- 08/13/2011, 07:51AM ET
DJRoxalot said 08/14, 03:22 AM
The St. Louis Rams.
They are a very good up and coming team that has an excellent young QB in Sam Bradford and they are surrounding him with the kind of offensive talent he needs to succeed.
He has an excellent RB in Steven Jackson (1,624 total yards from scrimmage, 6 TD's). A proven RB who can carry a heavy workload. But they went out and added depth by signing RB's Cadillac Williams and Jerious Norwood to provide insurance should Jackson get hurt. They might have the best trio of RB's in the NFL.
Brandon Gibson had a decent year with 53 catches in Donnie Avery's absence and gives them a big physical WR. Danny Amendola is a an excellent slot WR who had a career year with 85 catches and is similar to Wes Welker.
They drafted Austin Pettis and he is another big physical WR. But the Rams acquired Mike Sims-Walker and he has all the signs of becoming a legit No.1 WR. Just 2 years ago he caugh 63 passes for 869 yards (13.7ypc) with 7 TD's.
Avery returns and gives them all kinds of intriguing possibilities on offense. They have a nice mix of big physical WR's and smaller slot WR's.
Bundyrocksalot said 08/14, 04:33 AM
(Dusting off the cobwebs) Well it has been a while since Ive done one of these so bare with me.
My choice and it pains me to say this... The Minnesota Vikings.
Minnesota had a flop season last year largely due to an injured Brett Favre not taking a hint and stepping aside and knowing when to quit. That is for another time.
Minnesota was 6-10 last season. They have the talent on the field to win 9 or even 10 games.
Donavan McNabb has something to prove after being shunned by his prior two teams. At age 34 he still can move and could lead Minnesota to a very good season.
You have Adrian Peterson who creates a solid 1-2 punch with McNabb at QB. They also have a pretty good Recieving core. And still a solid defense led by Jared Allen.
The Rams won 7 games and that was good enough for a division winner. I think they are still a year or two away from a .500 season. Though a playoff run could be in the works with that divison. Other teams to choose from? Miami, Buffalo, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Houston, Tenneseee, Denver, Dallas, Washington, Detroit, Carolina, Seattle, San Francisco, and Arizona.
Anything is possible in the west. But 8 games wins that divison.
DJRoxalot said 08/14, 07:37 AM
Josh McDaniels was added to the coaching staff to serve as the Offensive Coordinator and to work with Bradford and help him continue to develop into a better QB. McDaniels might not be head coaching matertial but he is a pretty good OC as he showed under Bill's tutelage in New England.
The Rams added some players to defense as well as the offense. They just signed Ben Leber (46 tackles, 4 PD, 3 tackles for a loss, 1 INT and 1 fumble recovery) to a 1 year deal.
Quintin Mikell (88 tackles, 15 PD, 3 INT's and 1 sack) was a huge upgrade at SS.
Al Harris was also signed to be a nickel back.
Zac Diles (82 tackles) was signed to be the MLB. And he is a big hitter.
These will definitely help improve a defense that was
18th in total ypg allowed
19th in passing ypg allowed
17th in rushing ypg allowd
12th in scoring defense
Add Spags defensive genius and this is going to be a heck of a defense.
The Vikings play in a much more competitive NFC North that has the defending SB champs Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears and a vastly improved Detroit Lions.
The Rams will go 10-6 and win the NFC West.
More to come.
Bundyrocksalot said 08/14, 11:33 PM
Josh McDaniels? Really? You are right about one thing. He is not head coaching material. Hopefully for the Rams sake he doesnt try to take his head coaching experience with him to St Louis. I for one don't think that McDaniels is what Bradford needs. Bradford is already a very good Quarterback. With a season under his belt he needs guideance and experience. I don't see him and McDaniels meshing well together. Now does that mean the Rams won't win the division? No, I just think the Vikings are going to win more games.
The Vikings playing in a more competitive NFC North is really to their advantage. They will be playing tougher competition each game, which will give them an edge against other teams. You figure even if they go 2-4 in the division they could very well go 7-3 or 8-2 in the other games. There games against non division opponants are @ SD, vs TB, @KC, vs ARZ, @CAR, vs OAK, vs DEN, vs NO, @ WASH
Personally, I beleive 9 wins is enough to win this particular TD. So, assuming they only go 2-4 in the division. They would have to win 7 games. I wont go into detail. But I can very easily see 7 wins over those listed teams.
DJRoxalot said 08/15, 03:22 AM
Why would he? Josh needs to prove he deserves another chance as the HC somewhere. After his time in Denver? I am sure he is just looking to prove he can be an effective OC without Bill.
I don't see him and McDaniels meshing well together."
"The Vikings playing in a more competitive NFC North is really to their advantage."
No, it really isn't. The Vikings are an older team and would benefit from playing an easier schedule so the vets don't get beat up in those heated rivalry games.
Let us look at the schedules.
The Rams have these games outside the Division: Philadelphia, @ NYG, Baltimore, Washington, @ Dallas, New Orleans, @ Cleveland, @ Cincinnati, Pittsburgh.
The tough games are at home vs Philly, Baltimore, New Orleans and Pitt. And the Rams are quite capable of winning those since 3 of those teams are East Coast teams traveling to the West Coast. And the Philly and Pitt games are early ones.
As opposed to Minny's tough games being on the road: @ SD and @ KC. NO and TB at home are no gimme games.
Minny is going to be lucky to go 8-8 while the Rams are quite capable of improving by 3 games.
The Rams have much more upside than Minny.
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