The wild wild west. Is it safe to say that this is the division in football right now? I think so. It boasts two of the best young coaches in the NFL, a couple of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL and another that is arguably the best in the league. I love this division and the bookmakers apparently share my thoughts on how good each team is. Let’s take a look.
History would suggest...
Remember when the Seahawks were 7-9 and won the division and we all wondered if that was right? Then they beat the Saints in the first round we all stopped debating it? That was ten seasons ago. How time flies. The West remains unpredictable as each team has won the division at least once in the last five seasons and the NFC representative has come from this division five times in the last ten seasons. The Seahawks have won the most division titles over the last ten season with four.
The San Francisco 49ers opened the offseason as the favorite at (+105) and remain the king of the mountain at (+105) on Bovada and are a juicy favorite on BetOnline at (-110). Last season’s Super Bowl loser did trade DeForest Buckner but was able to keep Arik Armstead. I am not sure that is an all-around win, but I wouldn’t call it a loss until you see what the Niners do with that #13 pick in the NFL draft.
The trio of running backs remains in place and that is going to be where Kyle Shanahan loves to play around. It will be fun to see what Raheem Mostert has in store as he goes into next season as the focus of the backfield for an entire year.
The Value Plays
Every other team in this division is a value play for the most part. You aren’t going to find any (+1000)’s in this division. At (+250) on Bovada and (+350) on BetOnline, the Seattle Seahawks are a great value for my money. The Seahawks were 11-5 last season and fell just short of the conference title game, losing to Green Bay 28-23 in the divisional round at Lambeau Field. Russell Wilson is still the most dangerous quarterback in the league that isn’t named Lamar Jackson while Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny are one of the best two-headed monsters in the league out of the backfield.
The Los Angeles Rams will look a bit different next season but are still well liked by bookmakers at (+400) on Bovada and BetOnline. The now Gurley-less Rams have lost a lot of names in the offseason and it will be interesting to see where the replacements come from.
Obviously they are well coached with Sean McVay and Jared Goff is solid, if unspectacular. The return of Michael Brockers is important but the loss of Dante Fowler and retirement of Eric Weddle is huge.The Rams are interesting to say the least.
No thanks, I’m driving
Given the other options in the division I don’t want much to do with the Arizona Cardinals. Even at 5-10-1 last season they weren’t terrible but they also were a team that inspired me to take a chance on them at (+675) on Bovada or (+500) on BetOnline. The De’Andre Hopkins deal was fantastic and gives Kyler Murray one of the best targets in football but I am not sure about Murray and even less sure about head coach Kliff Kingsbury.
My Pick I like the 49ers and I like Shannahan but I feel like everything went a little too perfect for them last season. Plus at (-110) the value is trash so I am going to throw some money on Danger-Russ and the Seahawks at (+250). I love Wilson, I love the backfield and Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf are a fantastic wide receiver duo. The offensive line has been a problem for a long time but Wilson always seems to make it work. Gimme the ‘Hawks. Look at betting Seattle at PayPerHead247.com; our premium per-head bookie site!
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