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Odds to win the NFC West: +2593
Odds to win the Super Bowl: +12137
2018 record: 3-13
Over/Under wins: 5 over -131/+110
Kliff Kingsbury starts off a new era in Arizona with Kyler Murray as his quarterback and there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic going forward. Kingsbury should bring a pass first, high pace philosophy that the NFL hasn’t seen and that could give problems to defenses around the league. But let’s talk about this year; Kyler Murray is a rookie, an undersized rookie, and usually offenses aren’t efficient with rookie quarterbacks. The offense most likely will be below average, maybe even worse, but the weapons are there. The defense may actually be average this season which could give you hope if you think Kingsbury and Murray can overachieve on offense. The future prices don’t offer much value, but the over 5 wins could be a decent play if you have faith in this offense. This team will have a lot of upside, it just depends on whether it starts working sooner rather than later.
Los Angeles Rams
Odds to win the NFC West: -167
Odds to win the Super Bowl: +1254
2018 record: 13-3
Over/Under wins: 10.5 over +122/-146
Despite making it all the way to the Super Bowl (despite a controversial call going their way), the last few games of the regular season and playoffs were disappointing for an offense that was nearly unstoppable through three quarters of the regular season. Sean McVay is still running the offense so expect the offense to still be at the top of the league but there are reasons to be concerned after the struggles to end last season. Luckily for the Rams, they have a good defense to supplement their really good offense. Aaron Donald, one of the best defensive players in the NFL, leads a defensive unit that should be more than enough for this Rams offense. The futures market prices the Rams as one of the best teams but there isn’t much value to be found.
San Francisco 49ers
Odds to win the NFC West: +459
Odds to win the Super Bowl: +4418
2018 record: 4-12
Over/Under wins: 8 over -146/+122
Jimmy Garoppolo only played three games last year before a season ending ACL injury which ended a very optimistic season for the 49ers. The 49ers went 1-2 in those games with losses @ Minnesota and @ Kansas City. Garoppolo didn’t play particularly well in the Vikings loss but in the other two games he played extremely well. He has one of the best offensive minds as hid head coach, Kyle Shanahan, so expect the 49ers offense to be very efficient this season. The defense, however, is a cause for concern as the unit should be below average. There aren’t many players that get you excited on this defense as Richard Sherman, albeit getting up there in age, is probably the most impactful player. The 49ers to win the division is the only futures play that has value considering they’re similarly rated to the Seahawks who are +287 to win.
Odds to win the NFC West: +287
Odds to win the Super Bowl: +3024
2018 record: 10-6
Over/Under wins: 8.5 over -119/+100
Russell Wilson is a really good quarterback; probably a top five quarterback. Unfortunately for him, the Seahawks front office hasn’t made the best decisions when it has come to putting good players around him. Factor in Doug Baldwin retiring unexpectedly this offseason and the Seahawks have lacked offensive players around Wilson. Throw in some questionable play calling and the Seahawks need Wilson to be exceptional to win football games. The defense doesn’t help them much either as they have fallen to a below average unit despite having one of the best linebackers in football in Bobby Wagner. The Seahawks are still an above average team due to the quarterback having so much to do with overall team strength, but the market currently has them overpriced.