Seattle capable of winning division

Updated: August 13, 2003, 2:49 PM ET
By John Clayton |
The stage is set in the NFC West for at least two teams to claim playoff spots and possibly the first and fifth seeds. No division in football plays less 8-8 teams. Four of the five easiest schedules based on last year's records are played by NFC West teams.

If the Rams offense is back to its 500-point a season level under Kurt Warner, then the Rams might jump back to the 13-win plateau. The question is whether they can stay ahead of the 49ers and Seahawks. That's where the Seahawks are so intriguing.

John Clayton

NFL senior writer