Prior to the 2020 season, the NFC West was regarded as the best, most-competitive division in the NFL. Every team got better during that offseason and everyone knew it’d be tough sledding for any team to succeed against each other.
As of now, not much has changed.
According to divisional ranking by CBS Sports’ Jason LA Canfora, the NFC West remains the top division in the NFL.
“I could make the case for all four of these teams reaching the postseason, if I wanted.,” says La Canfora. “Personally, I still have major reservations about the Cardinals’ ability to compete at a high enough level defensively and I am waiting for that offense to truly evolve as well. Kyler Murray can only run around and make so many players. With the Rams making a major upgrade at quarterback, I am more bullish on them than I have been in years. The Seahawks are in the dance every year as long as Russ is there (and he still is!), and the 49ers are a trendy pick for a bounce-back season for good reason. The games between these teams will be wild. I really believe three of these teams have the chops to win the NFC West despite the challenges playing in it presents. Ultimately, injuries and travel could be what separates them. There is no truly weak link. Power division; power ratings.”
After a season where the Rams and ‘Hawks were the top teams in the group, the Cardinals (definitely got better this offseason) and the 49ers (healthy again) are both expected to be uber competitive in 2022. If you thought last year’s division crown was up in the air, this one is certainly anyone’s to take.
And now for today’s links.
Robert Woods and Jordan Fuller talk to the media (TheRams.com)
NFL sets three roster cutdown dares (The Rams Wire)
Rams ranked as the fourth-best offense by CBS Sports (Ramblin’ Fan)
Ernest Jones and Tutu Atwell speak to the media (TheRams.com)
The NFL sets the 2022 cap ceiling at $208.2 million (ESPN)
Adam Vinatieri is retiring from the NFL (ESPN)
The NFL okays 90-man roster ahead of training camp (NFL.com)
The Cowboys are hiring former Giants head coach Ben McAdoo as a consultant (NFL.com)
Ranking NFL divisions (CBS Sports)
A.J. Brown is trying to recruit Julio Jones to the Titans (Pro Football Talk)