The division was formed in 1967 as the National Football League Coastal Division, keeping with the theme of having all of the league’s divisions starting with the letter “C.” After the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, the division was renamed the NFC West. The 2002 league re-alignment changed the entire look of the division. The Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints moved into the NFC South, while the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks moved in. The St. Louis Rams remained in the West, preserving the historical rivalry with the San Francisco 49ers that has existed since 1950.
With the Rams’ return to Los Angeles in 2016, the entire NFC West is now located west of the Rockies for the first time in NFL history.
In 2010, the NFC West became the first division in NFL history to have a champion with a losing record, as the Seahawks won with a 7-9 mark. They lost in the second round of the playoffs. The Seahawks were joined on that list in 2014 by the Panthers, who won the NFC South with a record of 7-8-1. They also lost in the second round of the playoffs.
Since re-alignment, the Seahawks have led the division in wins, division titles and playoff appearances. They were also the last Super Bowl winner from the division when they crushed the Denver Broncos 43-8 in 2013.
NFC West Eastern Conference Standings
Bettors can compare NFC West teams against the entire league in this feature. Other statistics worth noting are the team’s record at home and on the road, and how they’re doing within their division and conference.
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Every team in this division had a losing record on the road last season. Their play within the NFC was less than stellar as well. The Seahawks appear to be the favorite to repeat as division champs, but their offensive line needs to step up its play to help keep quarterback Russell Wilson healthy.
Wilson had his worst QB rating of his career last season and the Seahawks still finished 10-5-1. But he also had one of his worst seasons for touchdown passes and his highest for interceptions and total sack yardage. Obviously, a greater focus in 2017 will be on protecting their sixth-year QB. The Seahawks don’t have back-to-back road games for the first time in franchise history, and of their four prime-time games, three are at home. The NFC West is their division to lose.
The Cardinals had a year to forget in 2016 at 7-8-1. They were just 3-7 against non-divisional opponents. It was their first losing season since 2012. Their mediocre play last season was rewarded with the 23rd hardest schedule in the NFL season. Can they rebound and make a run in the playoffs? That question rests squarely on the shoulder of 37-year-old quarterback Carson Palmer. There are only five NFL position players older than the 15-year veteran. Time is not on Arizona’s side.
The Rams have had 10 straight losing seasons. They traded up big time to get Jared Goff with the No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft and, even for a rookie QB, he was uninspiring. The climb above .500 for L.A. will take time. They’re committed to it now, with a young quarterback and running back in Todd Gurley leading the way. The good news is that the Rams have a top 10 defense. The bad news is 6-10 looks like a best-case scenario for 2017.
Their record says it all. The 49ers were 2-14 last season — only the Cleveland Browns were worse. Can new rookie head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch improve this club? Of course, but it will take time. They maneuvered their way to take three defensive players with their top three picks in their first draft. On the bright side, the 49ers will have one of the easiest schedules in the NFL. On the downside, they were 1-7 both at home and on the road last season. This will likely be another long season in San Fran.
Where Can I Bet On NFC West Conference Online
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