Last year was San Francisco’s year. They were almost unbeatable until the Giants finished them off in the NFC Championship Game. They were very impressive, and Jim Harbaugh showed the NFL that he means business. Almost every single NFL and ESPN analyst says that the 49ers will destroy all competition in the NFC West. Well, I say not so fast. Taking a look back at the last team that impressed people and made people believe that they were the next big thing was the 2010 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They went 10-6 and were “robbed” of a playoff appearance. The next year they went 4-12. I’m saying that I’m not convinced that Harbaugh is all that, and I’m especially not convinced that a team that had nine straight losing seasons can just start making miraculous comebacks in the NFL.
So, here’s the bold prediction. The San Francisco 49ers will not win their division. There are two teams that are more appealing to me. One is the Seattle Seahawks. The other is a team that has been totally disregarded as a team, the St. Louis Rams. The only reason they did bad last year was because Bradford was injured. St. Louis had an excellent first round in the draft by drafting LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers. They may not have made loud noise in free agency, but I have a very good feeling about them.
I’m more sold on Seattle, though. I love Matt Flynn, and I think that he was one of the best free agents out there. And even if Flynn doesn’t work out, they have a very promising rookie quarterback in Wisconsin’s Russell Wilson. Wilson has looked great in the preseason. Not to mention, the defense for Seattle is very underrated. Nobody else has bigger cornerbacks than Seattle. Also, I believe that Earl Thomas is one of the best safeties in the NFL.
So, my bold prediction is that Seattle will win the NFC West and not San Francisco.Eric Drouant