After reaching the Super Bowl last season the Los Angeles Rams are the big favourites with bookmakers to top the NFC West Division in 2019 but things could be tougher this time.
Can Rams Repeat?
Last season the LA Rams dominated the NFC West on their way to the Super Bowl and they are big favourites with bookmakers to repeat that feat this campaign. Jared Goff and co can be backed at around the 4/7 mark with most companies, but Rams fans will have some concerns. Their squad is one of the older rosters in the NFL, and the exertions of last season may have taken their toll, while the offensive line is undoubtedly weaker for the departure of John Sullivan and Rodger Saffold, so topping the Division may not be quite as easy as the markets suggest.
Seahawks Set to Struggle
One factor that might help the Rams is that last season’s main rival, the Seattle Seahawks look in bad shape. That they reached the play-offs last time round is something of a minor miracle, and largely down to the Herculean efforts of Russell Wilson. Wilson will once again be key to their chances, but the Seahawks roster is a shambles, with weaknesses in key positions on offense and defense, so odds of 3/1 about Seattle winning the NFC West may not be as generous as they seem.
San Francisco Could Surprise
The early injury to Jimmy Garoppolo effectively ended the 49ers 2018 season, but with their quarterback fit, they could surprise a few people this time round. Garoppolo is a genuine star, while the San Francisco offensive line is imposing, and the arrival of Dee Ford and Nick Bosa makes them defensively much stronger. At 5/1 they look an interesting bet.
Expect Better from Arizona
The Arizona Cardinals had a poor season last time, finishing bottom of the NFL, but their fans have some hope for better performances in 2019. The defense remains strong, while their offensive line should more solid this time round, assuming that they have better luck with injuries. The key factor though could be the arrival of number one draft pick Kyler Murray. The prodigiously talented quarterback is more mobile than Josh Rosen and has huge potential. With a strong home field advantage, the Cardinals may tempt some NFC West punters at 30/1.