The up coming season is going to be no cake walk for the Cardinals during divisional games. It seems as if though every team in the division, in some way got better, except the Cardinals. Though the Cards had there chance with Peyton Manning, they could not close out the deal and now Tebow is in the Big Apple and Manning is chillin with John Elway in the Mountain High City.
The 49ers- Though it doesnt seem like they really added anyone of great stature, but they did add where they were weak. They were dominant at all areas last year except Wide Reciever. They added Randy Moss. Moss adds a new weapon for Alex Smith to throw to. Moss, even though he is 35, can still stretch the field like no other. He will provide a deep threat for the 49ers and can possibly act as a mentor for Michael Crabtree and Kevin Williams. The 49ers also signed Mario Manningham. He produced some above average in New York. Catching 18 touchdowns and having 2,315 receving yards in his 4 season with the Giants. Its hard to see the 49ers doing any worse than their 13 wins in 2011. With their lights out defense and hard nose attitude of Jim Harbaugh, its hard not to see the 49ers repeating as division champions.
The Seahawks- Though they did not make a lot of moves since the end of the season, the Seahawks made some moves that can only benefit them in the near future. The major move that they made was signing the highly touted back-up QB out of Green Bay. Matt Flynn, who set franchise records for the Packers in the few starts that he had when Rogers was out with a concussion, was the QB to get in the offseason before Manning was released by the Colts. In his four years with the Packers, he has thrown for just a bit more than 1000 yards and a total of 9 touchdowns. In the game against the Lions last season, Matt Flynn threw for 480 yards and 6 touchdowns, both Packers single game records. The best that the Cards and the rest of the league can hope for is that he does not come any where close to those numbers in any single game. The other move that the Seahawks made that will help them out for the near future is signing Marshawn Lynch to a 4 year deal. Lynch has been the work horse of the Seattle offense. With quarterbacks like Charle Whitehurst and Tarvis Jackson, the Seahawks have had to rely heavily on Lynch. Hopefully Lynch is throwing skittles on the Cards or going beast mode against them like he did against the Saints in the playoffs a couple of years ago.
The Rams- Arguably the team in the NFC West that made the biggest splash this offseason with the moves that were made. After Tennessee fired Jeff Fisher, the Rams were able to woe him to St. Louis. He has a track record of never disappointing when it comes to coaching a team. He is by far one of the most respected coaches in the league. He is primed to turn the Rams sorrows around and bring them back to their days of "The Greatest Show On Turf." With young Sam Bradford at the helm of the Rams offense and Steven Jackson carrying the rock, the Rams are going to be hard to stop on offense. Also the addition of Steve Smith, adds another reciever to go along with Brandon Llyod. The addition of Scott Wells, improves an offensive line that was prone to giving up the sack and undoubtedly led to the injury that Sam Bradford was subject to last season. Also the addition of Brian Schotemhiemer as the offensive coordinator should spark the Rams once dismal offense.
Hopefully, with a full year under his belt, Kolb can do what he was expected to do when he was brought here and just recently paid a 7 million dollar bonus. The one area that I believe the Cards do have an advantage over every team in the division is special teams! No one comes close to the punt returning skills of Patrick Peterson. He is the one game changer that no other team has in their arsenal. And with Jay Feely running down the field on kickoffs, that just adds one more player willing to drop the other teams return man. Though the only team that can somewhat come close is the 49ers. Ted Ginn Jr. is always dangerous in the return game and the 49ers have one of the better punters in the division in Andy Lee and David Akers does not miss many field goals.
Anything can happen in a season. Hopefully the Cards come out on top of the pile and make there way into the playoffs!