Football odds makers expect that a .500 season might be enough to win this division in 2010.
NFL betting odds list San Francisco as the favorite to win the NFC West this season but they are not attracting much confidence from bettors. The 49ers season win total is just 8.5. The 49ers went 8-8 last season and although some people believe San Francisco will be improved, the 49ers did little in the off-season to upgrade their talent. And it should be noted that San Francisco still doesn’t have a quarterback who inspires confidence as Alex Smith has done very little in his NFL career.
The Arizona Cardinals won the NFC West last season with a record of 10-6. The Cardinals are not the football betting favorites this year though as they suffered a number of off-season losses. Quarterback Kurt Warner retired and the team also lost receiver Anquan Boldin and linebacker Karlos Dansby. Not many people believe Matt Leinart is ready to be a quality starting quarterback in the NFL and that is one of the reasons that Arizona’s win total is just 7.5.
The Seattle Seahawks are have the same win total as Arizona at 7.5 but there is a lot more optimism in Seattle than there is in Arizona. The Seahawks have a new head coach in Pete Carroll and many people believe that Seattle can improve dramatically off their five win season of a year ago. Whether that is true or not remains to be seen since Seattle has an aging quarterback in Matt Hasselbeck and no running game.
St. Louis won just a single game in 2009 but they have a win total this year of 5.5. The Rams took Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford with the first overall pick but how soon he makes a difference for the Rams is in question. Many gamblers don’t believe in the Rams yet as the under is -160 on their win total.
There is no question that on paper the NFC West is the weakest division in the NFL. One of these teams is going to win the division though and make the playoffs. While the division may be weak, the games should be very competitive with each team, other than St. Louis having a chance to win the NFC West.