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NFC West Prediction 2016

The Cardinals continued their rise in the NFC West as they won the division title in 2015. Bruce Arians took over in 2013 and has helped establish a powerhouse in Arizona. The Cardinals had been waiting since Kurt Warner took them to the Super Bowl to return to prominence and Arians has done that for them. Carson Palmer has had a resurgence as a Cardinal and they are poised to repeat in 2016.

The Cardinals had the #1 rated offense in the NFL last season with 6,533 total yards of offense and 30.6 points per game thanks to Palmer, David Johnson, and Chris Johnson. Larry Fitzgerald also had a renaissance year with 1,215 yards receiving. Arizona was also the #5 rated defense just ahead of the team that beat them in the playoffs, the Carolina Panthers. The Cardinals held teams to 19.6 points per game and their offense did the rest of the job. I think despite the Seahawks getting Brandon Browner back and a very good and evolving passing game, the Arizona Cardinals will repeat as NFC West champions in 2016. The Cardinals have added a great first round pick in Robert Nkemdiche and if he can put his off the field troubles behind him then the Cardinals got a top 10 talent at the end of the first round. In addition to that, Bruce Arians is a better offensive mind than Pete Carroll and I think in the end the lack of Marshawn Lynch in Seattle will allow the Cardinals to repeat. David Johnson will eventually be the bell cow ,even if they say he is now I have my doubts, and will allow the Cardinals offense to be multi-dimensional.

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