The NFL season is slowly approaching and it is time to take a look at the different divisions and where best to start than the home of the defending Super Bowl Champions, the Seattle Seahawks and the NFC West.
On Bovada and sportsbook.com, the Seahawks are favored at 11 to 10 to win the NFC West, while the San Francisco 49ers are 5 to 4, the Arizona Cardinals 8 to 1 and the St. Louis Rams 8 to 1.
The NFC West had three of the NFL’s top four teams against the spread last season. Seattle finished 11-5 ATS, while San Francisco and Arizona were close behind with both at 10-5-1 ATS.
According to data from betonline and topbet, those same three teams were a combined 17-5-2 against the number on the road.
This season the NFC West will play against the AFC West, which had three teams reach the postseason last season. The NFC West played against the AFC South last season and was 13-3 straight up.
Odds makers are expecting the Seahawks or 49ers to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl this upcoming season and have made the NFC a favorite by 3 points to lift the Vince Lombardi trophy next February.
More money has been wagered on Seattle in the NFL Super Bowl futures than on any other team in the league. The latest futures list released has the Seahawks at 4 to 1 to win while division rival San Francisco is at 6 to 1.
The Seattle Seahawks have a season win total of 11, with the OVER sitting on -130. Their current odds to win the Super Bowl are 4 to 1.
Returning to play strong following a Super Bowl victory is tough. Over the last 12 seasons, six of the defending Super Bowl champions have reached the playoffs the next season and six missed. The Seahawks should reach the postseason.
The San Francisco 49ers win total has been posted at 10.5 with the OVER -135. The odds for the 49ers to win the Super Bowl currently sit at 6 to 1.
The 49ers are 36-11-1 SU in the first three seasons under Jim Harbaugh and have posted 11 wins or more in each season.
The defense has lost a number of key personnel in the secondary, but should be strong nonetheless. Last season the 49ers were an impressive 6-1-1 against the number on the road.
The Arizona Cardinals have a season win total of 7.5, with the OVER sitting on -160. The Cardinals odds to win the Super Bowl sit at 50 to 1.
The Cardinals defense is one of the league’s best and the team finished 7-2 SU over its past 9 games of the season.
The St. Louis Rams have a season win total of 7.5 with the OVER sitting on -150. The Rams Super Bowl odds are currently at 50 to 1.
The Rams will be a good team this season, but playing in a division that is so tough will make it hard for the team to reach the playoffs. The team will need a huge season from quarterback Sam Bradford. On defense, their pass rush is one of the league’s best.
I like the 49ers to win at least 12 games during the regular season, win the NFC West and represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.