
2017 Record: 6-10
2018 Prediction: 10-6
What I foresee happening in San Francisco is similar to what happened last year in L.A. with the Rams. This time, however, it will be Kyle Shanahan’s second year with the squad, and he already has a comfort level with the offense and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Signing cornerback Richard Sherman and re-signing defensive end Cassius Marsh will help shore up the defense. I think this is a squad that could be on the cusp on making the playoffs come December.
- Arizona Cardinals
2017 Record: 8-8
2018 Prediction: 5-11
I think that this is an Arizona squad that has a lot of holes. Depending on who starts at quarterback, I’m expecting there to be bumps along the way. Their defense is old, and even though Larry Fitzgerald is a future Hall-of-Famer, he’s turning 35 years old. David Johnson is coming off of injury, and I’m not sure that he’s going to be 100% before the start of the season. While there are parts to this team that I do like, there are just too many red flags to say that this is even a .500 football team.
- Seattle Seahawks
2017 Record: 9-7
2018 Prediction: 5-11
I think that it’s fair to say that the “Legion of Boom” era of Seattle Seahawks football is over. Their offense has lacked a running game since the departure of Marshawn Lynch, and they notoriously have one of the worst offensive lines in football. They do however have Russell Wilson who I think can carry this team to 5 wins. No more, as they have a very difficult schedule, and if they face a team with even a whisper of a pass rush he’ll be left scrambling for his life. It’s time for a reboot in Seattle. Find young free agents and hopefully draft well enough to start building this team up, the way they did it 6-7 years ago. But for the 2018 season, this has the makings of a bad football team.
Danny Lovell – Contributor – WTF Sports