Feb 2, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert (31) runs with the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

NFC West Odds

How far ahead of the NFC West divisional betting odds pack would the San Francisco 49ers be if they actually knew who their starting QB will be in Week 1? Because the Niners sit favored at +190 at FanDuel, even with the Jimmy Garoppolo vs Trey Lance competition playing itself out.

The division has been topsy turvy the past few years with different teams surging to the top and challenging for the Super Bowl. Its a division where a savvy bettor can find some excellent betting value in 2021.

San Francisco 49ers +190

Since Garoppolo joined the 49ers in 2017, they have a 22-8 record when he is the starter. According to the EPA per play statistic, they have also been a top-five offense when he is on the field.

And their defense could be just as good as it was in 2019 with Nick Bosa returning fully healthy. The 49ers as the favorites at +190 don’t provide enough value for my liking, but I understand why sportsbooks have them here. 

Los Angeles Rams +200

Rams head coach Sean McVay went into this offseason knowing one thing: Jared Goff cannot be my quarterback for the 2021 season. He traded Goff and two first-round picks to the Detroit Lions for quarterback Matthew Stafford. 

Stafford will bring a different dynamic to this offense. Goff had a ton of trouble under pressure, ranking 31st out of any quarterback under pressure over the last two seasons. Stafford ranks 7th. Just Stafford being able to make plays when the original read is not there should open up the playbook for McVay.

With two of the best defensive players returning in Jalen Ramsey and Aaron Donald, the Rams should be a contender this season. 

Seattle Seahawks +280

Russell Wilson will work with his 3rd different offensive coordinator since entering the league this season. Shane Waldron spent the last four seasons under HC McVay in Los Angeles, so expect a ton more play-action passing, which would benefit Wilson’s skill set. Wilson is still a top-five quarterback in the NFL. 

The big question for this team is their secondary. The Seahawks have arguably the worst cornerback room in the league, and star safety Jamal Adams is not great in coverage. This could be their downfall. 

Arizona Cardinals +600

According to the EPA per play statistic, before Kyler Murray hurt his shoulder in Week 8, the Cardinals had the 7th best offense in the NFL. After that? The 26th ranked offense. The Cardinals added wide receiver A.J Green and defensive lineman J.J Watt this offseason. Unfortunately, the year is 2021, and those guys would have been great additions in 2016. Unless the Cardinals can recapture their early-season success, this team is destined to finished 4th in this division. 

NFC West Prediction

I am very high on the Los Angeles Rams this season. Sitting at +200, according to FanDuel, is too good to pass up. 

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The NFC West is a deep and talented division where even the long-shot Arizona Cardinals are just 7-1 to win the division. It’s going to be one of the best divisions in football for years to come, and the defending champion San Francisco 49ers have their work cut out for them to justify the oddsmakers -106 faith in them.

Last season, 49ers should have won the Super Bowl (sorry KC fans) and it would not shock me if the team representing the NFC in the Super Bowl comes out of this division again. The 49ers are the favorites to win the division at -106 but Seattle and the LA Rams could also turn a profit for bettors.

San Francisco 49ers (-106)

The San Francisco 49ers enter the 2020 season as the favorites to win the NFC. Kyle Shanahan heads into his third season at the helm, and this is his best team by far – on paper.

Jimmy Garrapolo will look to continue to develop into an elite quarterback. He will have rookie WR Brandon Aiyuk to work with, who projects as one of the best field stretchers coming out of the draft.

The best defense in the NFL in 2019 is running it back in 2020, with the addition of one new starter in first-round pick Javon Kinlaw. He is one of my favorite prospects coming out of the draft.

Seattle Seahawks (+220)

The Seahawks will look to resume their climb towards the Super Bowl, building on that thrilling loss to the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round.

On offense, this team is going to look a lot different, especially at the offensive line. The Seahawks have five new starters on offense, and three on the offensive line. TE Greg Olsen looks to become Russell Wilson’s favorite new target.

The Seahawks made a huge splash on defense, sending two first-round picks plus a third for safety Jamal Adams. He will slot in and should be the leader of this defense. It’s not often that a player of his caliber is traded.

L.A Rams (+550)

It’s a new era of football in Los Angeles and there has been significant turnover on this roster. It is time to see what HC Sean McVay can do with this group.

On offense, QB Jared Goff will have his work cut out for him. He has a solid arsenal of weapons in Robert Woods, Josh Reynolds and Cooper Kupp. Look for Josh Reynolds to take off this season.

The defense is going to look a lot different this season, bringing in four new starters. They still have two of the Top-10 defensive players in the league in Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey. This team is just two seasons removed from the Super Bowl and are a reasonable value bet here in NFC West future odds.

Arizona Cardinals (+700)

The Cardinals pulled off an absolute heist this offseason, getting star WR Deandre Hopkins for David Johnson and a second-round pick.

This offense showed promise last season, and it should take the next step this year. Second-year QB Kyler Murray will have a solid group of weapons around him and a young motivated head coach in Kliff Kingsbury.

The Cardinals could have an imposing defense in 2020. The sack leader from last year in Chandler Jones returns, and they drafted arguably the best player in the draft in Isaiah Simmons.

NFC West Futures Prediction

This division has some incredible betting value. The NFC WEst could be tight this year, and putting money on  the Seahawks, Rams or Cardinals is a justifiable pre-season bet.  If you are looking to take a big swing, look no further than the Arizona at +700. They just acquired a Top 5 wide receiver, and have Kyler Murray going into his sophomore year.

They remind me a lot of the 2017 Eagles, with a second-year quarterback and offensive-minded coach. I can envision a scenario where they win this tight division and put a nice 7-1 profit in your bankroll.

Brenden Deeg is from Ajax, Ontario and has been an NFL writer for over 5 years. Brenden has contributed to FanSided and 4th and Jawn. Brenden also played Defensive Line at York University, in Toronto Canada. Brenden is a Philadelphia Eagles fan, and active in the Philadelphia Eagles twitter community. You can follow his personal account here @ BrendenDeegNFP   He can reached at Brenden.Deeg@NationalFootballPost.com

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