So the lockout is finally over and we’re getting back to football. Here’s the final installment of this series where we studied the interesting numbers in the NFL both trend-wise andhistorically. Here’s a look at the good and the bad (and an extra thought or two) when it came to the NFC West last season…Seattle Seahawks (7-9)The Good News: While Eagles’ QB Michael Vick garnered Comeback Player of the year honors, you could have also made a strong case for Seahawks’ WR Mike Williams. The 10thoverall pick by Detroit in 2005, the former Southern Cal star totaled just 44 catches for 539 yards and a pair of scores in 30 games with the Lions, Raiders and Titans from 2005-07. But after a 2-year absence from the NFL, Williams returned to the league, latched on with the Seahawks (and former Trojan head coach Pete Carroll) and led the club in receptions. Including a pair of playoff games, Williams totaled 74 receptions for 834 yards and 5 touchdowns in 16 contests…<!--more-->The Bad News: It was hit or miss for Pete Carroll’s team in his first season in the Pacific Northwest. Including the playoff split with the Saints and Bears, Seattle outscored the opposition by a combined 97 points in their 8 victories (227-130) but was outscored by a whopping 200 points (348-148) in their 10 setbacks…The Seahawks allowed 44 offensive touchdowns and 407 points (25th in NFL), easily the worst amongst the 12 playoff teams, but the latter total was hardly unprecedented considering the Arizona Cardinals gave up 426 points in 2008 and reached the Super Bowl…Just A Thought: The Seahawks not only became the first team in league history to win a division title with a losing record but the first to win a playoff game with a sub-.500 mark as well…Seattle is 47-25 at home dating back to realignment in 2002, tied with the Packers, Eagles and Vikings for the best record in the NFC…Despite a division title and the playoff upset of the defending Super Bowl champion Saints, it’s been a bit of a fall for the franchise. The Seahawks are just 16-32 in last 48 regular-season games dating back to ’08, this after winning 9 ormore games in 5 consecutive seasons from 2003-07 and reaching the playoffs in each of those campaigns…St. Louis Rams (7-9)The Good News: Following a 1-15 season, there was nowhere to go but up. One season after scoring an NFL-low 175 points and totaling 16 offensive touchdowns, 2010 first overall pick QB Sam Bradford threw 18 TD passes and just 15 interceptions, set rookie records for attempts (590) and completions (354), while his 3,512 yards passing were the second-most by a rookie next to Colts’ QB Peyton Manning (3,739) in 1998…Even more impressive was the strides made by the defense, which did come back to earth a bit after a good start. Still, Steve Spagnuolo’s team allowed 108 fewer points and 18 fewer offensive touchdowns than they did in 2009, and their 46 sacks were also 18 more than they totaled the previous eason (25)…Finally, the Rams were much more efficient when it came to taking care of the football, reducing their turnovers from 33 in 2009 to 21, the biggest reason the clubs finished plus-5 in turnover differential, compared to minus-13 in ’09...The Bad News: While St. Louis’ defense did make strides, it also fell off a bit during the season half of the season. After giving up only 141 points in the first 8 games (17.6 PPG), the Rams allowed 187 points in the final 8 weeks (23.4 PPG)…As previously mentioned, QB Sam Bradford enjoyed a solid debut season, but it’s also worth noting that he managed just 1 TD pass and 6 interceptions in his final 5 games after fashioning throwing nearly twice as many touchdown passes (17) as INTs (9) in his first 11 contests…The Rams managed a total of 176 yards ushing in their final 3 outings of the season after averaging 107.8 YPG on the round in their first 13 games…Just A Thought: While the Rams were just 7-9 and suffered through their fourth consecutive losing season, it was quite a jump for a franchise that was a combined 6-42 the previous 3 years. All told, the Rams are just 54-90 dating back to realignment in ’02 and haven’t been to the playoffs since 2004. St. Louis was a combined 37-11 from 1999-01 and reached the postseason each year, winning Super Bowl XXXIV and losing Super Bowl XXXVI…San Francisco 49ers (6-10)The Good News: TE Vernon Davis continues to be a major factor in the passing game after a so-so start to his career. The former first-round pick has totaled 134 catches for 1,879 yards and 20 scores the last 2 seasons, after totaling just 103 receptions for 1,132 yards and 9 touchdowns in 40 games from 2006-08...While the 49ers’ offense still has its issues, the one thing the team has done a much better job in recent seasons of taking care of the football. San Francisco committed just 23 turnovers and has coughed up the ball 47 times in their last 32 games dating back to ’09, compared to 2007-08 when the club committed 69 turnovers…The Bad News: The defense remains a mystery and continued its recent inconsistent play. Over the last 2 seasons, the 49ers have allowed just 135 points (9.6 PPG) in their 14 wins, but an astounding 492 points (27.3 PPG) in 18 losses over that span. Last season, San Francisco’s defensive unit allowed just 5 touchdown passes in their 6 victories, while more than 3 times that total (20) in 10 setbacks…In 2006, QB Alex Smith started all 16 games and finished with a 7-9 record. In the last 4 seasons (2007-10), the 49ers have started 6 different quarterbacks,including Smith, as well as QBs Trent Dilfer, Shaun Hill, Chris Weinke, J.T. O’Sullivan and Troy Smith…Just A Thought: The 49ers have now not been to the playoffs since 2002, and have suffered through non-winning seasons in 10 of the last 12 years dating back to 1999. It’s worth remembering that the franchise reached the postseason 15 times in 16 seasons from 1983-98, and won 10 or more games in each of those 16 years, missing the playoffs with a 10-6 mark in 1991…Arizona Cardinals (5-11)The Good News: It doesn’t seem to matter who throwing the football as WR Larry Fitzgerald continues to make his case as the best wideout in the NFL. Since entering the NFL in 2004, only Colts’ WR Reggie Wayne (643) has more receptions (613) and only WRs Randy Moss (76) and Terrell Owens (72) and TE Antonio Gates (67) have totaled more touchdown catches than Fitzgerald’s 65 scores…RB LaRod Stephens-Howling has gone a bit under the radar in 2 seasons but is one of the league’s best special teams performers. As a rookie in ’09, he led theCardinals in special teams tackles and totaled 1,257 yards and a score via kickoff returns. Last season, Stephens-Howlings totaled 1,548 kickoff return yards and took back a pair for touchdowns…Speaking of special teams, the player who scored the most points in the league in one game last season was PK Jay Feely, who kicked 5 field goals, 4 PATs and ran for a touchdown in a 43-13 win over the Broncos in Week 14.The Bad News: The Cardinals started 3 different quarterbacks last season (Derek Anderson and rookies Max Hall and John Skelton) and QB Richard Bartel saw some playing timesas well, the quartet combing for 10 touchdown passes and a disturbing 25 turnovers. Ken Whisenhunt’s team scored 31 touchdowns last season but only 19 came by rushing or receiving, one of those runs by PK Jay Feely…Arizona finished dead last in the NFL in rushing yards as well as attempts (320), somewhat astounding considering in 2004, then-Steelers’ offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt was part of a team (with rookie QB Ben Roethlisberger) that Pittsburgh totaled an astounding 618 rushing attempts…Just A Thought: What a difference some years and some offensive support can make. The Cardinals allowed 434 points during their 5-11 campaign, but just 2 seasons ago Ken Whisenhunt’s club gave up 426 points and wound up in Super Bowl XLIII…Excluding the Buccaneers (who entered the NFL in 1976) and Texans (2002), only the Lions (254) have won fewer games than the Cardinals (256) since the merger in 1970, who are 5-6 in the playoffs over that span but 4-2 under Whisenhunt…The Cardinals defeated the Rams in Week 1 at St. Louis but proceeded to lose their last 5 divisional games of the season, quite a drop-off for a club that was 13-5 vs. NFC West rivals in Whisenhunt’s first 3 seasons in Arizona (2007-09)...