NFL NFC West 2019 Season Preview

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by Chris Feery
September 2nd 2019, 7:17pm

The NFC West sent two teams to the playoffs in 2018. Those two teams are favored to be ahead of the pack in the division once again this time around.

That said, there are some intriguing storylines to keep an eye on for the other two teams. As the regular season fast approaches, let’s take a look at the state of the NFC West.

Division Winner

Favorite to Win the NFC West

Los Angeles Rams

The Rams put together a stellar regular season and followed that up with a victory over the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship game.

The New England Patriots managed to control the Super Bowl and hold Los Angeles in check for a 13-3 win. 

Sean McVeigh

Sean McVay and the band have stayed together for another crack at the ring. Jared Goff leads a talented offense, but there are still lingering questions about the health of Todd Gurley.

The defense has been rather stout under the tutelage of Wade Phillips and should remain that way. 

Los Angeles is rightfully favored to win the division and once again looks like a possible Super Bowl contender.

Season Wins

A contender to Watch in the NFC West

Seattle Seahawks

The 2018 campaign was supposed to be a transition year for the Seahawks due to a good amount of roster turnover. Head coach Pets Carroll responded with one of the best coaching jobs of his fantastic career.

Seattle was a surprising Wild Card team, but they were one and done in the playoffs. 

Russell Wilson leads the way on offense. Doug Baldwin has hung up the cleats, so he’ll need a new favorite target. The running game impressed a season ago and is expected to be a big focus once again.

The Seattle defense improved immensely as the season moved along and should be solid once again.

The Seahawks probably can’t overtake the Rams for the division, but another playoff bid is a reasonable goal.

Seahawks Make Playoffs?

The Rest of the NFC West

San Francisco 49ers

There was a lot of buzz surrounding the 49ers heading into last year. Head coach Kyle Shanahan and Jimmy Caroppolo were looking like a fantastic fit, but disaster would strike. Garoppolo was lost for the season to injury, and San Francisco suffered through a painful season.

Jimmy Garoppolo

Garoppolo is back and good to go. Optimism is high that the offense will take the leap in 2019 which was expected a season ago. The defense needs work, but the club has added some intriguing new pieces which could accelerate improvement, including the drafting of Nick Bosa. 

If all goes well in San Francisco, this club could be one to watch as a dark horse playoff contender.

SF Makes Playoffs?

Arizona Cardinals

The 2018 Cardinals were a poorly constructed squad that couldn’t get out of its own way.

The franchise’s answer was to fire 1st-year head coach Steve Wilks while continuing business as usual in the front office. Kliff Kingsbury has jumped over from the college ranks to lead the show. 

He’ll have the 1st pick of this year’s draft running his high-powered offense. Kyler Murray is an exciting prospect, but we’ll naturally have to wait and see how his game translates to the pro level.

Kyler Murray

There is some talent in Arizona on both sides of the ball, but this is still looking like a rebuilding situation.

Kingsbury’s offense could catch some by surprise in the early going, but NFL defensive coordinators have a way of catching up quickly. Six wins would have to be considered a success for the Cardinals in 2019.

Cardinals Season Wins

Bottom Line on the NFC West

The NFC West is suddenly very interesting. The 49ers should improve this year, while there is a buzz in the air on what the Cardinals and Murray can do this year. The Seahawks are once again looking like a tough squad that no one will want to face. 

The Rams remain at the head of the class in the division. This team is loaded on both sides of the ball and is a real threat to make it to the Big Game once again. We like Los Angeles to snag another division crown.