NFC West Division Winner Predictions, Best Bets, Odds
- Last year, the NFC West sent three of its four teams to the NFL postseason
- the Rams going the total distance winning Super Bowl LVI by a field goal
- The NFC West is ranked the second most powerful NFL division this season
Last season, the NFC West sent three of its four teams to the NFL postseason, including the divisional-winning LA Rams and the two NFC Wildcard teams – the Arizona Cardinals and the San Fran 49ers – with the Rams going the total distance winning Super Bowl LVI by a field goal.
Now in 2022, the Rams are still expected to rule the NFC West but the Cards, Niners, and the Seattle Seahawks are going to make them earn every win as the second most powerful NFL division this season looks to send yet another Super Bowl winner to the Big Game.
Fans can now bet on which of these four teams is most likely to win the NFC West, so we take a look at the predictions, odds, and picks for who will be kings of that division as the NFL kicks off their 2022 season starting on September 8 when the Rams take on the Buffalo Bills.
NFC West Division Winner Odds
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|Los Angeles Rams||-120 |
|San Francisco 49ers||+140 |
|Arizona Cardinals||+1000 |
|Seattle Seahawks||+5000 |
NFC West Division Winner Predictions and Pick
Odds are that the Rams won’t repeat as Super Bowl Champs but if this talented roster stays healthy this team can certainly win the NFC West.
Los Angeles Rams (-120)
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Los Angeles Rams
The Rams have won the NFC West nine of the last twenty seasons, almost half, and they have come in second place five times in that stretch, meaning they were close to taking the Division during those seasons, an obvious favorite to win here.
The L.A. Rams HC Sean McVay is considered by many as an offensive genius with the way he utilizes the talent he has on his roster, including a more than adequate QB in Matthew Stafford as well as the Super Bowl MVP and the NFL’s Offensive POY wide receiver Cooper Kupp.
On the defensive side of the ball, DC Raheem Morris gets to work with arguably the best player in the league, DT Aaron Donald, as well as a secondary that includes CB Jalen Ramsey and a linebacker crew that contains Bobby Wagner, a veteran tackler who can see the entire field.
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers upgraded their offensive line this offseason when they added fourth-round RG Spencer Burford, a talented rookie expected to play starting in Week 1 to join veteran LT Trent Williams in protecting their young QB Trey Lance under center.
What San Fran HC Kyle Shanahan gets to game plan around is a multi-tooled offensive weapon named Deebo Samuel, a wide receiver that OCs Chris Foerster & Bobby Slowik have begun also using as a running back due to his ability to evade tackles and earn first downs and more.
No discussion of the Niners is complete without a tip of the cap to DE Nick Bosa, arguably one of the top pass rushers in the league who instills fear in whatever QB he faces, and add DTs Javon Kinlaw and Arik Armstead to that pass rush and suddenly the other team is off the field.
The entire football world is waiting for HC Kliff Kingsbury’s Cardinals to take off and live up to the hype of their talented roster including the newly paid franchise QB Kyler Murray whose work ethic was called into question during the offseason.
Now that has been straightened out, so expect Murray to continue his offensive connection with his talented WR room that includes deep threat A.J. Green and slot receiver Rondale Moore, plus now Arizona has one of the best pass-catching TEs in the league in veteran Zach Ertz.
Arizona DC Vance Joseph gets to game plan with 3× NFL Defensive PoY and 5x All-Pro DE J.J. Watt who has two seasons with 20+ sacks, and he makes the secondary’s coverage job a bit easier with his brutal pass rush, help SS Budda Baker and CB Antonio Hamilton no doubt enjoy.
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It will be exciting to watch Seahawks HC Pete Carroll go to work this year without his longtime franchise QB Russell Wilson who is now with the Denver Broncos, a Seattle team now with veteran backup Geno Smith under center for the 2022 season.
Hopefully, that won’t affect the ability of the team’s #1 deep threat receiver DK Metcalf to do what he does, which is stretch the field with his speed so that Smith’s other targets – Tyler Lockett, Dee Eskridge, and TE Noah Fant – have plenty of midfield space to run their routes.
The Seahawks have a new DC, Clint Hurtt, who for 5 seasons served as the team’s assistant head coach and D-line coach, his job to turn around a defensive unit that was ranked 28th in the league last season using playmakers like DE Shelby Harris and rookie CB Tariq Woolen.
Which NFC West Team Has Won the Most Divisional Titles?
|NFC West Divisional Titles||Total|
|San Francisco 49ers||20|
|Los Angeles Rams||14|
The NFC was born in 1970 along with some other league realignments so here we list all the divisional titles that each of the four teams have earned since that season, though a few of these historic football franchises have won other divisions before that aforementioned date.
The Niners have the most NFC West wins with twenty of them, their greatest stretch coming in the mid 80’s through the mid 90’s when Bill Walsh and then George Seifert were the head coaches and names like Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, and Steve Young were playing the game.
Most of the 70’s the NFC West belonged to the Rams under HC Chuck Knox and for a bit Ray Malavasi, and for the Seahawks, it was the mid 00’s through the mid 10’s that they dominated that division, and the newer Cardinals came along after that, an even tougher division in 2022.
Which NFC West Team Has Won the Most Super Bowls?
|NFC West Super Bowl Wins||Total|
|San Francisco 49ers||5|
|Los Angeles Rams||2|
The San Fran 49ers are at the top of this prestigious list with five Super Bowls to their franchise name, with four of those coming in the eighties when Bill Walsh was in charge of the team, that fifth Lombardi Trophy earned under George Seifert’s watch with 2 Big Game losses since then.
The most recent Super Bowl winner to come out of this division is the Los Angeles Rams who won the Big Game last season against the Cincinnati Bengals by a field goal, 23-20, earning the Rams their second Lombardi Trophy, the one prior coming in 1999 with Dick Vermeil as HC.
Any Seattle Seahawks fan will tell you that their Super Bowl win total should be 2 due to a horrible play call but they do have the one in 2013 after beating the Denver Broncos, 43-8, and the Arizona Cardinals are still waiting on their chance to bring their fans a Super Bowl win.
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How to Watch 2022/23 NFL Regular Season
|What||2022 / 23 NFL Regular Season|
|Where||USA + International|
|When||Thu, Sept 8 thru Sunday, Feb 12, 2023|
|How to watch||CBS / ESPN / Fox / NBC / NFLN|
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Mike Lukas is a retired standup comedian turned freelance writer now living in Dallas, Texas, originally from Cleveland, Ohio. His love for the game of football and all things Cleveland Browns turned Mike into a pro blogger years ago. Now Mike enjoys writing about all thirty-two NFL teams, hoping to help football gamblers gain a slight edge in their pursuit of the perfect wager. Email: [email protected]