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Thursday, September 01, 2005

NFL Preview, Part 3: The NFC West

Note: Time is short and computer problems are rampant, so this installment will be slightly abbreviated. Then again, if any division deserves to be abbreviated, it's this one.

The biggest mystery in this division is the Arizona Cardinals. They have the makings of a good offense with Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald, the rookie J.J. Arrington, and the addition of Kurt Warner at quarterback. On paper it looks like they're headed in the right direction, but it's tough to get optimistic about the Cardinals.

My main concern is the offensive line, which can really ruin a strict pocket passer like Warner. If there is no one left to throw to the receivers, these guys are toast.

And Arrington hasn't exactly lit the world on fire either.

Still, this is an improving team, and while they are not ready to light the world on fire yet, they'll be OK. Third in the West.

What about Mike Martz and the Rams? It looks as if his offense is back in high gear with Steven Jackson taking over for Marshal Faulk. I also think the defense may be slightly improved. A possible wild card team that may contend for a division crown with Seattle.

I like Seattle a lot this year. After a disappointing season in which Bobby Engram, their most sure-handed receiver, cost them a playoff game by dropping a pass on fourth down with 27 seconds left, they should rebound in a major way. They have become more sure-handed at receiver by ditching the troublesome Koren Robinson, they still have Shaun Alexander, and I think that Matt Hasselbeck will have a big year.

This is a well rounded team, and with the exception of the Rams, they should be able to dominate their division. They win the West, and could make some playoff noise.

As for the 49ers, they're horrible. Probably the worst team in all of football. But at least they produce funny sexual harassment videos.

I probably won't be able to get to the rest of the league until next week. I'm going to a friend's wedding in Philly tomorrow, and I'll be on a plane for most of the day. I may get a few more posts up, but if not, have a nice labor day weekend.


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