No contest here. The 49ers went 13-3 last season and finished a fumbled punt short of the Super Bowl. The offense is better and the defense is just as good as it was. The rest of the division is in catch-up mode for the time being.
San Francisco 49ers: All I needed to see to pick San Francisco to win this division was the return of all 11 starters from a defense that was as solid and fundamentally sound as any I have seen in years. The offense doesn’t need to do much, but will also be improved with the additions of Mario Manningham and a supposedly motivated Randy Moss. The 49ers will compete for the NFC’s top seed.
St. Louis Rams: Sam Bradford’s healthier, Steven Jackson has a top-notch understudy in Isaiah Pead and Jeff Fisher is a top-notch coach. I’m not expecting playoffs from this team but they’ll be better. That’ll be enough to move them up a couple notches in the division.
Seattle Seahawks: The bottom three spots in this division are a bit of a tossup in my eyes. In...