Are Rams the only real playoff contender in NFC West? | SportsPulse

– The NFL season is
just around the corner, and this is a great time of the year. All teams are undefeated, full of hope, and dreaming up a path to the postseason. We’re going division by division to look at how every team will
and won’t make the playoffs. Up next we dive into the NFC West, where the Super Bowl runner-up Rams are easy favorites to make the playoffs, as long as the team’s best players, like Aaron Donald and Jared
Goff, do what they do. LA won’t make the playoffs
if Goff regresses, if Todd Gurley’s knee injury
continues to bother him, and if the rest of the league’s defenses catch up to Sean McVay’s high
octane offensive schemes. For the 49ers, it’s all
about Jimmy Garoppolo. He suffered a torn ACL after
just three games last season, and we still haven’t seen whether he can be a franchise quarterback. If he can, and if he elevates the play of everyone around him, San Francisco will make the postseason. But if the injury bug follows
him, or if he sputters, the Niners will be in trouble. Even in what was supposed to be a rebuild, the Seahawks surprised many and still made the playoffs last year. As long as their young
defense keeps developing and their rushing game
remains the most productive in the league, they’ll be back in. But if the retirement of
star received Doug Baldwin and the departures of
defensive end Frank Clark and safety Earl Thomas
are too much to overcome, Seattle will take a step back. Let’s be real, no one
really expects the Cardinals to make the playoffs, but they do it if Kyler Murray is a star in the making, if new coach Kliff Kingsbury
capitalizes on his swagger to bring innovation in Arizona’s offense, and if the team snaps the baffling trend of not involving David Johnson
heavily in the offense. But if all these changes need
a little more time to develop, Arizona will still be a few years away. (dynamic music)

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