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 truth 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 completely different winners the previous three seasons and all 4 groups successful at the very least as soon as since 2015.
All 4 golf equipment impressed in Week 1. Kyler Murray seems to be like an MVP candidate, whereas Chandler Jones is the chief for DPOY after 5 sacks. The Rams bought off to a high-flying begin in Matthew Stafford’s first sport. 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 a whole lot of [good players] on the market,” Kittle stated, through 49ers Webzone. “The Cardinals bought Kyler Murray, DeAndre Hopkins. You’ve got bought Chandler Jones, Budda Baker. The Rams have Aaron Donald. That is fairly good by itself. And the Seahawks are all the time simply bringing it with Russell Wilson. So you’ve got bought guys in all places. 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 a whole lot of guys who could make a whole lot 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’ll proceed to do and be violent, be bodily each single week.”