The 49ers surprised everybody last year with their run to the NFC Championship. Alex Smith and Coach Jim Harbaugh gelled and Patrick Willis led one of the most feared defenses in the league. Looks like the Niners will be back atop the division because everything else is looking pretty sad. John Skelton and Russell Wilson could be Week One starters. As for the Rams? Matt Barkley is looking promising!
As for what you need to know about the NFC West, here’s the best preview on the Internet.
Key additions: WR Michael Floyd, CB William Gay, G Adam Snyder, S James Sanders.
Key losses: G Deuce Lutui, CB Richard Marshall
2012 Projected wins (via BeyondTheBets.com): 6.35
Over 6.5 (even)
Under 6.5 (-130)
Key Additions: WR Randy Moss, WR Mario Manningham, WR A.J. Jenkins, RB LaMichael James, RB Brandon Jacobs, QB Josh Johnson
Key Losses: G Adam Snyder, WR Josh Morgan, G Chilo Rachal, ST Blake Costanzo
2012 Projected wins (via BeyondTheBets.com): Projected wins: 9.76
Over 10 (even)
Under 10 (-130)
Key Additions: QB, Russell Wilson, QB Matt Flynn, DT/DE Jason Jones, TE Kellen Winslow, G Deuce Lutui, OLB/DE Bruce Irvin, LB Barrett Ruud
Key Losses: LB David Hawthorne, TE John Carlson, G Robert Gallery, CB Marcus Trufant, QB Charlie Whitehurst
2012 Projected wins (via BeyondTheBets.com): Projected wins: 7.17
Over 7 (-115)
Under 7 (-115)
Key Additions: CB Cortland Finnegan, C Scott Wells, DE/DT Kendall Langford, DT Michael Brockers, WR Brian Quick, RB Isaiah Pead, K Greg Zuerlein
Key Losses: WR Brandon Lloyd, G Jacob Bell, LB Chris Chamberlain, C Jason Brown, CB Ron Bartell, DT Justin Bannan, K Josh Brown, P Donnie Jones, RB Cadillac Williams, CB Al Harris
2012 Projected wins (via BeyondTheBets.com): Projected wins: 5.38
Over 5 (even)
Under 5 (-130)