NFL NFC West Divisional Odds After Draft
In order to win the NFC West in 2020, you’ll have to run the gauntlet. Between the Rams, Seahawks, 49ers, and Cardinals, this is a very balanced division. The 49ers should be the cream of the crop, but Seattle is always tough, and the Rams are looking to rebound from a poor 2019. The Cardinals acquisition of DeAndre Hopkins brings a powerful weapon for Kyler Murray, so they will be improved. Let’s take a look at how the NFC West will look in 2020, and who has the best odds to win the NFC West division crown.
NFL NFC West Divisional Odds After Draft
San Francisco 49ers
- Odds To Win NFC West: +100
After losing to the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl, the 49ers shifted their focus to the 2020 season. The 49ers will return 19 of 22 starters from last year’s team. Let’s take a look at the 49ers roster for the upcoming season.
Offensively, the 49ers will look much the same. Jimmy Garoppolo returns as the starting quarterback. Even though it was rumored that the Niners were contemplating making a run at Tom Brady, nothing ever came to fruition. Gone is running back Matt Breida, who was traded to the Dolphins shortly after the draft. The Niners run game will still be strong, and will be led by Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman.
As for the receiving corps, Emmanuel Sanders left in free agency for the Saints. He will be replaced by one of the two Niners first round picks, Brandon Aiyuk, an exciting receiver from Arizona State. San Francisco’s receivers are the weak spot of their offense, and could still use some upgrades. Let us not forget that San Francisco’s best pass catcher, George Kittle is poised for another great season.
Defensively, the 49ers will have one of the top units in the NFL. Gone is DeForest Buckner, who was traded to the Colts for their first round draft pick. The Niners used that pick to grab one of the top defensive linemen in the draft, Javon Kinlaw. Kinlaw should fill Buckner’s spot.
Kinlaw will team up with Nick Bosa, Arik Armstead, Dee Ford, and free agent signee Kerry Hyder up front. The linebacking corps remains solid, and the secondary, led by Richard Sherman will be a stellar group.
- Odds To Win NFC West: +240
Where there’s a Russell Wilson, there’s a way. That could be a motto that the Seattle Seahawks live by in 2020. Coming off of a playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers last season, the Seahawks are looking to make another playoff run this season. They’ll have to get through a very tough NFC West, but the Seahawks feel that they have the group to get to the playoffs.
Offensively, one thing has seemed to plague the Seahawks for the last few years, and that’s the inability to protect Russell Wilson. This year looks to be the same. Seattle just released two starting offensive linemen, and lost another to free agency, so the lone remaining starters are Duane Brown and Mike Iupati. They currently only have one true center on their roster, but could move free agent signee BJ Finney to that spot.
The running back situation will look to be much the same this season with Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny manning the backfield. Penny has thus far been a disappointment, so Seattle hopes that he can live up to his potential this season.
D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett will be the starting wideouts. Phillip Dorsett was brought in to help solidify the receiving corps. Will Dissly and former All-Pro Greg Olson will man the tight end spots.
Defensively, Seattle will look much the same as last season. The biggest piece they will need to fill will be that of Jadeveon Clowney, who has yet to be signed in free agency. Former Seahawk Bruce Irvin was brought back to help replace Clowney’s production. Seattle also used it’s first two draft picks to help improve the defense.
Los Angeles Rams
- Odds To Win NFC West:+350
The Rams were hit hard this offseason. They lost key players on both sides of the ball. Todd Gurley was released, Clay Matthews was let go, Brandin Cooks was traded to the Texans, and Dante Fowler Jr. left via free agency. These key losses leave a lot of gaping holes for the Rams.
Jared Goff will still have Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp, but the running game could struggle. The defense will still have Aaron Donald, but this isn’t near the team that they had in 2017 and 2018.
- Odds To Win NFC West: +1000
Former #1 pick Kyler Murray has some weapons in his arsenal. With the acquisition of DeAndre Hopkins, he’ll have a very good receiving corps. With Kenyan Drake in the backfield, Murray will have a ton of options. If the upgraded offensive line can protect Murray, this could be a good group.
The defense still has a lot of holes to fill. This group could give up a lot of points this year. They do have promising young players, but they’re not ready for the big time just yet. Arizona will be improved, but still has a long way to go.