2017 NFC West Total Wins Betting Prediction

NFC West Predictions 2017

Five years ago, the NFC West was considered the toughest in the NFL, but after last season, it was one of the worst divisions in the league, with the Seattle Seahawks being the only team the NFC West with a winning record.

This year, the Arizona Cardinals are hoping for a bounce back season, but the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams are still a few years away from contending.

So, will the Seahawks win the division for a second consecutive year, or will the Cardinals retake the crown?

Read on to get the predictions in the West division of the NFC

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NFC West Division 2017 Win Total Predictions

Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals are projected to win 8 games.

Last year, the team came in with high expectation but fell flat and missed the playoffs entirely, after making it to the NFC Championship game the previous year.

This year, the Cardinals will be out to prove that 2016 season was a fluke so expect the team to play much better this time around.

With Carson Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald, and David Johnson, the Cardinals have the offensive tools to be a force in the league.

I have some questions with the Cards’ receiving core especially with players such as Michael Floyd who lacks consistency and John Brown who didn’t amount to much last year.

However, it seems like their defense is always dealing with injury problems to key players like Tyrann Mathieu.

They’ve also lost plenty of key players to free agency, but rebuilt the team with guys like Haason Reddick and Budda Baker.

Their schedule has them opening with a couple of road games, but further on in the season they have solid opportunities for wins against the Jaguars, Rams, and Titans at home.

With so much talent on a team that plays in a weak division, there is no reason why this team shouldn’t win more than eight games.

  • Over/Under Prediction: OVER 8

Los Angeles Rams

Los Angeles is projected to win 5.5 games this season.

The Rams started the season strong quickly fell back to earth, losing their final seven games of the season. The team’s side led to the firing of head coach Jeff Fisher, who had signed a contract extension during the season.

With rookie quarterback Jarred Goff handed the reigns midway through the season, the Rams are expecting to see some improvement in their franchise quarterback this year.

However, Goff might not have any solid players at the wide receiver position, and I don’t really see Tavon Austin, Robert Woods, or Copper Kupp rising to meet the challenge.

Running back Todd Gurley also struggled last season, and finished with 885 rushing yards and five touchdowns.

With Goff still getting used to the way the quarterback position is played in the NFL, look for a run oriented attack from Los Angeles this season.

The Rams need to hit the ground running (literally), but their schedule doesn’t necessarily favor them with games against the Colts, Redskins, 49ers, and Jaguars before their bye.

Even though they are playing in a weak division this year, I don’t see the Rams winning more than five games.

  • Over/Under Prediction: UNDER 6

San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers are projected to win 4.5 games this season.

The 49ers are currently in a rebuild so expectations are very low for the five-time Super Bowl champions.

The team has needs at a lot of key positions, they don’t have a franchise quarterback, their running back spends as much time on the field as he does on injury reserve, and their receivers are also very inexperienced.

Their defense used to be their strength, but those days are long gone. They did add Solomon Thomas and Reuben Foster as first-round additions alongside DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead who could arguably make this defense…good.

And, Dontae Johnson, Eric Reid and Jimmie Ward, are solid players in the back which, again, could help the defense play well enough to win more than expected.

Their schedule isn’t becoming, starting with Carolina at home, Seattle on the road in the second week, and then the Rams at home in Week 3.

It gets worse after, with three games on the road agaisnt the Cardinals, Colts, and Redskins.

Kyle Shanahan has some major miracle work up ahead for him, but stranger things have happened.

The 49ers are probably going to be as bad as they were last year, if not worse so I don’t see them winning four games this year.

  • Over/Under Prediction: UNDER 5

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle is projected to win 10.5 games this season.

Last year, the Seahawks won the NFC West but were eliminated in the Divisional round of the playoffs.

Seattle is very talented on offense and defense, but their offensive line has been a big problem for the past two seasons.

The team tried addressing the problem in the offseason but industry experts don’t think they did enough and didn’t really add anyone for the offensive line at the tackle position.

Seattle also added three new guys for the safety position, so there are some questions on Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor’s future.

The Seahawks have three road games in the first five weeks, but they’re more than good enough to go at least 3-2. Also, there some easy pickings for them after the bye which gives me some confidence they’ll win more than expected.

If Seattle’s offensive line holds up, the Seahawks will be difficult to beat, but if the line doesn’t improve, expect to see another early playoff exit.

The Seahawks will win more than 11 games this season and take the division crown once again.

  • Over/Under Prediction: OVER 10

 
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