NFC West: The Biggest Question for Each Team Heading into 2018

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In 2017, the NFC West saw a massive shift in power that will carry over into the upcoming 2018 season. Let’s preview this division and ask what each NFC West team’s biggest question is heading into the upcoming year.

For the past number of years, the NFC West has been dominated by the Seattle Seahawks and, to a lesser extent, the Arizona Cardinals. Before that, the Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers battled it out for divisional supremacy.

All the while, the then-St. Louis Rams were little more than a .500 team at best.

That changed in 2017, though, with the Rams pulling off the division crown, while both the Seahawks and Cardinals regressed. And after both Arizona and Seattle went through some awfully turbulent offseasons, it appears now the Rams and upstart 49ers are now poised to take over the NFC West for the foreseeable future.

Still, each team comes with its own question marks heading into 2018.

Are the Rams going to pick up where they left off after going a surprising 11-5 under first-year head coach Sean McVay a year ago? And what about those 49ers, whose five-game win streak with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo under center, seems to have many analysts and pundits predicting a playoff push this season?

How about Seattle? Is head coach Pete Carroll’s squad truly that poorly off? And can the Cardinals actually overachieve this upcoming campaign despite losing both head coach Bruce Arians and quarterback Carson Palmer to retirement?

Let’s break down the biggest question each of those NFC West squads face this upcoming year.

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