East Coast-West Coast Rivalry: NY Vs. LA Total NFL Wins in 2017

Matthew Jordan

Thursday, August 31, 2017 4:46 PM UTC

Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 4:46 PM UTC

New York and Los Angeles might be the two biggest media markets in the USA, but it could be a long NFL season on each coast for the four teams. Let’s examine a prop comparing the cities.

I’m well aware that there’s some sort of East Coast vs. West Coast hip-hop rivalry (or was), but my knowledge is pretty much limited to knowing about the deaths of rappers the Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shukur. Wait, isn’t Tupac alive? Yeah Elvis too.

Anyways, now that there are two NFL teams in Los Angeles to go with the two New York City teams – even though the Jets and Giants share the same MetLife Stadium in New Jersey – we can formulate a prop on which city has more combined wins this football season. Many of SBR’s top-rated sportsbooks will allow you to create a prop if they find it to their liking. Here, we make the City of Angels teams -140 favorites to win more games than their Big Apple counterparts.

There’s little question the Jets are going to be the worst of these four clubs as they are given a league-low 3.5-win total on BetOnline football odds. Gang Green jettisoned most of their best veterans (Brandon Marshall, David Harris, Nick Mangold to name three) this offseason and now reportedly want to trade running back Matt Forte. Jets management and players swear they aren’t tanking, and Commissioner Roger Goodell says he believes there’s no tanking in football. That’s hogwash. Your key Jets skill position players as of now look like QB Josh McCown, RB Bilal Powell and WRs Robby Anderson and ArDarius Stewart. If you have a Jets player on your fantasy team, you should be ashamed.

The Giants won 11 games last season behind one of the NFL’s best defenses and reached the playoffs for the first time since upsetting New England in Super Bowl XLVI. New York was routed in the wild-card game in Green Bay. Big Blue’s defense should again be excellent, but there remain questions about the offensive line and running game. The Giants did sign Marshall when the Jets cut him loose and could have one of the NFL’s best WR trios in Odell Beckham Jr. (assuming his ankle is OK), Marshall and Sterling Shepard. The Giants have a win total of 9 at 5Dimes.

Just a couple of years ago, Los Angeles had zero NFL teams – and really didn’t care. Now it has two with the Chargers moving north from San Diego. They will have a rather unique home-field advantage the next few seasons playing in the 30,000-seat StubHub Center, a soccer stadium for the L.A. Galaxy. Judging by the preseason crowds, the Bolts aren’t even going to fill that. The Chargers are given a win total of 7.5. They have some terrific offensive talent in QB Philip Rivers, RB Melvin Gordon, WR Keenan Allen and TEs Hunter Henry & Antonio Gates. Alas, injuries already have struck the Chargers, which seems to be an annual problem. As is blowing fourth-quarter leads. L.A. has a new head coach in Anthony Lynn.

The Rams also have a new head coach, and it’s former Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay. At 31, he’s the youngest head coach in modern NFL history. The Rams are hoping he can do for Jared Goff what he did for Kirk Cousins in Washington. Frankly, McVay can only be an upgrade on former coach Jeff Fisher. Goff has a very good running back in Todd Gurley, and the Rams got him a No. 1 receiver in a recent trade for Sammy Watkins from Buffalo. The defense is quite good – at least when Pro Bowl tackle Aaron Donald is on the field. He’s currently holding out. The Rams have a win total of 5.5.


The Verdict

I could honestly see the Jets going 0-16 – that any club does this season is +1000 on the NFL futures. They maybe have three chances to win: Week 4 vs. Jacksonville, Week 5 in Cleveland and Week 16 vs. the Chargers. Just to be generous, let’s give the Jets two wins. The Giants likely aren’t winning 11 games again; that total of 9 sounds about right.

Some NFL experts believe the Chargers will be a playoff team; if they could just get some good luck here and there, it’s possible. But let’s give the Bolts an 8-8 record. The Rams were 4-12 last year. An upgrade in coaching and expected improvement from Goff should add a couple of wins. Let’s go 6-10.

Final tally: L.A. teams 14 victories, New York clubs 11. West Coast represents!

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