BetOnline odds Updated: November 2018
Odds to win the NFC west division: +1000
The division title out west will come down to Carson Palmer and his health. If the 37-year-old veteran stays healthy the entire season, the Arizona Cardinals can win the division. If he gets hurt and misses time, head coach Bruce Arians and the Cardinals are likely closer to the 7-8-1 team of a year ago than the 13-3 team of two years ago. Running back David Johnson may be the best at his position in terms of a rushing and receiving threat.
Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald continues to put out elite numbers and the Cardinals defense is every bit as good as Seattle in the secondary. Arizona must replace five defensive starters lost in free agency. Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu lead the Cardinals secondary and DE Robert Nkemdiche and first-round draft pick Haason Reddick are going to have to strengthen the front seven if Arizona is to be successful.
Odds to win the NFC west division: -150
Both the Rams and 49ers will have new head coaches in 2017. The Rams will be led by the NFL’s youngest head man in 31-year-old Sean McVay. Second-year quarterback Jared Goff will improve under McVay’s tutelage. Kirk Cousins is one of the quarterbacks that McVay has mentored. The Rams defense helped Los Angeles stay in some games last year. The unit will be led by long-time NFL coach Wade Phillips who was responsible for Denver’s NFL-best unit two seasons ago.
Odds to win the NFC west division: +000
In San Francisco, Kyle Shanahan will take over a mess. Shanahan and new GM John Lynch are going to need some time to rebuild a broken 49ers franchise. Brian Hoyer was brought in to start at quarterback and a completely new defense means that 2017 is a transition year for the Niners. Both Shanahan and Lynch signed six-year contracts, so the 49ers front office is willing to give the pair time to execute a turnaround. Expect the 49ers to once again occupy the division’s basement. That means the division winner is likely Seattle or Arizona. Let’s say Palmer stays healthy.
Odds to win the NFC west division: -130
Seattle, last year’s division winner, will continue its dominance under head coach Pete Carroll. Richard Sherman will return and safety Earl Thomas returns from a broken leg to reunite the Legion of Boom secondary. The Seahawks are as good as anyone on defense, but the team must improve its running game. Last year, Seattle was 25th in rushing yards per game (99.4). The lack of a running game led to more hits on quarterback Russell Wilson who suffered some injuries that nagged him all season long. Still, he performed admirably and led the Seahawks to the postseason. Seattle travels to Green Bay in Week 1, but the rest of the first half of the schedule is advantageous making a division title repeat possible.
NFC West Prediction: Arizona
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