NFC West divisional future odds update
With that being said, who should we look at as our betting favorite from these NFL odds at LVH Sportsbook in Las Vegas?
Even though the loss of Michael Crabtree for a large duration of the season stinks, the 49ers should still be considered the outright favorites to win this division. San Francisco has been inching closer to another Super Bowl title over the last two years, and after getting so close for two years in a row and on top of the other improvements they've already made this off-season, could this be San Francisco’s year? The 49ers also happen to be one of the biggest Super Bowl favorites; so on the outside looking in it does appear that 4/5 has good value for them to win the division. However this division is going to be a coin flip this season between the 49ers and the Seahawks, but I think two bets on each team with one being a bigger wager is the way to go this off-season. That way you can ensure yourself some profit by the time the playoffs come around, assuming the Rams or Cardinals don’t come out of nowhere.
Unlike their conference and Super Bowl future odds, I do think the Seahawks are appropriately priced here from LVH sportsbook. As I've been mentioning throughout these division articles, there are multiple variables that can go wrong with a future odds bet to win a division, so hedging the Seahawks with the 49ers or vice versa seems like the way to go this off-season. While I'm not quite sold on the Seahawks’ ability to win the Super Bowl this season, they are surely good bet to win the division and I think you should treat them as such.
St. Louis Rams (+800)
The Rams could be the dark horse killing our vibes in this division if they end up having a great season, but I’m not buying the small noises coming from St. Louis just yet. I think we are at least a year away from considering the Rams having value in these divisional future odds, especially because there are two just as young as much more talented teams ahead of them. The Rams’ defense will likely be the source of their value this season, and although they busted on the scene ATS last season, I think they still could have another above .500 ATS season. The Rams were 11-5 ATS a year ago, going 6-0 ATS against the NFC West.
Arizona Cardinals (+3000)
This is a long shot you have to ignore, but the Cardinals could also have some sort of value this season. If Carson Palmer can get the ball to Larry Fitzgerald, that will immediately improve them from awful to not that bad, and remember, the Cards were solid ATS in a few areas last season. Despite being 0-4 ATS as favorites in 2012, they were 7-4-1 ATS as an underdog in 2013, and I think we will see that exact same value on the Cards this season. Their defense is underrated, and I think there is value with our NFL picks to be had in Arizona playing as a home underdog this year.