2010 NFL Season’s 10 Biggest Stories: No. 3, NFC West Mediocrity

January 21, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

There are just some things in football that you can fully count on.
Peyton Manning will go one-and-done in the postseason.
Brett Favre will retire and unretire 14 times during the offseason.
And every playoff team, whether or not they’re actually a good team, will at least have a winning record.
So what happened to the NFC West in 2010 is just one of those things that football fans weren’t fully prepared for.
Most football experts picked the San Francisco 49ers to win the division.
Led by fiery head coach Mike Singletary, the 49ers sported a solid running game, one of the best tight ends in the NFL and a pretty good defense, which was anchored by the NFL’s best young linebacker, Patrick Willis.
Nobody gave the Seattle Seahawks much of a chance. They had a 35-year-old quarterback, a weak running game and a bad defense.
The Arizona Cardinals weren’t on anybody’s list. They lost future Hall of Fame quarterback...

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