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NFC West Division Odds and Predictions

The NFC West has been run by the Los Angeles Rams over the past two years, as Sean McVay’s crew won the division in his first two seasons on the job. The latest NFC West odds suggest LA’s reign of terror has no immediate end, as a team fresh off of a Super Bowl trip has unfinished business going into 2019.

While the Rams are the class of the division and the top NFL sportsbooks agree they’re the best bet, there are other teams lurking in the NFC West. For constant updates on the fluidity of the division, including the latest NFC West odds and predictions, be sure to keep coming back to this page.

Latest NFC West Odds

Seattle Seahawks110
San Francisco 49ers110

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NFC West Predictions

  • Current Prediction (Michael Wynn): Seattle Seahawks
  • Last Updated: December 20th

As great at the 49ers have played, all signs are pointing toward locking up either the 5th or 6th seed in the NFC Playoffs. They can still win this division and conceivably lock up home-field throughout, but that means they have to beat the Seahawks in Seattle on the final Sunday of the regular season.

I don’t envision that will happen.

  • Current Prediction (Noah Davis): San Francisco 49ers
  • Last Updated: December 20th

The Niners are literally behind the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West as I write this, but they still have full control over what happens next. A week 17 win over Seattle and the division is theirs.

Previous NFC West Predictions and Analysis

December 5th

  • Prediction (Michael Wynn): Seattle Seahawks

As great as San Francisco has played all season long, it’s the Seahawks who are now in a position to claim the division. Considering the Week 17 matchup between these two squads takes place at CenturyLink Field, it’s starting to look like Seattle will be the team that is celebrating an NFC West title.

  • Prediction (Noah Davis): San Francisco 49ers

The NFC West is still up in the air, which is pretty wild when you note that the 49ers are standing in at an elite 10-2. They lost the first meeting to Seattle, but it took a field goal in OT to prevent a tie. I’ll stand by my preseason pick and bank on the Niners winning meeting number two.

November 21st

  • Prediction (Michael Wynn): Seattle Seahawks

The 49ers play the Packers in Week 12 before traveling to Baltimore and New Orleans the following two weeks. Finishing the year with games against the Falcons, Rams, and Seahawks tells me San Francisco faces loads of roadblocks on their way into the house. Considering Seattle hosts the Niners in Week 17, I anticipate the Seahawks as the squad that emerges from this division.

  • Prediction (Noah Davis): San Francisco 49ers

The Niners did finally lose two weeks ago, but they look as good as anyone. Yes, they lost to Seattle, but it took overtime and a botched field goal to allow that to happen. The 49ers are well-coached, balanced and explosive. They’re winning the NFC West and perhaps a whole lot more.

November 7th

  • Prediction (Michael Wynn): Seattle Seahawks

Ready for this? I predict the 49ers and Seahawks will end the year with matching 12-4 records, with the Seahawks clinching the division with a Week 17 victory over San Francisco. Looking ahead, the Niners still have trips to Baltimore and New Orleans lurking. The 49ers also play the Rams and the Packers, not to mention, have a pair of games still to come versus Seattle.

I might look silly in the end, but I’m still pegging the Seahawks to win the NFC West.

  • Prediction (Noah Davis): San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers literally haven’t lost yet. I think they face a stiff test in the Seahawks in week 10, but how can I go against my pick when they LITERALLY HAVEN’T LOST YET?

October 17th

  • Prediction (Michael Wynn): Seattle Seahawks

The Rams are falling apart, and I doubt a trade for Jalen Ramsey is enough to fix all of the problems. San Francisco has done nothing wrong, but the efficiency of their passing game still concerns me. When I look at the Seahawks, I see a potential MVP candidate in Russell Wilson. I might flip-flop in two weeks, but for now, I’ll ride with Seattle.

  • Prediction (Noah Davis): San Francisco 49ers

Seattle and Los Angeles are still very much in this, but the Niners are about to be 6-0. Their defense is all kinds of disgusting and they have a very capable offense. I don’t know if they go win it all, but they’re absolutely the favorites to win their division at this point.

October 3rd

  • Prediction (Michael Wynn): Los Angeles Rams

San Francisco deserves to be considered, and the Seahawks have enough in place to keep things interesting. However, Sean McVay is ruthless when it comes to preparing his troops to play, and I have faith that Jared Goff will eventually start making strides.

  • Prediction (Noah Davis): Los Angeles Rams

The Rams have been up and down so far in 2019 and really need to figure a lot of things out. Todd Gurley hasn’t been the same guy and what was supposed to be an elite defense just gave up an unfathomable 55 points. I still like L.A. to win the NFC West, but my patience is waning.

September 19th

  • Prediction (Michael Wynn): Los Angeles Rams

The Seahawks are an intriguing pick, and the 49ers are obviously off to a dream start with a pair of double-digit victories on the road. But I’m not ready to say that either one has enough in place to beat the Rams in the long run.

  • Prediction (Noah Davis): Los Angeles Rams

It seems I may have hopped off the 49ers a bit early. No matter, the Rams look every bit capable of repeating as the winner of this division. It’ll be tougher than most expected, though.

September 5th

  • Prediction (Michael Wynn): Los Angeles Rams

San Francisco is a popular pick, but until Kyle Shanahan proves to me that he is an above-average NFL coach, I’m not hopping on the 49ers train. Unless Pete Carroll discovers some unsung heroes on his defense, the Rams could end up coasting in the NFC West by a 3 or 4 game margin.

  • Prediction (Noah Davis): Los Angeles Rams

I was on the Niners the first time around, but I’ve come to my senses. San Francisco does still feel sneaky, but the Rams have better coaching and remain the most stacked team in the NFC West. I’m tentatively joining the masses in assuming they’re still one of the best teams in the league.

July 28th

  • Prediction (Michael Wynn): Los Angeles Rams

Not only do the Rams have the most talent in the NFC West, but they also have a head coach in Sean McVay who obsesses over perfecting his craft. Looking around the division, I can’t trust Arizona or San Fran just yet, and the Seahawks defense just isn’t up to snuff.

  • Prediction (Noah Davis): San Francisco 49ers

The hype checks out, as the Niners have built a very talented defense and have all of the necessary pieces to take flight on offense. LA will suffer from the Super Bowl hangover, which could give San Francisco just enough wiggle room to strike for the crown.

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Early 2019 NFC West Analysis (Noah Davis)

Our NFL experts differ on who could come away with the NFC West crown this year, but there’s no denying the power of the Rams going into 2019.

They’re not the only team worth looking at if you’re betting on the NFC West, however, so here’s a quick breakdown of where every squad stands going into the new season.

Los Angeles Rams

The NFC West odds favor the Rams, who have secured the last two division titles and have a clear mission at hand after failing to win last year’s Super Bowl. Sean McVay has been a true wunderkind of a head coach, and Super Bowl 53 was one of the few moments where he was out-coached.

There’s little doubt he’ll come back with a chip on his shoulder, having learned some tough and valuable lessons. More importantly, LA will be hungrier as a whole, and they’re still the most talented team in this division, from top to bottom.

The fear of a Super Bowl hangover is always real, but healthy returns from the likes of Todd Gurley and Cooper Kupp should help to make this offense as formidable as ever. If free agency additions like Eric Weddle and Clay Matthews can give the defense a jolt, there is reason to think the Rams could remain one of the best teams in the entire league.

Seattle Seahawks

Even when the Seahawks appear to lack the necessary talent to make playoff runs, they still either come close or shock everyone. They remained competitive despite an on-the-fly rebuild in 2017, and in 2018, they returned to the playoffs.

Russell Wilson’s presence is largely to thank for that. After signing a massive contract this offseason, he’s here to stay, and the Seahawks will only continue to give the NFC West a push on a yearly basis. Add in growing roles for young talent like Rashad Penny and D.K. Metcalf, and Seattle’s offense is looking rather promising.

The only hang-up for a very balanced Seahawks team is that the NFC is loaded with quality teams. The NFC West in particular now has two additional teams for Wilson and company to fend off. That being said, few teams can run the ball and defend like Seattle can.

San Francisco 49ers

The Niners have been stuck in a rut for several years now, but Kyle Shanahan’s potent offensive system has shown signs of life over the past two seasons. The fact that he’s found ways to move the ball, put up points, and compete with signal-callers like Brian Hoyer, C.J. Beathard, and Nick Mullens running the show tells you everything you need to know.

That doesn’t mean the 49ers are ready to make the big leap, but the writing could be on the wall. A healthy Jimmy Garoppolo gives them stability under center, freshly signed Tevin Coleman spices up the running game, and rookie pass rusher Nick Bosa could be the final piece necessary to push a talented defense over the top.

It’s possible San Francisco’s rise could be slow and methodical, but they do appear to have all of the tools to make a giant leap.

Arizona Cardinals

There’s also the Cardinals, who wiped the slate clean this past offseason, turning to a rookie head coach in Kliff Kingsbury and drafting a new franchise passer in Kyler Murray. They basically hit the reset button and will be hoping this new-look offense gives their team a jolt.

It certainly could, as the Cardinals are actually loaded with talent, with David Johnson having top-5 rushing ability and Larry Fitzgerald heading a stacked receiver room.

After a terrible offensive season in 2018, Arizona may have made all of the right moves to get them back to being explosive on that side of the ball.

There’s only so much the Cardinals can do on offense, though. They’re still trusting their immediate returns in two first-year commodities, and they also haven’t proven they’re back to being elite on defense.

The amount of ground to make up between them and the top teams in this division is substantial, but there’s no denying the upside.

Initial NFC West Pick

The NFC West seems pretty straightforward with the Rams being strong favorites, but there are things that anyone conducting any NFC West betting will want to consider.

Two things that stand out are the absurd amount of change in this division as well as the fact that the Rams could be in for a letdown. Super Bowl losers often struggle to regroup after failing the year prior, while staying the course could be especially difficult in an improving division.

San Francisco struggled in 2018 largely due to health, while the Seahawks made the playoffs. Arizona made all the right moves, the Niners are healthy, and a strong Seattle team should be incorporating more young talent that could help make them better.

The Rams are still the class of this division, but that is a label that will experience some resistance from the rest of the NFC West in 2019.

Previous NFC West Winners

The Rams have had a lot of success in the NFC West. They’ve enjoyed three strong eras of football, with the most recent two coming under McVay and the legendary “Greatest Show on Turf” era.

LA is still knee-deep in a strong area for their franchise, but the NFC West is getting better around them. They’re not the only team to look at when betting on this division, and that surely hasn’t been the case in the past, either.

Here’s how each team has fared in the NFC West regarding division titles won.

  • San Francisco 49ers – 19
  • Los Angeles Rams – 17
  • Seattle Seahawks – 8
  • Arizona Cardinals – 3

The data for the NFC West goes all the way back to 1967, so this can be a bit misleading, especially if bettors are attempting to use past results to bet on the NFC West.

Regardless, the Niners have dominated the division as a whole and until recently have enjoyed quite a bit of success over the past decade. The Rams have risen back to prominence after some struggles but had an impressive era where they ruled the division as well.

Since the NFL realignment, however, this division has been all about the Seahawks. Seattle had their Super Bowl dynasty squad and has been torn down from that, but eight division championships since 2002 is nothing to sniff at.

Bettors want relevant data, of course, so it may be wise to pay some mind to what’s been going on lately. Here’s a look at the NFC South division champs from the past ten seasons.

  • 2018: Los Angeles Rams 13-3
  • 2017: Los Angeles Rams 11-5
  • 2016: Seattle Seahawks 10-5-1
  • 2015: Arizona Cardinals 13-3
  • 2014: Seattle Seahawks 12-4
  • 2013: Seattle Seahawks 13-3
  • 2012: San Francisco 49ers 11-4-1
  • 2011: San Francisco 49ers 13-3
  • 2010: Seattle Seahawks 7-9
  • 2009: Arizona Cardinals 10-6

Arizona has understandably been the weakest threat in the NFC West history. They originally hailed from the NFC East but never gained much traction there, either. The Cardinals have always struggled under center and really only found any kind of success when they had veterans like Kurt Warner and Carson Palmer leading the way.

It’s possible the Cardinals rise back up with a new dual-threat passer in Kyler Murray, but history doesn’t favor them, and it may take time for them to iron out the wrinkles.

The other three teams in this division have enjoyed a good amount of success over the years. San Francisco has been in a period of change lately but has historically dominated this division.

In the past decade, though, this division has been ruled by the Seahawks, who have been good-to-great virtually the entire time. That continues to be the case going into 2019, which doesn’t guarantee the Seahawks win the division but illustrates just how competitive this division is.

NFC West winners have a good history of success beyond taking the division, too. This division has produced a Super Bowl winner seven times, while 14 NFC West teams have at least reached the promised land.

The success of this division has been particularly impressive in recent years, with six of their title runs coming since 2005. The division has also been hotly contested even more recently, with two teams coming out of the NFC West to reach the playoffs in five of the last seven seasons.

Suffice it to say, the NFC West is fairly loaded, and if things break right, 2019 could be one of its most competitive seasons ever.

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