NFL NFC West Betting Preview: Division Odds, Win Totals, and More for 2020
Last updated: July 22, 2020
Coming off a Super Bowl appearance, the San Francisco 49ers are the favorites to win the NFC West. Although the team ultimately fell short of winning a championship last season, the 49ers remain pretty stacked all over the field and the team’s position atop the division betting odds is very much deserving. Whether or not San Francisco will be able to repeat the magic it found last season will be something only time will tell.
Battling with the 49ers for the NFC West title will be the Seattle Seahawks, Los Angeles Rams, and Arizona Cardinals. Let’s take a look at how all the teams stack up in this NFC West betting guide.
*All odds in this article per FanDuel Sportsbook as of July 22, 2020, and subject to change.
Odds to win the NFC West
|Team||Odds as of July 22|
|San Francisco 49ers||+100|
|Los Angeles Rams||+370|
San Francisco 49ers (+100)
Coming off a run to the Super Bowl, the San Francisco 49ers are the favorites to win the NFC West this upcoming season, but this could turn out to be one of the tougher divisions to win.
The 49ers are returning much of its roster, plus the team added players during the offseason that should be able to help the team return to the Super Bowl. Defensive end Arik Armstead re-signed with the team and they added Trent Williams via trade to help with the offensive line. In the draft, the 49ers picked up Javon Kinlaw, a defensive tackle out of South Carolina, and Brandon Aiyuk, wide receiver out of Arizona State, with both of those picks coming in the first round. If Aiyuk can make an impact in his first season, he’ll help fill the void left by Manny Sanders.
San Francisco’s defense was awesome last season and all signs point to it being awesome once again. If Jimmy Garoppolo can get a little better, specifically with protecting the football, then the 49ers will be a very tough team for not only the next season but many seasons to come.
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Seattle Seahawks (+240)
The Seattle Seahawks always seem to be in the mix in the NFC West. Even last season when the team had a bad offensive line and defense, they still made it to the playoffs and challenged for the division title. It’s hard to expect anything less for this upcoming season, especially with Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson still there.
Seattle’s draft was a weird one. They grabbed linebacker Jordyn Brooks late in the first round and many questioned the pick given the needs elsewhere. Then they took a defensive end with the next pick when they still had to address the offensive line and secondary.
On offense, the Seahawks picked up Greg Olsen at tight end and Phillip Dorsett at wide receiver. Both should be all right options for Wilson, but we expect much of that to be because of how good Wilson is.
Los Angeles Rams (+370)
After going to the Super Bowl two seasons ago, the Los Angeles Rams missed the playoffs last season, despite having a popular Sean McVay as head coach and a lot of talent on the roster. Now, they’ll look to return to the postseason after having lost Todd Gurley and Brandin Cooks.
In addition to Gurley and Cooks being gone, the Rams no longer have Cory Littleton, Dante Fowler, and Michael Brockers, to name a few. They did add running back Cam Akers, wide receiver Van Jefferson, and a few defensive players in the 2020 NFL Draft, but they did so without having a first-round pick and it’s going to be hard for those rookies to be as impactful as the players who left.
We mentioned McVay, and he’ll have a lot of pressure on him as the team moves into a new stadium in Los Angeles. Jared Goff, the team’s starting QB, will have pressure as well because the team did give him a massive $134 million contract.
Arizona Cardinals (+900)
The Arizona Cardinals are a sexy pick around the NFL, and that includes winning the NFC West. Murray has a full season under his belt and the team picked up stud wideout DeAndre Hopkins in a trade with the Houston Texans. Gone in the trade is David Johnson, as the team is ready to give the rock to Kenyan Drake much more.
In the draft, the Cardinals went with Isaiah Simmons, the super-athletic linebacker out of Clemson. Many thought Arizona would address its offensive line with the No. 8 pick in the draft, but then Simmons fell to them and they opted to jump on the talent. You can’t really blame the team for doing so when it has had trouble on defense and Simmons looks like he can have an immediate impact. In the third round, Arizona picked up tackle Josh Jones, who many thought would be drafted much earlier than that.
With Murray, Drake, Hopkins, the experienced Larry Fitzgerald, and the upcoming Christian Kirk, the Cardinals offense has a lot of potential to grow. This team could make some noise in the NFC and NFC West.
NFC West win totals
As expected, the 49ers lead the way in the win total category for the NFC West, with an over/under of 10.5 wins. Coming off a Super Bowl loss and being in a tough division could go against San Francisco, though. With win totals for the Seahawks at 9.5 wins, the Rams at 8.5 wins, and the Cardinals at 7 wins, that’s a lot of wins to go around in one division.
|Team||Wins||Odds as of July 22|
|San Francisco 49ers||Over 10.5||-120|
|Seattle Seahawks||Over 9.5||+120|
|Los Angeles Rams||Over 8.5||+110|
|Arizona Cardinals||Over 7||-115|
NFC West odds to make NFL Playoffs
|Team||Make Playoffs?||Odds as of July 22|
|San Francisco 49ers||Yes||-410|
|Los Angeles Rams||Yes||+130|