The NFL‘s NFC West has been steadily morphing into one of the strongest divisions in the world’s most popular league. Following the conclusion of the very exciting 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, the division now features some of the most high-profile young superstars.
The Arizona Cardinals pulled a move that was absolutely unheard of as little as six months ago, drafting Oklahoma Sooners cornerback Kyler Murray with the #1 overall pick. This was largely a vision of new head coach Cliff Kingsbury, who interestingly enough was quoted about nine months ago saying he would take Murray #1 overall while he was still coach in the college ranks. Kingsbury came to Arizona, and the front office and ownership are obviously is listening to what he has to say. Murray is now perhaps the single most interesting rookie of all time.
The 49ers followed the move by picking edge rusher Nick Bosa with the #2 pick out of Ohio State. Bosa is expected to chase Murray around for the next several years on gridirons out West. The Los Angeles Rams and the Seattle Seahawks are two very well-established and successful squads with talent on both sides of the football.
The Seattle Seahawks have been perennial contenders going on the better part of a decade, as third-round pick Russell Wilson has morphed into one of the best leaders in the league. He recently signed a handsome and profitable contract extension to ensure that he will be the main man in the great Northwest for a long time.
All of the new arrivals and veterans will be on display during the course of a four-week preseason in which these four squads have several common opponents. Both the Cardinals and the Seahawks will play the Los Angeles Charges, the Oakland Raiders, the Minnesota Vikings and the Denver Broncos in preseason. The NFL has smartly streamlined the month-long period leading up to the long and demanding 17-week-season by giving many divisions common opponents.
The game between the Cardinals and the Oakland Raiders will go down at State Farm Stadium in Glendale on Thursday, August 15. It will be the second game of the postseason, which is the perfect time for teams to showcase young players who are expected to have a major impact. This absolutely applies to Kyler Murray, as well as some Oakland Raiders defensive draft picks in the first round.
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers will open up the 2019 NFL Preseason against the Dallas Cowboys at Levi’s Stadium, before traveling to Denver and Kansas City. The fourth game will take place on the evening of Thursday, August 29 against the Los Angeles Charges, a fourth-week NFL preseason matchup that has dated back well over 20 years. The 49ers will be hoping that the return of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo from a season-ending injury in Week 2 of the 2018 campaign will go smoothly, and him playing himself into regular-season shape in the preseason will be a very important part of this process. San Francisco 49ers Preseason Tickets are on sale now.
Los Angeles Rams
The Los Angeles Rams made it all the way to the Super Bowl last season, but turned in one of the most disappointing performances of all time by only scoring three points against the New England Patriots. They are still stacked with quarterback Jered Goff, running back Todd Gurley and capable receivers.
The Rams will square off against the Raiders in Oakland during the first week of the preseason, before hosting the Dallas Cowboys in a historic game at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu on Saturday, August 17. Goff will be entering his fourth year as a professional, and he has managed to post a passer rating of over 100 in each of the last two seasons. If he does so again this year, he will establish himself as a bona fide young quarterback primed to make a major mark over time. The transition from St. Louis to Los Angeles has been very smooth, and all fans interested in purchasing 2019 NFL Preseason Tickets to any of these games or any others can easily do so now.
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Obviously, the wins and losses in preseason mean very little, aside from third or fourth-stringers possibly demonstrating the ability to come up big in crunch time. But all coaches aim to guide and witness a steady progression moving forward. The four head coaches in the NFC West range from newcomers anxious to put their imprint on a league to older salts expecting to utilize their expertise, experience and acumen to put together the strongest roster.
Indeed, the Rams, Seahawks, Cardinals and 49ers are all squads that could make the NFL Playoffs in 2019 and make a run toward the biggest game in all of professional sports. It all begins in the preseason, and fans interested in witnessing the action live can easily secure tickets now.