NFC West: Rams set for another deep playoff run

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Los Angeles Rams

VERSUS. Raiders: December 8, SoFi Stadium

KEY ADDITIONS: WR Allen Robinson, LB Bobby Wagner

KEY SUBTRACTIONS: LT Andrew Whitworth, OLB Von Miller, CB Darious Williams

OUTLOOK: The Rams have lost a few key players, starting with solid left tackle Andrew Whitworth and guard Austin Corbett. They also traded wide receiver Robert Woods. On top of that, quarterback Matt Stafford has been struggling with an elbow issue that may persist. Nonetheless, the Rams remain loaded on both sides of the ball, led by wide receiver Cooper Kupp on offense, and of course, Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey lead a miserly defense.

TO END: First

San Francisco 49ers

VERSUS. Raiders: January 1, Allegiant Stadium

KEY ADDITIONS: CB Charvarius Ward, WR Ray-Ray McCloud, DE Drake Jackson

KEY SUBTRACTIONS: C Alex Mack, OG Laken Tomlinson, RB Raheem Mostert

OUTLOOK: After a season in which they won their second Super Bowl in three years, the 49ers are taking a calculated risk by switching quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to second-year prospect Trey Lance. Lance has a much higher cap, but the 49ers are taking a big risk hoping he’ll be up to the challenge. The 49ers are expertly coached by Kyle Shanahan. His expertise will be needed this season.

TO END: Second

Arizona Cardinals

VERSUS. Raiders: September 18, Allegiant Stadium

KEY ADDITIONS: WR Marquise Brown, TE Trey McBride, RB Darrel Williams

KEY SUBTRACTIONS: WR Christian Kirk, LB Jordan Hicks, OLB Chandler Jones.

OUTLOOK: The Cardinals should be knocking on the door of a division championship, and it could happen this season, especially with the addition of longball threat Marquise Brown, who will help open the field for Kyler Murray. The problem is star receiver DeAndre Hopkins will miss the first six games serving a PED suspension. If the Cardinals can successfully navigate this stretch, it’s an offense and a team to watch.

TO END: Third

Seattle sea ​​hawks

VERSUS. Raiders: November 27, Lumen Field

KEY ADDITIONS: QB Drew Lock, TE Noah Fant, DL Shelby Harris, LB/DE Uchenna Nwosu

KEY SUBTRACTIONS: QB Russell Wilson, LB Bobby Wagner, CB DJ Reed

OUTLOOK: It’s the end of the most stable era in franchise history and the start of a new adventure for longtime coach Pete Carroll, who is preparing for one last hurrah trying to get the Seahawks back on track. back on track after leaving Russell Wilson. It can’t be overstated what Wilson meant to Seattle, but change is part of the business. For now, Geno Smith is taking over at QB, but he’s only a replacement for a long-term answer to the position.

TO END: Fourth

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