1. Arizona Cardinals (13-3): This was by far their best season since they represented the NFC in the Super Bowl seven years ago. 2014 could have been a memorable one as well if Carson Palmer hadn’t gone down with his torn ACL. In 2015, he was an MVP favorite and was imply the reason why the Cardinals finished with the second best record in the NFL and had a first-round bye in the NFC. This is a team that can contend in the league for years to come. They have a good head coach, excellent role players on offense and a very solid defense. The Cardinals made it to the NFC title game this season, what does next year have in store for them?
2. Seattle Seahawks (10-6): Coming into the season, they were the two-time NFC champions and they made a move that many thought would skyrocket their chances of winning the whole thing once again and that was acquiring Jimmy Graham from the Saints. With this move, their offense would have to be an explosive one, right? It didn’t pan out that way. The Seahawks didn’t really fear anybody like we had seen in the previous seasons. When Jimmy Graham unfortunately went down with his knee injury, things looked up for the Seahawks and Russell Wilson showed that he can throw it from the pocket as he had a career year. When Marshawn Lynch went down with an injury, Thomas Rawls came in and showed he’s worth starting.
3. St. Louis Rams (7-9): They traded Sam Bradford to the Eagles for Nick Foles thinking they had their quarterback. The Rams offense struggled to make anything happen in 2015. The only shining point they had on that side of the football was their first pick in the draft, Todd Gurley. He had an immediate impact and the offense was basically built around him. The Rams have the talent to win games, but they need to learn how to close out and keep a lead. Next season, they will return to where everything started, back to Los Angeles.
4. San Francisco 49ers (5-11): What an offseason it was for them. Jim Harbaugh left for Ann Arbor, Patrick Willis and Justin Smith both retired and they lost a big chunk of their core. The 49ers struggled to stay consistent all season long. Kaepernick couldn’t take care of the football, the defense, which was once this football teams strength was one of their weaknesses as they missed the playoffs for the second straight season and this was a team that made it to three straight conference championships and a Super Bowl during the Harbaugh tenure. There’s a lot of work to be done in San Francisco if they want to get back to the top of their game.