NFC West Predictions, Odds & Projections 2021/2022
- The Rams have made a huge switch at QB, trading Jared Goff for Matthew Stafford
- The 49ers and Seahawks are both still trying to figure out who their starting QB will be
- Arizona won the J.J. Watt battle and now have him chasing down opposing quarterbacks
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The NFC West is now one of the most competitive NFL divisions, with all four of its teams showing early signs of having postseason potential, so we have a look at which of these talented franchises will come out on top during the 2021/22 NFL regular season. Good luck!
NFC West Division Winner Odds
Odds taken from DraftKings Sportsbook, updated on October 25, 2021.
|Arizona Cardinals||-165 |
|Los Angeles Rams||+150 |
|San Francisco 49ers||+4000 |
|Seattle Seahawks||+4000 |
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NFC West Division Predictions and Picks
The Rams now have the quarterback in Matthew Stafford who can execute the tricky game plans of HC Sean McVay, so expect them to be able to win this tough division in 2021.
How to Watch 2021/22 NFL Regular Season
|2021/22 NFL Regular Season|
|What||2021/22 NFL Regular Season|
|Where||USA + International|
|When||Thu, Sept 9 thru TBD|
|How to watch||CBS/ESPN/Fox/NBC/NFLN|
Favorites to Win
Los Angeles Rams
Despite leading his Rams to the Super Bowl a few seasons ago, QB Jared Goff seemed to have trouble executing head coach Sean McVay’s offense last season, so in the offseason, he was traded to the Detroit Lions for their starting QB Matthew Stafford with the hope that his arm and football IQ will do the job better.
In Detroit, Stafford seemed to put up respectable or better numbers but for a Lions team that could never convert that production into wins, but now in L.A. he will have a team that’s just a QB short of being a winner, or at least that is what the Rams’ front office is gambling on.
Since the Rams traded two first-round picks to the Jacksonville Jaguars for star cornerback Jalen Ramsey a few seasons ago, they will not have a first-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, but expect them to use their remaining picks to add depth on both sides of the ball.
San Francisco 49ers
There are still plenty of trade rumors floating around when it comes to San Francisco 49ers starting QB Jimmy Garoppolo, but so far no actual movement has happened and the team leader who has missed 23 games in the last three seasons remains the starter, at least for now.
One smart thing the Niners’ front office did was keep their most valuable free agent, left tackle Trent Williams, who they worked out a 6-year, $138 million deal with, making him the highest-paid offensive lineman in NFL history, and giving whoever the team starts under center the ultimate protection.
Some mock drafts have the 49ers using their first-round pick, 12th overall, to grab whatever young QB is still left on the board, like North Dakota’s Trey Lance or Alabama’s Mac Jones, for example, whereas other mocks have them focusing on their O-line by grabbing Northwestern star Rashawn Slater.
This offseason, the Seahawks front office is battling zero salary cap space plus they have no first-round pick in the draft (the result of their earlier trade for veteran safety Jamal Adams), but worst of all is the fact that it would seem their franchise quarterback Russell Wilson no longer wants to play on the team.
Except that despite generous offers from other teams like the Chicago Bears, the Seahawks have refused to trade Wilson, so that leaves the offense in Seattle a bit up in the air for now until the team can figure out why their star playmaker is so unhappy there.
With no salary cap to play with, the Seahawks could lose a great number of free agents on their roster, including linebackers K.J. Wright and Bruce Irvin, defensive linemen Poona Ford and Benson Mayowa, and cornerbacks Shaquill Griffin and Quinton Dunbar
No Chance to Win
The Cardinals got far better on defense this offseason when they ended up winning the battle for free agent defensive end J.J. Watt, who seemed to have his pick of NFL franchises to choose from, and now the team has a viable pass rush that will have opposing offenses and QBs rattled.
The big question is whether head coach Kliff Kingsbury is capable of further developing their young QB, Kyler Murray, who so far (despite being height-challenged) has proven himself to be capable of playing at an NFL level, completing almost 66 percent of his passes for 46 touchdowns in two seasons, though with 24 interceptions.
Arizona’s secondary could use some depth, and some mocks have the Cardinals looking for cornerbacks with their first-round pick, 16th overall, with Virginia Tech’s Caleb Farley and South Carolina’s Jaycee Horn both possibilities if either is still on the board.
Which Team Has Won the Most Divisional Titles?
|San Francisco 49ers||20|
|Los Angeles Rams||13|
Which NFC West Team Has Won the Most Super Bowls?
|San Francisco 49ers||5|
|Los Angeles Rams||1|
The Los Angeles Rams have won four NFC championships and turned those into a Super Bowl win: XXXIV in 1999.
Next are the Seattle Seahawks, who won three NFC championships and turned them into one Super Bowl win: XLVIII 2013.
Last are the Arizona Cardinals, who have won one NFC championship in 2008 but could not turn it into a Super Bowl win.
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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]