NFC West Quarterly Review

By John Ware
NFC West Battle
Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Seahawks currently sit atop the NFC West division with the San Francisco 49ers in second, then the Arizona Cardinals and the St. Louis Rams are rounding out the rest of the division. Though there have only been a few divisional games so far, this division could still rise up as the most physical and competitive in the NFL this season.

Obviously, the battle for the crown will be between the 49ers and the Seahawks, but the Cardinals may ruin one of those team’s chances at the title and maybe even a spot in the playoffs. Expect for the 49ers to somehow put it together and find a way to win the division through a tiebreaker or Seattle losing certain games because quarterback Russell Wilson has no one to throw the ball to.

The Cardinals are scary because they have wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and a more-than-stout defense. If Arizona could ever develop a running game or even a short passing game to compensate, then they could easily challenge for a wildcard spot if not the division crown. But the team would have to find a solution by Week 5.

The Rams could still pull it together, but they need better play from their wide receivers and their running backs. This division can still get interesting if the top-two decline and/or the top-two incline. Be prepared for another four interesting weeks for each team and wonder who will survive or who may be eliminated from the postseason.

John Ware is a San Francisco 49ers writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @OutermindMedia, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+.

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