2020 NFC West NFL Futures Bets
The NFC West could very well be the best division in football this season. What a difference a decade makes!
In 2010, the Seattle Seahawks took the division at 7-9, with a tie-break edge over St. Louis Rams. This year could see another tiebreak atop the division, but perhaps this year in double-digit wins. The left coast will see as tight a divisional race as any in 2020.
With odds from our friends at FanDuel, the over/under win total is listed first, followed by the juice and the odds to win the division.
San Francisco 49ers (10.5, Over +100, Under -120, NFCW -105)
The reigning NFC champions and 2019’s most improved team will undoubtedly have a target on their back this season, especially within the division. Five of San Fran’s wins came by five points or less, including a three-point win in Arizona, a three-point victory over the Rams, and a five-point win at Seattle, in the last game of the season.
You can bet all three divisional rivals haven’t forgotten those almost wins. We all know the Niners’ Nick Bosa-led defense is elite and could be even better this year. But what about the offense? George Kittle could be the best tight end in the game (sorry, Travis Kelce), but the 49ers wide receiver core is less than desirable.
Yes, they heavily rely on the run (second-most attempts in 2019), but if head coach Kyle Shanahan is forced to lean on Jimmy Garoppolo — can the 49ers move the ball? The second half of last year’s Superbowl suggests not so much. With the fourth-toughest 2020 schedule, the red and gold will be hard-pressed to win 11 games and high step their way to the division crown.
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (9.5, Over -105, Under -115, NFCW +240)
Seattle is right on San Fran’s heels for win totals and the likelihood of winning the division, only with a much more appetizing odds. It’s likely these two teams will be duking it out come December.
Last year the Hawks and Niners split the season series with each team getting their win on the road. Don’t forget Seattle led the division up until Week 13 but were decimated by injuries down the stretch, which opened the door for the 49ers.
The Seahawks were 11-3 in one-possession games last year and seemingly found ways to stick around in games. The biggest reason they hang around is perennial MVP candidate Russell Wilson. Among the favorites to win the award this season (+700 on FanDuel).
Pete Carroll’s favorite weapon is poised to build on a fantastic 2019 campaign. The organization filled many holes in the offseason, and the time to win is now for Seattle. My money is on the over and division title.
LOS ANGELES RAMS (8.5, Over +115, Under -135, NFCW +440)
Can you believe the Los Angeles Rams were in the Super Bowl just two years ago? It seems like an eternity ago the Rams were this close to hoisting the Vince Lombardi trophy.
Sean McVay’s 2020 squad looks a whole lot different these days. Gone are Todd Gurley and Brandin Cooks from the offense. On the defensive side of the ball, safety Eric Weddle, linebackers Cory Littleton and Clay Matthews III, and defensive end Donte Fowler Jr. have all moved on.
Jared Goff is still under center and will have a consistent offensive line in front of him, unlike most of last year. Defensive lineman Aaron Donald and cornerback Jalen Ramsey are stars on the defensive side, but much of the defensive remains a mystery.
After adding new offensive and defensive coordinators this offseason, another disappointing year could see the Rams looking for a new head coach in 2021. Stranger things have happened, but a division title is a huge stretch, and eight wins seems about right.
ARIZONA CARDINALS (7.5, Over -110, Under +110, NFCW +800)
As phenom quarterback Kyler Murray goes, so goes the Arizona Cardinals. The NFL’s offensive rookie of the year should build on a stellar 2019 season. Murray was better as the season went on, doing much of his damage in the second half of the year.
If that’s not enough to build momentum, the acquisition of superstar receiver DeAndre Hopkins certainly is. Don’t worry, I kind of forgot about the David Johnson/DeAndre Hopkins trade too. Hey, a lot has happened in the last six months!
Arizona will have to prove their many new additions can help Defensive Player of the Year runner-up; linebacker Chandler Jones turn around one of 2019’s worst defenses in order to make strides in the division.
While I can see an NFC West crown on the horizon, this year is not it. Although, over eight wins looks mighty fine to me.
My NFC West Ranks:
- Seattle Seahawks
- San Francisco 49ers
- Arizona Cardinals
- Los Angeles Rams
Head over to FanDuel to check out some juicy odds in predicting the division in order.