Predicting All Eight NFL Division Winners

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Dec 21, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) breaks a tackle by Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Alex Okafor (57) during a 79 yard touchdown run in the second half at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

NFC West

Seattle: 11-5

Arizona: 9-7

St. Louis: 7-9

San Francisco 5-11

Oh, how times have changed in this division. Remember two short years ago when Seattle and San Francisco were not only the giants in this division, but in the entire league? Now, the Niners will be competing for a top 5 draft pick, and the Seahawks’ defense will definitely be taking a step back after their near miss at back-to-back Super Bowls. The Cardinals and Rams are both making up ground on Seattle, but this year, they won’t be able to overtake them.

Seattle still has arguably the best running back in the game in Marshawn Lynch, and despite some losses, they still have a top defense to lean on. Arizona’s defense has holes in the front seven, and the Rams’ defense has holes in the secondary. And when it comes to the offenses, the Rams aren’t in the same planet as the Seahawks or Cardinals, which is why they will struggle to stay with them in the divisional race.

Why Seattle over Arizona? A better front seven, a better running game, and a home-field advantage that the Cards absolutely cannot match. Seattle will contend once again.

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