Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/5/12
If not for the San Francisco 49ers, the NFC West might have been forced to enter another year as the doormat division of the NFL. With no team from its division boasting a winning record from 2011, the AFC West earns that dubious distinction this season.Looking ahead to the Week 1 action, Russell Wilson kicks off his NFL career with a trip to the desert to face the division-rival Cardinals in a battle of the NFC West birdies. The Rams and 49ers take to the Midwest in an attempt to tackle two of the league's premiere passing attacks. Let's look at the division's five most delicious storylines for Week 1, but not before delving into my NFC West over/under projections—in case you missed them.1. Alex Smith Against the Packers SecondaryLet me guess, you were probably expecting the headline to read "Aaron Rodgers vs. Alex Smith". Sorry, but I'm not about to beat that worn out drum. Of course, we will highlight the NFL's most efficient offense (Green Bay) against the league's top defense (...
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