Good morning, NFC West. We're going to dive into this first week following offseason programs with playoff predictions from ESPN analyst Mark Schlereth.
Around the NFC West: June 17, 2013
The video atop this item features Schlereth's thoughts on the playoff teams from last season. He's taking the Seattle Seahawks to win the NFC West. He's also projecting a postseason berth for the San Francisco 49ers.
The St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals went without a mention. That is probably just fine by @Dave_Chm_11, who asked me to "please keep sleeping on the Cardinals," even though I think Arizona will be the most improved team in the NFC West after making the most significant move in the division this offseason.
A couple of the places listing NFL odds for the 2013 season show the 49ers as slight betting favorites over the Seahawks to win the division, followed by the Rams. The Cardinals are listed as much longer shots in both places. That probably reflects perceptions about the team lingering from last season, when Arizona lost 11 of its final 12 games.
Perceptions can change quickly, but usually not during June and July, when players are off and rosters are pretty much set.