We are less than 100 days away before the NFL season starts and with all the health issues that the COVID-19 contingency has brought to us, it looks that the NFL Season is safe, maybe with a little schedule change, but there will be NFL!!!… We are going to start with our Divisional analysis,  one by week, and we are going to start with the NFC West !!

ARIZONA CARDINALS 

Key Arrivals

WR DeAndre Hopkins, NT Jordan Phillips, DE/OLB Devon Kennard, LB De’Vondre Campbell.Key Departures

WR Damiere Byrd, TE Charles Clay, C A.Q. Shipley, LB Haason Reddick. 

Best Draft Picks

Isaiah Simmons, Clemson, OLB (Rd 1)

Josh Jones, Houston, OT (Rd 3)

Leki Fotu, Utah, DT (Rd 4)

Rashard Lawrence, LSU, DT (Rd 4)

Analysis

Arizona it’s having one of the best offseasons in the NFL, they look like one of the most reinforced offenses in the league, the star RB, David Johnson, left, but Keenan Drake has come and looks to be in great shape, they retained their leader Larry Fitzgerald one more year and made a trade to obtain who today is the best WR in the NFL, DeAndre Hopkins, all of them will be commanded by the 2019 1st overall pick, QB Kyler Murray, who is expected to have a great year,  in the Draft they reinforced their defense with the great Clemson prospect Isaiah Simmons and two offensive tackles, who must inject vitality to one of the league’s worst defenses last year if the defense manages to raise its bar and stay in the top 15 in the NFL, Arizona has a shot this year.

* 2020 Projection: 8-8

 

LOS ANGELES RAMS  

Key Arrivals

DT A’Shawn Robinson, DE/OLB Leonard Floyd.

Key Departures

RB Todd Gurley, WR Brandin Cooks, DE/OLB Dante Fowler, DE/OLB Clay Matthews, LB Cory Littleton, K Greg Zuerlein.

Best Draft Picks

Cam Akers, Florida State, RB (Rd 2)

Van Jefferson, Florida, WR (Rd 2)

Terrell Lewis, Alabama, OLB (Rd 3)

Terrell Burgess, Utah, S (Rd 3)

Brycen Hopkins, Purdue, TE (Rd 4)

Analysis

 The Rams bet everything on 2018 and 2019 and did not reach the goal, now the team is falling apart due to salary cap problems and the lack of Draft Picks because of the trades made in the past, their once strong and feared defense has lost a lot of key pieces, starting with the departure of the great Defensive coordinator, the veteran Wade Phillips, Aaron Donald has lost almost all of his teammates on the defensive line and his best LB left in free agency … It will be a very difficult season for the Rams.

 * 2020 Projection: 7-9

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 

Key Arrivals

WR Travis Benjamin, OT Trent Williams, G Mike Person, G Tom Compton.

Key Departures

RB Matt Breida, WR Emmanuel Sanders, WR Marquise Goodwin, TE Levine Toilolo, OT Joe Staley, G Mike Person, DT DeForest Buckner, DT Sheldon Day.

Best Draft Picks

Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina, DT (Rd 1)

Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State, WR (Rd 1)

Colton McKivitz, West Virginia, OT (Rd 5)

Analysis

I have a bold prediction for this one… I think San Francisco will fall this season, if the head coach is off, everyone will fall with him, Kyle Shanahan, who is a great coach, do not misunderstand me, however, having lost the Super Bowl the  way they did, when they had a good lead in the 3rd quarter, very similar to what happened to him in Atlanta when he was the Offensive Coordinator, is going to affect him mentally, hopefully for the good of the team he can shake off that loss, but it will be difficult, even so, I see the 49s fighting to be in the Playoffs, unlike being the steamroller they were last season.

* 2020 Projection: 9-7

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 

Key Arrivals

RB Carlos Hyde, WR Phillip Dorsett, TE Greg Olsen, OT Brandon Shell, OT Cedric Ogbuehi, G Chance Warmack, C B.J. Finney, DE Benson Mayowa, DE/OLB Bruce Irvin, CB Quinton Dunbar.

Key Departures

RB Marshawn Lynch, WR Josh Gordon, OT George Fant, G Mike Iupati, G D.J. Fluker, C Justin Britt, DE Jadeveon Clowney, DE Ezekiel Ansah, DT Quinton Jefferson, DT Al Woods, OLB Mychal Kendricks, S Tedric Thompson.

Best Draft Picks

Jordyn Brooks, Texas Tech, OLB (Rd 1)

Darrell Taylor, Tennessee, DE (Rd 2)

Damien Lewis, LSU, OG (Rd 3)

Colby Parkinson, Stanford, TE (Rd 4)

DeeJay Dallas, Miami, RB (Rd 4)

Analysis

In such a competitive division, those who have the better character and who has the better leader has the advantage, in this case they are the Seahawks, who, along with their QB Russel Wilson and their HC Pete Carroll, have kept competitive despite the loss of talented players and coaches, they have suffered in recent years, the offense looks stronger than ever with DK Metcalf growing as WR 1, the RB corps was reinforced a lot with the arrival of Carlos Hyde and they have reinforced the offensive line to give Wilson better protection, if we add the No. 12 factor when they play at home,  they are one of the most difficult teams to beat in the league, I think they can take the division and be in the Playoffs again.

* 2020 Projection: 10-6

That’s all for this week and stay tuned for the next division analysis!! Also, Follow our Twitter page for all of the best NFL news!

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