The best division in football. The four teams in the NFC West can win the division and make a deep playoffs run if healthy. However, last year it was a bit of a sluggish season.
The San Francisco 49ers were banged up by injuries all season long. Kliff Kingsbury proved having a talented Arizona Cardinals’ squad isn’t enough.
QB Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks took the division, and the Los Angeles Rams had the best defense in the league.
It’s a star-studded division, so here’s the best guide you will find on how the NFC West shapes up for 2021.
It was a weird season for the NFC West teams in 2020. The Seahawks won it, but their defense was atrocious, and their offense ran cold in the latter stages of the year.
For a part of the year, while QB Russell Wilson was in the MVP race, the defense was one of the worst passing defenses ever.
At the midway point of the season, the defense looked better with DE Carlos Dunlap’s arrival. The offense just couldn’t produce at the same level. Their lack of offensive production was their downside.
The Rams had the best defense in the league, Defensive Player of the Year, DT Aaron Donald. The offense has its fair share of talent, but it seemed like QB Goff held the team back.
QB Kyler Murray and the Cardinals faced the last season with a lot of hype. One that certainly was too big for Kliff Kingsbury to handle.
He was outcoached regularly. The Cardinals fell short of the postseason. At least, the signing of star wideout DeAndre Hopkins was on point. He delivered from the get-go.
The 49ers were hoping to replicate their 2019 season. However, injuries had other plans as they lost stars like
Edge Nick Bosa and DE Dee Ford early in the season. Offensive weapons like TE George Kittle and RB Raheem Mostert also missed a lot of games.
Not to mention starting QB Jimmy Garoppolo, who once again proved health is an issue with him. This was a season to forget.
The Rams made a blockbuster move by trading for QB Matthew Stafford. HC Sean McVay has a pass-slinger under center now and a massive upgrade over Jared Goff.
The Rams have a stacked roster, with a great defense and an explosive offense. Watching Stafford throw to WRs Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, and DeSean Jackson will be fun. The Rams should make some noise in the NFC, and at +190, it’s a good bet.
The 49ers are the team to watch. If healthy, Kyle Shanahan can coach this team to real success. They drafted QB Trey Lance as insurance—or replacement—for Jimmy Garoppolo.
With the 49ers defense healthy, you look at one of the best defenses in the NFL. Their odds at +200 are the bet to make, and they are the best roster in the division.
The Seahawk’s offseason was a shaky one. Russell Wilson wasn’t happy, their draft capital was weak, and their cap space was limited.
Wilson will stay, and their receiving corp is one of the best in the league. However, the Seahawks have big holes. The pass rush is nowhere good as others in the same division.
Their secondary was historically bad, and their best move was bringing CB Ahkello Witherspoon. He played 32% of the snaps last season. They will be in the mix, but winning the division will be tough as nails.
It’s a crucial year for Kliff Kingsbury. If the Cardinals don’t meet the expectations of a postseason roster, he will be gone.
Especially after landing names like C Rodney Hudson, OLB JJ Watt, WR AJ Green, and CB Malcolm Butler. It is a dream roster from top to bottom, and they better deliver.
|2019||San Francisco 49ers||13-3|
|2012||San Francisco 49ers||11-4-1|
|2011||San Francisco 49ers||13-3|
*Super Bowl Champion
The first thing to do is picking a team to bet on. Then, line shopping can make a lot of difference between what you can win.
Looking at the odds table, there are three vital factors to consider. The odds state who the favorite team is. The lower the odds number, the most favored the franchise is.
For example, a $100 bet on the Cardinals (+550) gives you a $550 profit and a total payout of $650 if you win the bet.
Following that, study the handle. With this, you can see the percentage of the total amount wagered on a team to win the division.
If the Rams have 45% of the handle, this translates to 45% of the bets on the NFC West winner going to Los Angeles.
The last data to look at is the percentage of bets. This shows you the numbers of bets but not the amounts wagered on each team.
For example, the Seahawks have 35% of all bets but have only a 23% of the handle. This means smaller betting amounts are being placed on Seattle.
1. Log into your sportsbook account.
2. Click on the NFL tab.
3. Select the Division from the drop-down menu.
4. Pick the odds and team to bet on.
5. Place your wager from the bet slip window—usually on the right side of the screen.