NFC West Divisional Futures Predictions – Odds to Win The Division
For the second year in a row, the NFC West delivered the NFC champion. Yet, the Rams and Niners failed to beat the AFC opponent in the Super Bowl.
San Francisco is the odds-on favorite to win the NFC West for the second year in a row. However, the division seems more challenging to predict than ever. The Seahawks have the best QB in the division. The Rams are thrilled that you are counting them out, and Arizona is on the rise.
It’s time to break out the odds:
Odds To Win The NFC West Division In 2020:
|San Francisco 49ers||-110|
|Los Angeles Rams||+450|
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San Francisco 49ers -110
Most people will mention Super Bowl hangover as the number one concern for the Niners in 2020. After all, they were less than 7 minutes away from winning the Lombardi Trophy when it all came crashing down.
San Francisco will have to deal with several roster changes this season. LT Joe Staley retired, WR Emmanuel Sanders moved to New Orleans, and DE DeForest Buckner was traded to Indianapolis. All three players were remarkable in their 2019 run to the Super Bowl.
However, the Niners made good enough moves to replace these names. GM John Lynch traded for LT Trent Williams, who refused to play in Washington last year. Williams might even be an upgrade from Stanley if he stays healthy.
New Names To Replace Sanders And Buckner
The front office also drafted Arizona State WR Brandon Aiyuk and DT Javon Kinlaw from South Carolina to replace Sanders and Buckner. The lack of experience will be the main issue, but both players are insanely talented.
My number one concern with the Niners remains the QB position. Jimmy Garoppolo had a good 2019 season without being spectacular. HC Kyle Shanahan even hid Jimmy during most of the playoffs because their run game was so effective.
San Francisco should have a great run game once again, but repeating a 13-3 record in the NFC is tough, especially with a QB who is not consistent.
Seattle Seahawks +250
Seattle finished the 2019 season with an 11-5 mark. The Seahawks were lucky to have such a sterling record.
The Seahawks trailed at halftime in each of their first ten games last year. But because they have Russell Wilson’s magic at their disposal, they won six of those games.
Wilson will have better weapons in 2020. Seattle added veteran TE Greg Olsen in free agency along with WR Phillip Dorsett and RB Carlos Hyde. Olsen is the most exciting name out of those three. I think he has at least one more solid year in the tank. Dorsett and Hyde are players who will help with the depth of the offense.
Wilson With a Weak O-Line, Again
In 2019 Russell Wilson was the most sacked QB in the NFL with 48 sacks. The offensive line once again will be an issue this year, but I feel like both Wilson and HC Pete Carroll are used to having a weak o-line. As crazy as that sounds.
The Seahawks’ most significant move in the offseason was trading for safety Jamal Adams. The move is a clear statement that the franchise thinks they are close to the Niners and can make a run for the Super Bowl.
You don’t bring a talent like Adams to aim for second place, especially when you gave up two first-round picks in exchange.
Los Angeles Rams +450
The Rams have been going downhill since they lost the Super Bowl against the Patriots two years ago. The franchised bet everything on that Super Bowl run and handcuffed their future by making dumb moves.
Los Angeles will pay $64.8 million in 2020 for five players, including QB Jared Goff and four more that are no longer on the team. $36 Million are in dead cap space from contracts they gave to RB Todd Gurley and WR Brandin Cooks, both playing for other teams this year.
Because they are tight in regards to the salary cap, they couldn’t re-sign LB Cory Littleton, OLB Dante Fowler Jr, and CB Nickell Robey-Coleman. They also cut LB Clay Matthews, and S Eric Weddle retired. Their defense is going to have a completely new face in 2020 and not in a good way.
And Then There Is The Jared Goff Narrative
The QB regressed last season, throwing a career-high 16 interceptions.
The Rams were 26th in the league in rushing yards in 2019. They couldn’t establish the run, which meant Goff was asked to do more. It led to bad results.
I have high expectations for rookie RB Cam Akers to improve the run game. However, the Rams’ lack of talent on defense will probably put the offense and the rest of the team in a bad position once again.
Arizona Cardinals +650
The Cardinals had a rookie QB, a rookie head coach, and many new pieces in 2019. They still managed to beat Seattle soundly in the last stretch of the season and gave the Niners a few scares in both of their meetings.
Arizona made a couple of significant moves during the offseason. The shocking addition of WR DeAndre Hopkins will help second-year QB Kyler Murray take a huge step forward in 2020.
It’s not like Murray had a poor year in 2019. He recorded 3500+ yards, 20 TDS, while completing 64.4% of his passes. Murray also added 544 rushing yards. No other QB in NFL history posted such numbers in his rookie season.
By the way, all that while being “protected” by one of the weakest offensive lines in the NFL. Murray was sacked 48 times, just like Russell Wilson. Both were tied as the most sacked QBs in the league. The Cardinals added RT Josh Jones in the draft, expecting him to be good enough to make a difference.
An Improving Defense
On defense, the team drafted LB Isaiah Simmons to cover the middle of the defense. Simmons is an all-around player with amazing speed and skills to cover chunks of the field in seconds. He will help a defensive unit that still has DE Chandler Jones, FS Budda Baker, and CB Patrick Peterson playing at a top-level.
Arizona should be fun to watch in 2020. Kyler Murray will sling it everywhere. With Hopkins and Larry Fitzgerald as his top receivers, he should post fantastic numbers this season.
As a whole, the team might be one year away from competing for the top of the NFC West.
NFC West Winner Prediction In 2020:
I don’t love the term Super Bowl hangover, but it’s hard to go back to a winning form after losing such a big game.
San Francisco will have to deal with the burden of a Super Bowl loss and a divisional opponent aiming to take the top of the NFC West. And yeah, I‘m talking about the Seahawks.
Seattle made enough moves in the offseason to think they are more than ready to challenge San Francisco.
The Rams are in a downward spiral, and the Cardinals are not quite there yet. It’s Seattle against San Francisco for the top of the division.
Seattle represents the best play because they have a bigger value at +250. They improved their roster, and they have the best QB in the division, and it’s not close. Bet Seahawks +250 to win the NFC West.
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