Seattle is a significant favorite to yet again win the NFC West and by the betting odds they are head and shoulders above the competition. The Seahawks will however still have to do it on the field as anyone making NFL predictions realizes.
Arizona still has talented players, but the regression of Carson Palmer prevents them from moving up. For Los Angeles and San Francisco, they both have a long way to go to even by .500 clubs, let alone a factor in the division race.
Here is our preseason preview and all the NFL odds listed are courtesy of 5Dimes.
Last year the Seattle defense took a step backward. They were not horrible, still ranked 5th in total defense, nonetheless, against more prolific offenses they had a harder time stopping those opponents. They are looking to get their swagger back, but lack the depth in the defense line and being smaller upfront might be a hindrance. The Seahawks offense line is like a major airport, always under construction. Russell Wilson is being hit more than ever and unless Eddie Lacy is the power back that fits, the offense will continue to be average. Seattle wins division, but OVER is risky wager for NFL picks.
Odds to Win the Division (as of 7/27)
L.A. Rams +2500
San Francisco +4000
Arizona wants to believe they have one more year in them to reach greatness, with Carson Palmer 38 in December and Larry Fitzgerald 34. Let’s be honest, Palmer should retire after this season and coach Bruce Arians has shifted gears with the Cardinals offense, with RB David Johnson now the star of the team. The offensive line is better at run blocking than pass blocking. With DE Calais Campbell gone and four other starters from last season departing because of free agency, it is not a stretch to think the defense will allow more points. The Redbirds at .500 sounds accurate.