Bobby Wagner will be an integral part of Seattle's success in 2020.

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Are the 49ers a lock for the division crown again in 2020? We don't think so.Findbet continues our tour of NFL training camps as we approach the start of the NFL season. Let's take a look at the headlines coming out of the NFC West and make our record predictions for 2020.


Seattle wide receivers celebrate a touchdown. Seattle's wide receiver room will look a bit different in 2020. AP Sports

Seattle Seahawks

The NFC West is one of the hardest divisions to predict this year. All four teams have improved and have the potential to be division champs, so expect the fight for this crown to go right down to the wire. Seattle gets the edge this year because of their late season trade for Jets safety Jamal Adams. He is one of the best safeties in the game and immediately gives that Seattle defense a lift. Russell Wilson will continue to be one of the most clutch quarterbacks in the game, and the emergence of DK Metcalf last year at wide receiver gives the Seahawks the edge over the 49ers this year in a tiebreaker. Josh Gordon and the team have agreed to a one year contract as he's been reinstated from suspension by the league and will look to carve out a role. Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde will be the primary backs as Rashaad Penny will start the year on the PUP list. This prediction was by far the hardest.

Prediction: 11-5 (Division Champ)

George Kittle celebrates a TD catch. George Kittle will be a huge part of the 49ers offense this year. Bay Area News Group

San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers were 15 minutes away from being Super Bowl Champs in February, but couldn't hold off a late charge from Patrick Mahomes & Co. The 49ers return most of the core that got them to the Super Bowl with an elite defense led by Nick Bosa and a potent offense managed by quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Running back Raheem Mostert will start the year atop the depth chart, and will look to pick up where he left off in the playoffs last season. The 49ers wide receiver situation is a little more bleak as Deebo Samuel will start the year injured which will put added pressure on first round pick, Brandon Aiyuk, to perform early. The 49ers will once again be a formidable opponent, and a deep run into the playoffs is not off the table for 2020.

Prediction: 11-5 (Wild Card)

Rams defense prepares to take the field The Rams Defense looks to rebound in 2020. Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Los Angeles Rams

The Rams took a step back in 2019 after their Super Bowl loss to the Patriots. They struggled on offense and their defense wasn't as dominate as it had been in previous seasons. Jared Goff regressed from his stellar 2018 campaign, and Sean McVay seemed to have issues adapting to how teams were adjusting to his offensive scheme. The Rams, trying to rectify their salary cap issues, traded away Brandin Cooks to the Houston Texans and allowed longtime kicker, Greg Zuerlein, to sign with Dallas in the off season. Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey lead a defense that should help keep them competitive in games, but if Jared Goff doesn't return to his 2018 form, the Rams will miss the playoffs for the second year in a row. This division is just too tough.

Prediction: 9-7

Kyler Murray scrambles with football. Kyler Murray needs to continue to progress for the Cardinals this year. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Cardinals

Kyler Murray has one year of NFL experience under his belt and if the Cardinals plan on becoming a contender for the division crown in 2020, he will need to make a huge leap in his sophomore season. The Cardinals went out and traded for DeAndre Hopkins, shipping running back David Johnson back to the Houston Texans. Hopkins joins a wide receiver room that already included Christian Kirk and Larry Fitzgerald. Kenyan Drake returns after signing his transition tag and will be the starter with promising backup, Chase Edmonds, behind him on the depth chart. The defense gets an infusion of talent with the addition of Clemson star linebacker, Isaiah Simmons, who could be an elite play maker right out of the gate. This division is just too competitive this year to see the Cardinals finishing any higher than 8-8. The future is bright, and this team has all the tools to make some noise in the coming seasons.

Prediction: 8-8

Paul George grabbing a rebound in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals

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In a must win game for the Los Angeles Clippers, Paul George was finally able to look like the best player on the floor in a playoff game.

After a slow start, George poured it on in the second half on his way to a game high 41 points in Game 5. The performance elevated the Clippers over strong outings from the likes of Devin Booker and Chris Paul as L.A. outlasted Phoenix 116-102.

The Clippers don't have much time to bask in their win however as they have to turn around and play two more elimination games just to make it out of the West. The Suns jumped out to a 3-1 series lead as Los Angeles struggled to find their identity without Kawhi Leonard. If the Clippers are to stave off elimination any longer, George has to continue this level of play.

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Ben Simmons disappointed in the playoffs this season

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Following a Game 7 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, the Philadelphia 76ers and coach, Doc Rivers, are questioning if Ben Simmons is the right guy to be running their offense through moving forward.

Offense being the key word here.

Simmons is an all-world defender possessing the ability to guard virtually any opponent on the court from the perimeter to the rim. But it was his lack of offensive help throughout this playoff season that stood out beyond any accomplishments this year. Simmons joined Rudy Gobert as unanimous selections for the NBA's All-Defensive First Team this year and also finished fifth in the NBA in assists per game with 8.8 per contest.

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The Lakers looked lost in the Valley

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The Phoenix Suns are just a win away from sending LeBron James home in the first round of the playoffs for the first time in the King's illustrious career.

After stating that "These shoulders were built for a reason," James referring to facing the challenge of taking on added responsibilities after Anthony Davis was ruled out for Game 5, the Lakers and LeBron disappointed in a big way Tuesday night. L.A. started off hot jumping out to a 10-5 lead behind a couple shots from James and a three from Davis' replacement Markieff Morris. But it didn't take long for the wheels to completely fall off for the defending champion Lakers as they spent most of the first half trying to remember how basketball works.

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Two numbers stick out in the Game 5 loss for the Lakers and those are 34.5 and 12. Los Angeles shot 34.5% from the field on Tuesday night and were minus 12 in turnover ratio. No matter who's on your team, if you can't shoot and you can't protect the ball, the outcome is already determined.

The Suns weren't simply beneficiaries of a poor performance however as the Suns put it on the Lakers early and often and they never let their foot off the pedal for 48 minutes. Phoenix ended with 15 more assists, had seven more combined steals and blocks, and outscored L.A. in the paint by 12 points. Devin Booker and Cameron Payne were spectacular and they seemed to hit big shots every time the Lakers appeared to threaten a comeback. Mikal Bridges was effective on both sides of the ball adding three steals and two blocks to help electrify his team with the defensive effort.


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