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Could The NFC West Have Three Playoff Teams?

Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals runs with the ball in the first quarter of the game against the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at SoFi Stadium on January 17, 2022 in Inglewood, California.
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When you look around the NFL at the best divisions in football you will not look far before coming across the NFC West.

Last season, this division saw the Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, and Arizona Cardinals all in the playoffs.

Could all of those teams make it back to the dance?

The fourth team in that division is the Seattle Seahawks, who might be the worst team in football.

After trading Russell Wilson, the Seahawks have entered rebuild mode. which will be great for the other three teams.

Here are what the other three NFC West teams need to do to get back to the postseason.

 

Los Angeles Rams

The defending Super Bowl champions bring back one of the best rosters in all of football.

They added Bobby Wagner and Allen Robinson to a team that is already loaded with stars.

The main difference for the Rams this year is that they will have a target on their back.

Winning the West last year gives them a first-place schedule.

It took 12 wins to take the division last year and that will probably be the number to win it again.

But, with Matthew Stafford back under center and the triple crown winner, Cooper Kupp, at wide receiver, this offense could be as explosive as anyone.

Also, Cam Akers had a full offseason to prepare for a workhorse role.

He suffered a torn Achilles in the early parts of the offseason last year and was able to return for the Rams’ playoff run.

The defense is still led by Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey who may be the two best players at their positions in the league.

This team is going to be good and should be the heavy favorite to repeat as NFC West champs.

 

San Francisco 49ers

After making it to the NFC Championship Game last season, the 49ers decided it was time for a quarterback change.

Jimmy Garoppolo has led the Niners to two NFC Championship Games and one Super Bowl appearance during his tenure.

Now, San Francisco turns their franchise over to second-year quarterback, Trey Lance.

Lance was the third-overall pick in the 2021 draft so it is time for the 49ers to find out what they have in him.

He played sparingly last season, with his legs being his most valuable asset.

The North Dakota St. product has the upside to be special in this Kyle Shanahan offense.

After finishing 10-7 last year, the 49ers get a third-place schedule.

That will do wonders for them in facing lesser teams in other divisions.

The San Francisco defense is very good.

Nick Bosa and Fred Warner are extremely talented and their defense should have another good season.

As long as Lance can be solid, the Niners looked primed to gain another Wild Card spot.

 

Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals finished second in the NFC West last year after an 11-6 season.

Arizona started last year 7-0, before faltering down the stretch.

Then getting dominated by the Rams in the first round of the playoffs.

Quarterback Kyler Murray got his brand new contract and now the pressure is on him to get the Cards back to the postseason.

Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is suspended for the first six games of this season.

But, Arizona traded for Marquise Brown during the draft and he will most likely take over as WR1 until Hopkins gets back.

The Cardinals have a talented enough roster to get back to the postseason, but the pressure is on Murray and head coach Kliff Kingsbury to get it done.

Arizona seems like the third-best team in this division, depending on how well they play the Rams and 49ers could be the difference in making the playoffs or not.




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