2018 NFC West NFL Odds & Picks

2018 NFC West NFL Odds & Picks

Written by on August 3, 2018

There are a couple of teams in the NFC West that has garnered crazy attention to win Super Bowl 53. The first team, the L.A. Rams, are the odds favorites to win the NFC West. The second team, the San Francisco 49’ers, have seen their Super Bowl 53 odds drop precipitously since the beginning of the offseason. Check out why the Rams are the NFL betting favorites to win the NFC West along with info on the smart and longshot plays to take the NFC West Division.

2018 NFC West NFL Odds & Picks

  • Founded: 1967
  • Most Recent Champion: Los Angeles Rams
  • Most NFC South titles: San Francisco 49ers (19)

NFC West Betting Favorite

  • L.A. Rams -150
The Rams are favorites for multiple reasons. First, the offense could be better this season than it was last season. Think about it. RB Todd Gurley and QB Jared Goff just played their first season in head coach Sean McVeigh’s system. If anything, the two-star players should be more effective in McVeigh’s system this season. Second, the Rams now have the best cornerback duo in the NFL. Aqib Talib is as solid as it gets. He comes to L.A. from Denver. Marcus Peters comes to L.A. from Kansas City. Both are shut down corners. Acquiring the best cornerback duo in the league didn’t come without a cost. The Rams will be without one of their starting defensive ends from last season, Robert Quinn. They’ll also be without their top tackler from last season, Alec Ogletree. That could lead to the Rams’ defense underperforming against the run this season.

Smart NFC West Betting Pick

  • San Francisco 49’ers +220
A smarter wager might be to back the San Francisco 49’ers at over +200 odds to win the NFC West. San Francisco’s offense is set. The 49’ers have a very good quarterback in Jimmy Garoppolo. Garoppolo went 5 and 0 as a starter with the Niners after SF traded for Tom Brady’s backup QB in New England. The 49’ers drafted OT Mike McGlinchey with the 9th pick in Round 1 of the 2018 NFL Draft. McGlinchey should keep rushers from getting to Garoppolo up the middle. He should also open up massive holes for free agent RB Jerrick McKinnon who was ultra-effective with the Minnesota Vikings last season. Now that Reuben Foster’s issues are behind him, the former Alabama linebacker should have an excellent season. The defensive line is decent. SF is a nice play to win the NFC West at the current odds.

NFC West Betting Longshot

  • Arizona Cardinals +900
The odds on the Arizona Cardinals winning the NFC West Division are overlaid. Arizona has a much better chance of winning the division than the +900 odds indicate. When QB Sam Bradford is healthy, he’s incredibly effective. The Cardinals look like an NFL Betting long-shot to win the NFC West in 2018. Rookie QB Josh Rosen is the best NFL ready of any QB drafted these years. Also, Arizona’s defense figures to have a bounce-back season. The Cardinals could provide a big surprise come the regular season. At +900, the San Francisco 49’ers deserve a long look to win the NFC West Division.

Last 10 NFC West Champions

  • 2017: Los Angeles Rams
  • 2016: Seattle Seahawks
  • 2015: Arizona Cardinals
  • 2014: Seattle Seahawks
  • 2013: Seattle Seahawks
  • 2012: San Francisco 49ers
  • 2011: San Francisco 49ers
  • 2010: Seattle Seahawks
  • 2009: Arizona Cardinals
  • 2008: Arizona Cardinals
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