The NFC West was arguably the best division in the league last year. Entering this season, each team has something to prove. As a result, this division will be one of the most interesting ones to watch.
4. Los Angeles Rams
The Rams this far down in the division list should feel shocking. At their ceiling however, they could reach a 9-7 record. It is more of a testament to the talent in the division. Under pressure, quarterback Jared Goff has struggled in the brighter moments. Without running back Todd Gurley, there is no telling how this team will pan out by the end of the 2020 season.
Breakout Player – S Taylor Rapp
3. Arizona Cardinals
Arizona showed promise last season, and while I still wish they’d done more across the offensive line, their strengths lay elsewhere. Even through the major additions in the offseason, the success of the Cardinals runs through head coach Kliff Kingsbury. Entering quarterback Kyler Murray’s second season, the connection between Kingsbury and Murray should see major strides.
Breakout Player – QB Kyler Murray
2. Seattle Seahawks
The only reason the Seahawks beat out the Cardinals is because they have shown consistency that is difficult to match. With an elite quarterback in Russell Wilson and one of the best head coaches in Pete Carroll, the Seahawks also found themselves with the addition of safety Jamal Adams in the offseason. The team will be stuck within a lot of one-sided games, and could be within reach of the division title.
Breakout Player – WR DK Metcalf
1. San Fransisco 49ers
The 49ers showed last year why being patient with Kyle Shanahan was a smart move. This team has the infrastructure in place to be dominate for years to come. A big part of that is due to the efforts of General Manager John Lynch. Through calculated offseason moves, the 49ers will be nearly impossible to overthrow in the NFC West.
Breakout Player – WR Jalen Hurd