The NFC West has two elite teams, the 49ers and Seahawks, who will come out as the top dog in our 2020 record predictions!
Arizona Cardinals (6-10)
The Cardinals have strengthened their team this offseason, particularly with the addition of Hopkins to go alongside Fitzgerald and Kirk. They do have one issue, and that is their own division. I reckon they win four of their first eight games before going into the bye. After the bye week, they start off with a four-game losing streak before beating the Rams at home. A win against the Giants will be their only win in the last four games.
Los Angeles Rams (5-11)
The Rams as far as I can see are in a little bit of trouble financially and in terms of keeping their best players. This being said they have kept a solid offensive line, some key playmakers on offense and they still have Aaron Donald. This being said, Goff was pretty terrible last year and they lost a lot of big-time players to other teams. What does go in their favour is that their schedule isn’t horrible. I think they open with four losses to the Cowboys, Eagles, Bills and Giants before winning three of the next four games. In the second half of the season, the only wins come at home to the Cardinals and Jets.
San Francisco 49ers (14-2)
The 49ers may be one of the top three all-around best teams in the NFL this year. The loss of Deebo Samuel to a foot injury this week will be a big loss, along with Emmanuel Sanders who they let go in free agency. John Lynch did a great job of getting a first-round pick for DeForest Buckner and using that pick to leverage some moves in the draft. Even with Jimmy G as just a game manager, this team has a shot again. They have a very good schedule which will help them get to 7-0 before they face the Seattle Seahawks. I think the Hawks will have their number twice this year. The 49ers then go on to lose no other games the rest of the season.
Seattle Seahawks (16-0)
The Seahawks have finally given Russell Wilson an above-average offensive line to help him out and this, to me will be key for Seattle going to the Super Bowl. I think this team is good enough and has the schedule to be the first perfect team since the New England Patriots in 2007. The additions of Greg Olsen and Phillip Dorsett give them the added x-factor on offense, while the talented defence keeps teams in check. If they lack one thing, it’s a pass rush with the loss of Clowney but he could still return. He may wait to see which team is fighting for the playoffs before he chooses a team to sign for.
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