In 2021, the Rams took advantage of the fact that Arizona lost strength in the final stretch of the regular season (2-4 in its last seven games) to obtain the fourteenth NFC West crown in its history ─eventually they got the Super Bowl. For the 2022 campaign, the Los Angeles club looks like a favorite to repeat in the division, but the 49ers and Cardinals want to avoid it.
Sean McVay managed to retain 80% of the Super Bowl LVI starters and, although he lost Von Miller, convinced Aaron Donald not to retire with a pact of three campaigns and 95 million dollars.
Rams roster, which also features Cooper Kupp and Matthew Stafford, is seen as one of the wide favorites to lift the Vince Lombardi trophy (+1200) at bookmakers. However, the Buccaneers and Packers have a better chance of reaching the Super Bowl according to Las Vegas.
The organization most likely to stop Los Angeles is the 49ers. After Jimmy Garoppolo’s failed experiment, Kyle Shanahan will hand over the offensive reins of the ‘Niners’ to Trey Lance, recruited in the first round of the 2021 Draft. The main problem with this relief is that ‘Jimmy-G’ will remain in San Francisco and can complicate the dressing room.
The product of North Dakota State now has the responsibility to command an attack that boasts Deebo Samuel and George Kittle as its best weapons. In 2021, the 49ers finished with the league’s seventh-best rushing for 6,387 yards.
In 2021 the Cardinals led the NFC West for 12 games (9-2), but for the second consecutive season Kliff Kingsbury couldn’t keep Arizona afloat, knocking them out of the division crown.
For the campaign that will start this Thursday, the Phoenix club seems to be one step below and they will be without DeAndre Hopkins in the first six games of the regular season for a suspension. However, the franchise will no longer have to worry about the fate of Kyler Murray, who signed a five-year, $230.5 million extension.
The Seahawks seem destined for the basement of the division. Pete Carroll brought the Russell Wilson era to an abrupt end, now with the Broncos, and Seattle appears to be on the verge of rebuilding.
By 2022 Geno Smith and Drew Lock will dispute the ownership of the Seahawks. It was previously speculated that Garoppolo was in Carroll’s sights; however, San Francisco wasn’t comfortable with the possibility of their quarterback ending up with a division rival.
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Rams look like the favorites to be crowned in the NFC West