Jan 19, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) runs for a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers in the third quarter of the 2013 NFC Championship football game at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Seattle Seahawks: 13-3
San Francisco 49ers: 12-4
Arizona Cardinals: 9-7
St. Louis Rams: 7-9
Easily the best division in football, this race is going to be one for the ages. Two of the most physical teams in football will be neck and neck all season long, trying to obtain that top seed. The Cardinals will also be lingering behind them, waiting to see if the two giants accidentally slip up. Arizona has put together a nice team in the desert, and I would not be surprised if they made a run to the top.
The reason I’m going with Seattle over San Francisco is because they still have the better defense, and they own the best home-field advantage in the game. You can pretty much pencil in eight wins at home this year, as it takes a lot to bring them down up in Seattle. The same cannot be said for the Niners. They are a fine home team, but they will slip up a few times in the red jerseys.
Seattle has that confidence, and that mystique that the Niners so desperately want. That will be what ultimately pushes them over the top, and repeat as division champs. I’m not a big Russell Wilson fan, but as long as he has that running game, and that defense, he has what it takes to lead the Seahawks back to the promised land.