The NFC West and the AFC West completed Week 1 undefeated, the primary time for the reason that 1970 merger that two divisions are undefeated after Week 1. Since 2002 realignment, solely the 2002 AFC West and the 2015 AFC East began 4-0.
The sobering reality from the above stats: Every of these divisions that began 4-0 despatched only one crew to the playoffs.
Cannibalism will doubtless reign within the hotly contested divisions.
Within the NFC, the West has been a cauldron of battle for years, with totally different winners the previous three seasons and all 4 groups profitable a minimum of as soon as since 2015.
All 4 golf equipment impressed in Week 1. Kyler Murray appears to be like like an MVP candidate, whereas Chandler Jones is the chief for DPOY after 5 sacks. The Rams received off to a high-flying begin in Matthew Stafford’s first recreation. Likewise, the Seahawks look primed to attain factors with Russell Wilson in a new-look offense.
As for the Niners, George Kittle broke down the place their benefit within the division lies throughout an interview with ESPN’s Keyshawn, JWill & Max present.
“NFC West, we have got plenty of [good players] on the market,” Kittle mentioned, by way of 49ers Webzone. “The Cardinals received Kyler Murray, DeAndre Hopkins. You’ve got received Chandler Jones, Budda Baker. The Rams have Aaron Donald. That is fairly good by itself. And the Seahawks are at all times simply bringing it with Russell Wilson. So you’ve got received guys in every single place. However on the finish of the day, they have to go in opposition to our protection in Nick Bosa and Arik Armstead and Fred Warner. We now have plenty of guys who could make plenty of performs, and I believe our offense goes to proceed to maintain rolling.
“The one factor that we do higher than I believe anybody else in our division is run the rattling ball. That is what we will proceed to do and be violent, be bodily each single week.”