2015 NFC West Odds & Predictions: Cardinals, Rams, 49ers, Seahawks

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If it wasn't for an ill-advised throw on the 1-yard line with just twenty seconds left, the Seattle Seahawks could have easily became back-to-back Super Bowl champions last year. Instead, the New England Patriots hoisted the Lombardi trophy for the fourth time since 2001. Although predictions have the Seahawks favored to win the hardware this season, Seattle will need to watch out for conference foes the Green Bay Packers not to mention a potential upset in their own division if the defense cannot fully recover from numerous injuries this off-season. That being said, the Seattle Seahawks are favored in 2015 NFC West odds to win at -275 followed closely by the Arizona Cardinals (+400), St. Louis Rams (+1000) and the San Francisco 49ers (+1200).

The Legion of Boom secondary is still recovering from last year's grueling effort with Kam Chancellor nursing a knee and groin injury not to mention is still holding out for a better contract. Richard Sherman opted not to undergo Tommy John surgery this off-season for an injured elbow while Earl Thomas did go under the knife to repair a torn labrum (shoulder). On the offensive side of the ball, Russell Wilson will be without a key figure on the line with center Max Unger being traded to the New Orleans Saints for TE Jimmy Graham. Doug Baldwin is penciled in as the Seahawks #1 wide receiver despite hauling in just 825-yards for 3-touchdown this season. And then there is Marshawn Lynch aka Beastmode. The bruising running back pounded his way to 1,306-yards last year but didn't have his number called when it mattered most last season. How will that effect his effort this year? We'll just have to wait and see.

2015 NFC West odds to win the division have the Arizona Cardinals listed as +400 favorites since going an impressive 11-5 straight up and against the spread albeit without a healthy quarterback. Carson Palmer was undefeated at 6-0 before suffering a torn ACL. The 35-year old will be entering his 13th season and will have a difficult time finding WR's Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald behind a questionable offense line which includes first round pick D.J. Humphries (Florida). The St. Louis Rams are still in a rebuilding phase having traded for QB Nick Foles (Eagles) and signing an injured RB Todd Gurley (Georgia) during the off-season. That being said, the pair could end up providing enough offense to surprise the other NFC West teams and give the Seahawks a run for the title.

RB Tre Mason will assume the rushing duties until Gurley is healthy while WR's Kenny Britt and Brian Quick will look to better last season's mark of just 6-touchdowns. Rounding out the division is the San Francisco 49ers who will have a new head coach in Jim Tomsula. QB Colin Kaepernick returns after throwing 3,369-yards for 19-touchdowns last season but gone is RB Frank Gore who was replaced in the back-field by Carlos Hyde. On paper, Kaepernick has a decent receiving squad with RB Reggie Bush, WR Anquan Boldin, Torrey Smith (Ravens) and TE Vernon Davis. On defense, coordinator Eric Mangini looks to utilize a 3-4 scheme with LB's Aldon Smith and Aaron Lynch anchoring the unit. Eric Reed will resume his position at safety with Antoine Bethea at free safety.

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