The 49ers will improve again this season. They still have an average defense , but the offense has some more potential this year. Shaun Hill finished out the season at QB last year and surprised everyone with his performance. This year Michael Crabtree joins Isaac Bruce and Josh Morgan at wideout. If the trio of receivers can develop a nice chemistry with Hill they could have a surprisingly adept passing game. Frank Gore is a beast when healthy, if he can stay healthy injuries the Niners will have a formidable running game as well.
Many are predicting a drastic turnaround from the Seattle Seahawks but I do not see that happening. Matt Hasselback is not the quarterback he used to be healthy receivers or not. Julius Jones may be improvement over last year's running game but he does not compare to Shaun Alexander in his heyday. T.J. Houshmandzadeh is a nice pickup but now he’s paired with Nate Burleson not Chad Ochocinco. It remains to be seen what he can do as the number one receiving threat. They did make a few big moves to improve their awful defense but it is not going to make a significant jump. In short, this team is not as good as the Seahawks that used to dominate NFC West and the rest of the division has gotten better.
The St. Louis Rams are in a bit of rebuilding year with new head coach Steve Spagnuolo. They will not be improving much on last year's dismal record however. Quarterback Marc Bulger and running back Steven Jackson are not as dynamic as they once were. The Rams did not do enough in the offseason to immediately improve their terrible defense.
1. Dallas Cowboys
2. Minnesota Vikings
3. Arizona Cardinals
4. New Orleans Saints
5. Washington Redskins
6. Green Bay Packers