After an unusually hectic offseason that seemed to drag on forever, the 2020 NFL season is rapidly approaching.
The 2020 Super Bowl race is wide open, but some early favorites stand out in the Baltimore Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers. Before anyone starts thinking about the Super Bowl, however, they need to worry about handling their business within their division during the regular season.
With that in mind, here's how the experts see the NFC West shaping up in 2020.
Picks to Win the NFC West
ESPN projections are from their Football Power Index (FPI) projections, Sporting News projections are from Vinnie Iyer's 2020 predictions, USA Today's projections are from Nate Davis' updated 2020 predictions and FanDuel Sportsbook projections are from their 2020 NFL betting odds.
ESPN: San Francisco 49ers
Sporting News: Seattle Seahawks
USA Today: San Francisco 49ers
FanDuel Sportsbook Favorite: San Francisco 49ers (-105)
Coming off a Super Bowl loss, the betting favorite San Francisco 49ers receive two picks to repeat as NFC West division winners. That would be the 49ers' first back-to-back division win since they did it in 2011 and 2012. Both the Seahawks (2013 and 2014) and Rams (2017 and 2018) have done it more recently.
San Francisco 49ers Predictions 2020
ESPN: 10-6 (1st)
Sporting News: 9-7 (2nd)
USA Today: 12-4 (1st)
FanDuel Sportsbook Win Total: 10.5
Odds to Win the NFC West: -105
Seattle Seahawks Predictions 2020
ESPN: 9-7 (2nd)
Sporting News: 12-4 (1st)
USA Today: 9-7 (2nd)
FanDuel Sportsbook Win Total: 9.5
Odds to Win the NFC West: +230
Los Angeles Rams Predictions 2020
ESPN: 8-8 (3rd)
Sporting News: 8-8 (3rd)
USA Today: 6-10 (4th)
FanDuel Sportsbook Win Total: 8.5
Odds to Win the NFC West: +450
Arizona Cardinals Predictions 2020
ESPN: 7-9 (4th)
Sporting News: 8-8 (4th)
USA Today: 7-9 (3rd)
FanDuel Sportsbook Win Total: 7.5
Odds to Win the NFC West: +800
The experts seem to consider the NFC West one of the toughest divisions in football. Only one single expert picks any of the four teams to finish with fewer than 7 wins in 2020. There is, however, a fairly clear consensus on the pecking order in the division, with the 49ers in the lead followed by the Seahawks then the Rams with the Cardinals not far behind in fourth.
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