NFL.com recently posted their predictions for division champions and playoff teams. While the Green Bay Packers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers were chosen winners by unanimous vote, the winner of the NFC West was a split decision with the highest number of votes in favor of the Los Angeles Rams. The San Francisco 49ers came in a close second and the Seattle Seahawks a far off third.
The last time the Rams won the division was in 2017, when they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs and again in 2018 when they finished as NFC Champions. Last season the division was won by the Seahawks who were ultimately ousted in the wildcard round by the Rams.
Regarding the vote, NFL analyst and former NFL cornerback Deangelo Hall described the division as the “toughest quartet in football” and said that Sean McVay’s Rams will sport the “most balanced and competent team” and “now have a great veteran quarterback that will make all the difference”
All four teams have made notable changes but the 49ers and the Rams stand out as far expected upgrades. If only due to the fact that the changes involve the most important position in the game, both teams went big to shake up the offenses center piece. The Rams made the trade of the offseason to bring in veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford and the 49ers traded up to grab Trey Lance with the third overall pick in the draft. While Lance has yet to be declared the clear starter in the bay, in Los Angeles, if Hall and the rest of the NFL voters are right, Stafford will be the edge to put the Rams back at the top of the NFC West and take another shot at the post season tournament.
And now for today’s links:
LA Rams UDFAs will be vital for Super Bowl season (RamblinFan)
LA Rams will face Andy Dalton in SNF season opener (RamblinFan)