The NFC West is coming together, with four teams making the playoffs, including two NFC West titles and one wild-card berth.
The Rams, Cowboys, Chargers and Eagles all have a chance at a postseason berth, but it will be a very different NFC West than we saw in 2016.
Here are some key storylines to watch in the division as we approach offseason: What will the 2018 NFC West look like?
Who will be the best NFC West team in 2019?
Which team is the best at winning NFC West?
We break down the key storylines heading into the 2019 NFL season.
What are the most important players heading into 2019?
With the NFL season over, here’s a look at the top storylines heading forward for the NFC west.
Who will win NFC West’s wild-cards?
The 2017 division title is the highest prize of any conference, but the 2017 division winners have the toughest path to the playoffs.
The 2017 NFC West division winners are the 49ers, Cardinals, Giants, Rams and Cowboys.
The 49ers and Cardinals have two of the league’s top quarterbacks in Colin Kaepernick and Carson Wentz, and are likely the division’s most dominant teams.
The Giants and Rams both have great wide receivers in Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard, and have both won at least three Super Bowls.
The Cowboys are in a similar situation, with Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott both coming off great seasons.
They also have great quarterbacks in Dak Prescott, Dak Prescott Jr., Dak Prescott II and Dak Prescott III.
Both of these teams have excellent receivers in Dez Bryant and Davante Adams.
The Eagles are a team to watch, especially as they look to bounce back after a disappointing season.
The Philadelphia Eagles are currently in a playoff spot, but they’re far from a lock to win the division, especially with the Cowboys and Giants locked in at the bottom.
The Raiders are in need of a win this season, but look for them to bounce right back into the playoff picture.
Which team has the best quarterback in the NFC East?
The Giants have one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks in Eli Manning, and they have one player in the top 10 who is the most dangerous receiver in the NFL.
The only problem for the Giants is that they are coming off an inconsistent season, and their quarterback situation remains unsettled.
The Ravens are coming into their own in the AFC East after going 7-9 last season.
They were supposed to have a top-tier quarterback in Joe Flacco, but his surgically repaired knee took a toll.
It’s still early in the season, so the Ravens will have to adjust to new quarterbacks.
The Jets have two top-five wide receivers, including a guy who was the No. 1 receiver in 2016, DeVante Parker.
They’ve also added Brandon Marshall and Devin Smith, and will likely use their depth at receiver to make the offense work.
The Falcons will look to improve on a disastrous season that saw them finish 9-7.
They’ll also be looking to make up for lost time in the backfield with Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman and Ryan Williams.
Which division champion will make the playoffs?
The Patriots will have a tough time making the postseason this year.
They lost quarterback Tom Brady to the Giants, and the offense went through a major turnover in free agency.
New England will also be without receiver Julian Edelman for the season due to a torn ACL.
The Panthers will have an uphill climb, but quarterback Cam Newton is back after being sidelined for the past two seasons with multiple injuries.
The Packers are one of only two teams in the league that has a playoff team in Aaron Rodgers, who has been dominant at the helm of Green Bay since taking over for Aaron Rodgers in 2016 after Aaron Rodgers retired.
The Lions are going to be one of three teams that will make a run at a playoff berth, with the Panthers and Saints both in the mix.
The Steelers are in good shape after having one of their top wide receivers and defensive linemen back, with Antwon Blake and Antonio Brown returning for another season.
Which NFC West contender has the worst record in 2019 and will be in the playoffs for the first time in a decade?
The 49er’s season was filled with injuries, with only one player who missed the entire season returning.
The Chiefs won’t have any top receivers in Kevin White, Dontae Johnson and Isaiah Crowell, and while they have some decent pass-rushers, their front seven is still struggling to keep a clean pocket.
The Chargers and Seahawks will be without a single player from last year’s AFC West champions, which has been a key weakness in the team’s offense.
The Cardinals will also have a difficult task trying to keep up with a struggling offense.
Which franchise is in the worst place in the East right now?
The Jets, who lost the AFC North title game to the Patriots, were one of two teams that missed the playoffs last year.