With the NFL season right around the corner (crossing fingers, toes, and nose), I am going to kick off a series where I breakdown each division in the NFL. Recap the key additions, subtractions from the offseason and tell you what you should bet on the Over/Under for each team.
Today I am going to continue my series within the NFC West.
NFC WEST Over/Under Predictions
Key Additions: DeAndre Hopkins, Isaiah Simmons, De’Vondre Campbell, Devon Kennard, Jordan Phillips
Key Subtractions: David Johnson, Pharoh Cooper, Charles Clay, Damiere Byrd, Rodney Gunter, Joe Walker
Last years record: 5-10-1
Strength of Schedule: .518 (T-8th)
Vegas Over/Under Win Total: 7.5
The crowning achievement of the offseason was the Arizona Cardinals stealing DeAndre Hopkins away from the Texans for a pack of crackerjacks.
Another move I was a huge fan of was Isaiah Simmons falling to them in the draft, whom I thought was one of the best defensive players in the draft.
It’s year two for Murray and Kingsbury, will they take the next step forward together? The defense will be a huge key.
Cardinals Over/Under: 7.5 – I am betting the over here.
2020 Record: 10-6
The Cardinals benefit from an easier schedule to kick off the season after their opening matchup with the 49ers. They face Washington, Detriot, Carolina, and the New York Jets, if they can go 4-0 through those games, they might have a chance at a Wild Card.
Los Angeles Rams
Key Additions: A’Shawn Robinson, Cam Akers, Leonard Floyd, Austin Blythe, Van Jefferson, Terrell Lewis
Key Subtractions: Brandin Cooks, Dante Fowler Jr., Blake Borthles, Eric Weddle, Clay Matthews
Last years record: 9-7
Strength of Schedule: .516 (T-10th)
Vegas Over/Under Win Total: 8.5
The Rams underachieved last year, and their offseason was very much a shoulder shrug. We have another year of which we have to see if Jared Goff is actually good or not, and a team that might struggle because of a lack of a running game even with the drafting of Cam Akers.
Rams Over/Under 8.5 – Under
2020 Record: 6-10
Defensively this team is solid, but I have questioned whether or not this team will be able to score points. I think this team takes another step back and finishes last within the division.
Key Additions: Bruce Irvin, Phillip Dorsett, Mike Lupati, Jarran Reed, Greg Olsen, Jordyn Brooks, Darrell Taylor
Key Subtractions: Marshawn Lynch, Jaron Brown, Josh Gordon, Ed Dickson, Quinton Jefferson
The Seahawks are one of those teams that go under the radar consistently. Russell Wilson is the best Quarterback in football, and everyone sleeps on the guy, he is coming off a third straight season with 30+ touchdowns and second consecutive season with single-digit interceptions. Year in and year out, he gets the job done.
The offseason was just okay for the Seahawks, but they bring back a lot of familiar faces that should help them thrive in 2020.
Last years record: 11-5
Strength of Schedule: .509 (T-13th)
Vegas Over/Under Win Total: 9.5
Seahawks Over/Under 9.5: Over, SMASH IT
2020 Record: 11-5
They have a stretch during week 13-16 against the Giants, Jets, Washington, and the Rams that should help them cruise right into the playoffs again.
San Francisco 49ers
Key Additions: Javon Kinlaw, Brandon Aiyuk, Charlie Woerner, Trent Williams, Travis Benjamin
Key Subtractions: Emmanual Sanders, DeForest Buckner, Garrett Celek, Levine Toilolo
Last years record: 13-3
Strength of Schedule: .527 (4th)
Vegas Over/Under Win Total: 10.5
Kinlaw in to replace Buckner, Aiyuk to replace Sanders, stealing the Trent Williams from Washington for nothing to replace Staley, this team is making things happen and pickup capital along the way.
They had a fantastic draft and a good offseason especially for a team that is reeling from a Super Bowl Loss.
49ers Over/Under 10.5: Over – But I am not betting it.
2020 Record: 12-4
Jimmy G is going to have to step up and improve upon what we saw last year. They are surrounding him with weapons that will help him succeed. The defense should be as good as they were last year.
They have the 4th hardest schedule in football, but they start the season with Cardinals, Jets, Giants, Eagles, Dolphins, Rams, and Patriots. One of those games will be tough for them but they have a strong chance of starting the season with 6-7 wins.
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