San Francisco 49ersThe Niners already had enough trouble ahead of them, as their head coach, Jim Harbaugh, took off for the University of Michigan. The team may be trading quarterback Colin Kaepernick, depending on which rumor you listen to. Chris Borland and Patrick Willis are retiring. Running back Frank Gore, wide receiver Michael Crabtree and both of the starting cornerbacks have left the team. Add that to the third toughest schedule on the basis of their opponents’ aggregate talent and title hopes, and you get a real uphill climb to the Lombardi Trophy.
Arizona CardinalsThe NFC West is a bear of a division, with the 49ers and Seahawks both awaiting the Cardinals. They also drew the Green Bay Packers because of their finish. They must improve their pass rush, which was the second worst in the NFL. Their defense was stifling in other areas, though, and the odds are definitely against their losing not one but two quarterbacks to injury. Even so, the Cardinals will not have an easy time negotiating their way out of the division, let alone to the Super Bowl.
Anyone else ready to get #BackToFootball? pic.twitter.com/nI3GUJfBTZ — Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) May 12, 2015