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Seahawks Pass 49ers as Favorites to Win NFC West

Max Staley
Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks are favored to win the division.
Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks are favored to win the division. / Abbie Parr/Getty Images
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The San Francisco 49ers have been decimated by injuries thus far. Stars like Nick Bosa, Jimmy Garoppolo, Raheem Mostert and Richard Sherman, to name a few, are all set to miss extended periods of time.

But the 49ers would still be in trouble even if they were fully healthy. The NFC West looks like the most talented division in football, featuring surprise contenders like the Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams. It's starting to look like none of those teams are the top dogs in the division, though, as that honor seemingly belongs to Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks.

In fact, the Seahawks are currently favored to win the NFC West at +170, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

This represents quite the shift. Seattle was available at +230 prior to the year, and San Francisco was favored to repeat as division champs (-105).

Of course, when your quarterback starts the season the way Wilson has, a significant shift in the odds shouldn't be too surprising.

The Seahawks QB has thrown 9 touchdowns to just 11 incompletions, completing 82.5 percent of his passes while leading the league with an outrageous 140.0 passer rating. He's currently favored to win the NFL MVP.

Seattle will get a chance to increase its lead over the NFC West with a Week 3 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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