NFC West Over/Unders
The NFL Draft has been completed, most of the impact moves in free agency have been made months ago and the 2013 schedule is out. Perhaps most importantly, Las Vegas has weighed in and set the over/unders for each NFL team. We are going to take a look at each team, division-by-division and speculate on whether they will finish better or worse than their numbers show.
Arizona Cardinals- Over/Under- 5.5 Wins
Is this bettable? It is bettable. The Arizona Cardinals return one great wide receiver…..and what else? Their defense is unlikely to play as well as it did last year and new quarterback Carson Palmer is an interception waiting to happen…..it actually just happened….again. In a division where everyone else strengthened their team, the Cardinals fall woefully short.
St. Louis Rams- Over/Under- 7.5 Wins
Is this bettable? It is bettable. The Rams look to be much improved on paper and head coach Jeff Fisher will keep them competitive in just about every game. Quarterback Sam Bradford finally has some targets with West Virginia duo Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey, as well as Brian Quick in his sophomore campaign and tight end Jared Cook. St. Louis could be one of the league’s surprise teams and they should finish no worse than .500.
San Francisco 49ers- Over/Under- 11 Wins
Is this bettable? In a word, yes. As much as Colin Kaepernick looked like an absolute beast last season he will be missing his favorite target, wide receiver Michael Crabtree for most of if not the entire year. Kaepernick wasn’t asked to do a ton last season in terms of scanning the field and he’s going to have to do more of that this year. No Dashon Goldson at safety and no Delaney Walker at tight end mitigate the gain of adding Anquan Boldin to the receiving corps. The 49ers will be very good, but it’s difficult to imagine them winning more than 11 games.
Seattle Seahawks- Over/Under- 10.5 Wins
Is this bettable? In a word, no. Seattle may have had the best offseason in the NFL and everyone seemingly loves this team. So why is their over/under number at 10.5 instead of 11.5? This has Vegas trick written all over it and something is bound to go wrong. Russell Wilson looks like he’ll be a 15-year stud at quarterback but what if the league adjusts to him? The division outside of Arizona is very difficult and I can see the Seahawks winning 12 games or 9 games. Too volatile to bet.
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