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Will The Seahawks Reign Supreme Again: NFC West Preview
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Will The Seahawks Reign Supreme Again: NFC West Preview

With the NFL season days away from starting,let’s look at how the NFC West will shape up in 2017.

The NFC West has suffered the last few years as a weak division due to the fact the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams were quite bad. A lot of hope has been placed on the Arizona Cardinals for the last few years especially after having successful seasons in 2014 and 2015 but last year was a huge disappointment. The team that has been the most consistent are the Seattle Seahawks, winners of the NFC West three of the last four years.

 

 Seattle Seahawks 

Record in 2016: 10-5-1

Key Player: Running Back- Eddie Lacy

Player to watch: Offensive Tackle-  Luke Joeckel

The Seattle Seahawks believed if they were healthy in 2016, they would have made it to the Super Bowl. In reality, it wouldn’t have mattered against the Atlanta Falcons as they blistered them. The Seahawks “Legion of Boom” defense isn’t dominant as it once was. You can credit injuries, inconsistencies and some chemistry issues in the locker room to be a part of it. They are still a talented group on the defensive side of the ball. On the offensive side of the ball, they are hoping the signings of Eddie Lacy and Luke Joeckel pan out. If they don’t, Seattle’s offense could be in for a long season. They will win the division just barely. Prediction: 10-6

 

 Arizona Cardinals

Record in 2016: 7-8-1

Key Player: Quarterback- Carson Player

Player to watch: Safety- Budda Baker

The Arizona Cardinals are still talented with the likes of David Johnson, Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu but it seems there isn’t much chemistry on this team. Carson Palmer is on the down slope of his career and struggled in 2016. He was sacked 40 times last year. In the off-season, they lost a huge piece of their secondary as DJ Swearinger and Tony Jefferson departed and they didn’t improve the offensive line. One of the few things the Cardinals lacked last year was a pass rush. While they did make moves to improve the defensive line signing Jarvis Jones and drafting Haason Reddick, it still might be not enough to get them over the hump. Prediction: 8-8

 

 San Francisco 49ers

Record in 2016: 2-14

Key player: Quarterback- Brian Hoyer

Player to watch: Linebacker- Dakota Watson

The 49ers cleaned house after two miserable years following Jim Harbaugh departure and Chip Kelly was horrific. General manager John Lynch hired Kyle Shanahan who was the Falcons offensive coordinator last year. He will have to make do with Brian Hoyer and a wide receiving group of DeAndre Carter, Pierre Garçon and Marquise Goodwin. They are not that bad and if running back Carlos Hyde can stay healthy, some good things will happen in San Francisco. On defense, they signed linebacker Malcolm Smith and Dakota Watson. The secondary will be a question mark despite Eric Reid being there. The 49ers will be a little better this year and could be spoilers for teams trying to make a playoff push. Prediction: 5-11

 

 Los Angeles Rams

2016 Record: 4-12

Key Player: Wide Receiver- Copper Krupp

Player to watch:  Cornerback- Kayvon Webster 

The dream of returning to Los Angeles in 2016 turned into a nightmare. They finished 4-12 and fired coach Jeff Fisher. With Todd Gurley unable to produce as he did in 2015, the Rams also cleaned house hiring Sean Mcvay and trading for Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods as targets for Jared Goff. They also added Andrew Whitworth as a blocker but the entire offensive line is still in shambles regardless. Until Goff shows that he isn’t a quarterback that only knows how to go for the long pass, it will be a long season. As for the defense, they didn’t upgrade much even with Wade Phillips as the new defensive coordinator. Prediction: 3-13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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