2009 NFC West Preview

Thursday, September 10, 2009

1. Arizona Cardinals

Predicted Record: 11-5
Playoff Seed: 3

Key Player: Offensive Lineman, I think its officially time to stop doubting 95 year old Kurt Warner's ability to throw for infinite amounts of yards and score infinite amounts of points. I do doubt whether he can stay healthy if he gets crushed a few plays in a row, so if the line doesn't do their job the Cardinals may sink.

Fantasy Player to Eye: Beanie Wells, Tim Hightower isn't good. Beanie Wells can win the job even if he isn't impressive. When he wins the job he'll be somewhat relevant because he'll touch the ball but still it's likely Warner and Fitzy and Co. steal all the TDs.

Why the Record: A mediocre schedule with a lot of offensive fire power equals a slightly above average record.

2. Seattle Seahawks

Predicted Record: 5-11
Playoff Seed: 6

Key Position: Matt Hasselbeck, Did you see what happenned to the Seahawks when Seneca Wallace was their starting quarterback? It didn't quite work out well for them.

Fantasy Player to Watch: TJ Houshmazilla, As the #1 wideout in Seattle I predict not so great things. Unless Nate Burleson can command double teams, they likely will fall over to Housh and with those double teams he likely won't be nearly as productive as he has been in the past.

Why the Record: Wow, I hate the west coast apparently. The Seahawks probably won't be this bad, especially since they do play the Rams and Niners twice a piece.

3. St. Louis Rams

Predicted Record: 4-12

Key Player: Marc Bulger, He gets injured, he plays through injury, they lose a lot of games, than he sits out, and they get worse. It's pretty much been the Marc Bulger story the past few years.

Fantasy Player to Eye: Donnie Avery, Thee quick little guy had some big plays last year and made a few splashes in the fantasy world. Will he become a consistent threat or was he more of a flash in the pan?

Why the Record: When exactly was the last team this offense stayed remotely healthy? As soon as Bulger goes down, and he's already got a broken pinky on his throwing hand, this team will morph back into its putrid self.

4. San Francisco 49ers

Predicted Record: 4-12

Key Player: Patrick Willis, Imagine if Patrick Willis was injured for the 49ers, who exactly would there be left to watch? Shaun Hill?

Fantasy Player to Watch: Glen Coffee, On the relatively likely chance that Frank Gore gets injured, Coffee is the next in line to sneak away carries and pick up the meaningless yards available to him against the miserable NFC West.

Why the Record: God I have an East Coast Bias....

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