1. Rams (10-6)
2. 49ers (8-8)
3. Seahawks (7-9)
4. Cardinals (5-11)
Yes, the Los Angeles Rams will retain their division title, but it won’t be as comfortable as in recent years. Have the Patriots set a blueprint for how defenses can find success against this Rams offense? Another factor will be whether star running back Todd Gurley is fully healthy or whether the Rams will split the carries between their running backs.
Even so, the Rams are still one of the NFC’s top teams. They finished second in total offense last season, and also second in scoring offense. Getting Cooper Kupp back from injury will also help.
With Jimmy Garoppolo fully healthy, can the San Francisco 49ers take the next step and contend in the division? They certainly have the roster to compete. With a deep running back room, talent at wide receiver and a star tight end in George Kittle, Kyle Shanahan’s offense could be very good. Defensively, drafting Nick Bosa and trading for Dee Ford could help the defense move up from last season’s No. 13 ranking.
Working against San Francisco is a tough schedule, which is why I predict it will win eight games and miss out on the playoffs this year.
The Seattle Seahawks also miss out at 7-9. The Arizona Cardinals improve in the win column from 2018, but their focus should be on 2020.