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  • Chickens are counted WEEK one on the Calendar NFC_West outlook

    Anyone wish to rank the NFC West going into Week 1 of the 2018 season now that its for real with the 53 man roasters?

    1: Rams
    2: 49whiners
    3: Cards
    4: Squawks

    Am thinking the Rams will have the strongest defense in the NFC West with the 49whiners 2nd. I give the Rams the edge in balanced offense passing/ground game being 2nd in passing behind the 49whiners and 2nd against Squawks on the ground. On paper, the Rams doesn't have to lean on anyone part of either the passing or ground game where as the rest of the division is forced to either because of injury or skill level. Edge to the Rams in special teams being first with the Squawks a close second.

    The "x" factors are the 49whiner "D"...much improved playing with discipline... Cards playing better then they actually are--it just seems a new HC gets a better result his first year... Has the Squawks fixed their offensive woes enough to take pressure off their QB having to be their most reliable playmaker & have the Squawks lost too much on defense... Rams LBs, are they good enough to let the front dominate and the secondary ball hawk; just how prepared is the rest of the NFL and NFC W ready to deal with the Rams Offense now that they have had a year to study McVay and the Rams offense

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    Losing their starting rb didn't do the ***** any favors. At 29, Alfred Morris is still an adequate runner, but wasn't signed until after preseason started. I think they're going to miss having a faster guy in the backfield and it's going to limit a little bit of what Shanahan hopes to do on O.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by KoaKoi View Post
      Losing their starting rb didn't do the ***** any favors. At 29, Alfred Morris is still an adequate runner, but wasn't signed until after preseason started. I think they're going to miss having a faster guy in the backfield and it's going to limit a little bit of what Shanahan hopes to do on O.
      Its pretty much how I see it with the 49whiners, having to get it done through the air. It appears the Squawks made some effort to improve their OL--mostly so they can run the ball but I bet the farm its because the Rams upgraded and already good upfront defense

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Ram Dragoon View Post

        Its pretty much how I see it with the 49whiners, having to get it done through the air. It appears the Squawks made some effort to improve their OL--mostly so they can run the ball but I bet the farm its because the Rams upgraded and already good upfront defense
        For sure. Plus, the chickens best player on offense, bar none, is Wilson. So they have got to make sure he's got time to throw or be able to move outside and grab yardage on his feet. You take Wilson out of the game and it is sayonara. Just take a look at the beatdown from last year. They were soooo embarrassed. Literally, humiliated. Ensuring that doesn't happen again is job one for their gm

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