There were tons of additions and subtractions to NFL teams across the league this offseason. Many of these moves will significantly impact the divisional standings throughout the year. In this series, we’ll take a look at each division, and where each team in it will end the season.
Check out the Division Predictions of the other NFL divisions:
San Francisco 49ers – Predicted Record: 4-12
The hope, I guess, would be that Colin Kaepernick is just about to turn the corner and be the QB everyone thought he could be after half a season or so. But even if he can, he seems like the type of QB who is going to excel with a certain type of team built around him. He could be punishing at the helm of a power running attack with a few read options mixed in, where he could roll out either way and unleash 70-yard bombs to his amazing outside receiving threats, and where all he needed to do is win the field position battle again and again because his defense was constantly giving him back the ball. He could be awesome. Unfortunately, none of that is true.
The Two in the Middle
St. Louis Rams – Predicted Record: 5-11
They have arguably the best defensive line in the NFL. They have first-hand experience right in front of their faces how success in football, on either side of the ball, starts up front. That front seven makes their defense formidable. And then on the other side of the ball, on offense, they have Todd Gurley and Tre Mason and Brian Quick and Tavon Austin, all skill position players taken in the first two rounds of the draft in recent years. Skill position players with no one to get them the ball – sorry Nick Foles. Maybe it wasn’t always Bradford’s fault, and maybe it won’t be Foles’ fault – it is hard to distribute the ball when you are flat on your back – but the fact remains, this offense simply cannot help the team win games. If you have the defense, and no QB, stop drafting wide receivers! Rely on that defense, and control the ball! Get yourself some road-grading linemen! Sometimes I just don’t get it.
Arizona Cardinals – Predicted Record: 8-8
I think we all, collectively, just need to root for Palmer to stay healthy. This team has accumulated too much talent to just be bad because of their QB. We need them to be good, just so that talent isn’t all getting wasted, and so that someone can stand up and challenge the top teams (even if they don’t really have a shot at the belt themselves). That someone could be the Cardinals. They have talented skill players at every position, a good line and a secondary that could be one of the best in the NFL. They are one of the teams that I see finishing around .500 who actually have a legit chance at taking down the elite teams of the league on any given weekend.
The Top Dog
Seattle Seahawks – Predicted Record: 12-4
Well, they will probably go 8-0 at home. That helps. They have road games at the Packers, Cowboys, Vikings and Ravens, which will all be must-see TV, and of which Seattle should win at least 1 or 2. They have enough wins to stay on top of this division in a hurry when you think of it in that context. Russell Wilson has emerged as – get this – not ONLY one of the best QBs in the league, but also a QB whose skill set is a perfect match for his team! Amazing! This is a team in the luxurious position of being able to add a player like Jimmy Graham because they don’t have more pressing needs (shh, but he is another good player who fits into the scheme nicely – almost like they know what they’re doing up in Seattle). And while Graham might see his fantasy value take a hit outside of NOLA, there is no doubt whatsoever that he makes the Seahawks better. And a better Seahawks team is a scary Seahawks team.