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2020 NFL Division Preview: NFC West

2020 NFL Division Preview: NFC West

Our division previews for the 2020 NFL season continue today as we move through the NFC! The NFC West is shaping up to be one of the stronger divisions in the league this season and we are excited to run through our preview for all four teams! 

Remember, you can check out our other NFL season previews by clicking any of the links below. 

– NFL Outright Betting Picks
– AFC East Preview
– AFC North Preview
– AFC West Preview
– AFC South Preview
– NFC East Preview
– NFC South Preview
– NFC West Preview

2020 NFC West Division Preview

The San Francisco 49ers took out the NFC West last year and carried the momentum into the playoffs, making a run all the way to the Super Bowl where they were eventually defeated by the Chiefs. The 49ers and Seahawks are shaping up to be strong once again in 2020 while the Arizona Cardinals should also improve.

Will the 49ers go one step further in 2020 and win the Super Bowl? Or will the Seahawks regain their NFC dominance under Russel Wilson and win their first division title since 2016?

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Arizona Cardinals

Win Total Over/Under via DraftKings Sportsbook

Over 7 (-130)
Under 7 (+107)

The Cardinals will have big hopes about the 2020 season. With another year of experience under the belt of rising star QB Kyler Murray and some exciting additions in the off-season, many are expecting them to jump off the bottom of the AFC West table, where they have spent the last few seasons. 

Arizona won just five games last season but finished the yeah in a flurry, winning two of their last three games, both good wins over the Seahawks and Browns. Things are certainly looking up for the Cards. 

Notable Arrivals: WR DeAndre Hopkins, DT Jordan Phillips, LB Devon Kennard
Notable Departures: RB David Johnson, DT Rodney Gunter

Fresh scenery for star receiver DeAndre Hopkins will hopefully revitalise the former Texan, who struggled through last year despite Houston making the playoffs. The Cardinals also added key pieces in Isaiah Simmons and Josh Jones through the draft while keeping breakout running back Kenyan Drake. 

2020 Arizona Cardinals Schedule

DateOpponentTime/TV
Sunday Sep. 13at San Francisco 49ersLevi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA4:25pm ETFOX
Sunday Sep. 20Washington RedskinsState Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ4:05pm ETFOX
Sunday Sep. 27Detroit LionsState Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ4:25pm ETFOX
Sunday Oct. 4at Carolina PanthersBank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC1:00pm ETFOX
Sunday Oct. 11NY Jetsat New York JetsMetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ1:00pm ETFOX
Monday Oct. 19at Dallas CowboysAT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX8:15pm ETESPN
Sunday Oct. 25Seattle SeahawksState Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ4:05pm ETFOX
Sunday Nov. 1BYE
Sunday Nov. 8Miami DolphinsState Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ4:25pm ETCBS
Sunday Nov. 15Buffalo BillsState Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ4:05pm ETCBS
Thursday Nov. 19at Seattle SeahawksCenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA8:20pm ETFOX/NFLN/Amazon
Sunday Nov. 29at New England PatriotsGillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA1:00pm ETFOX
Sunday Dec. 6Los Angeles RamsState Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ4:05pm ETFOX
Sunday Dec. 13at New York GiantsMetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ1:00pm ETFOX
Sunday Dec. 20Philadelphia EaglesState Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ4:05pm ETFOX
Sunday Dec. 27San Francisco 49ersState Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZTime TBA ETor Sat. Dec. 26
Sunday Jan. 3at Los Angeles RamsSoFi Stadium, Inglewood, CA4:25pm ETFOX

There are winnable games all over the Cardinals schedule this season, they just need to get past a tough opening stretch that sees them on the road four times in the first six weeks. Inter-conference games against the AFC East minnows in the Dolphins and Jets is a win while they also face the Redskins, Lions and Giants within their conference. 

Prediction

Record: 7-9

The bookmakers have set the Cardinals line at 7 and we think that is right on the money. Four games against the 49ers and Seahawks isn’t ideal. The Cardinals will likely go 4-2 in the division but can make up for it with easier games in the rest of their schedule. If we had to lean one way we would give them a slight under but we are staying away from this one. 

Los Angeles Rams

Win Total Over/Under via DraftKings Sportsbook

Over 8 (-125)
Under 8 (+103)

It seems as though the Rams dominance of the NFC West was short lived. After winning back to back titles in 2017 and 2018, they slid to third in the division  after a really disappointing season in 2019 and will be up against it once again this year. 

There are question marks all over the field for the Rams. Will they miss the production of star skill position players Todd Gurley and Brandin Cooks? Is their offensive line capable of protecting the quarterback? Is Jared Goff even worth protecting?

Notable Arrivals: OLB Leonard Floyd, DT A’Shawn Robinson
Notable Departures: DE Dante Fowler, LB Cory Littleton, LB Clay Matthews, RB Todd Gurley

The loss of Gurley could be massive. They have relied on him for offensive production for years but they have also relied on him to keep defenses mind on the run. Without him, Goff will have so much pressure to make plays, something he has struggled to do in big moments. 

2020 Los Angeles Rams Schedule

Date OpponentTime/TV 
Sunday
Sep. 13
Dallas CowboysSoFi Stadium, Inglewood, CA8:20pm ETNBC 
Sunday
Sep. 20
at Philadelphia EaglesLincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA1:00pm ETFOX 
Sunday
Sep. 27
at Buffalo BillsNew Era Field, Orchard Park, NY1:00pm ETFOX 
Sunday
Oct. 4
New York GiantsSoFi Stadium, Inglewood, CA4:05pm ETFOX 
Sunday
Oct. 11
at Washington RedskinsFedExField, Landover, MD1:00pm ETFOX 
Sunday
Oct. 18
at San Francisco 49ersLevi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA8:20pm ETNBC 
Monday
Oct. 26
Chicago BearsSoFi Stadium, Inglewood, CA8:15pm ETESPN 
Sunday
Nov. 1
at Miami DolphinsHard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL1:00pm ETFOX 
Sunday
Nov. 8
 BYE  
Sunday
Nov. 15
Seattle SeahawksSoFi Stadium, Inglewood, CA4:25pm ETFOX 
Monday
Nov. 23
at Tampa Bay BuccaneersRaymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL8:15pm ETESPN 
Sunday
Nov. 29
San Francisco 49ersSoFi Stadium, Inglewood, CA4:05pm ETFOX 
Sunday
Dec. 6
at Arizona CardinalsState Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ4:05pm ETFOX 
Thursday
Dec. 10
New England PatriotsSoFi Stadium, Inglewood, CA8:20pm ETFOX/NFLN/Amazon 
Sunday
Dec. 20
NY JetsNew York JetsSoFi Stadium, Inglewood, CATime TBA ETor Sat. Dec. 19 
Sunday
Dec. 27
at Seattle SeahawksCenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA4:05pm ETCBS 
Sunday
Jan. 3
Arizona CardinalsSoFi Stadium, Inglewood, CA4:25pm ETFOX 

Dallas in the season opener at home followed by trips to Philadlephia and Buffalo in the next two weeks is a horror start to the season. It gets easier through the middle section of the year but their run home is another tough stretch, with games against the Seahawks, Bucs, 49ers, Patriots and the Seahawks again within the last 8 Weeks. Ooft. 

Prediction

Record: 6-10

There are just too many question marks for the Rams this season, on both offence and defense. They still have a few playmakers on both sides of the ball but in the last few years they have had such a high turnover of their roster that we just don’t expect much out of them thi season, especially with a really tough schedule. We think they go well under 8 wins here. 

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San Francisco 49ers

Win Total Over/Under via DraftKings Sportsbook

Over 10.5 (-110)
Under 10.5 (-110)

The 49ers made a miraculous run to the Super Bowl last season after many were questioning whether they were even a playoff team before the season begun. They ultimately went down to the Chiefs in the big dance, but with the same core coming back in 2020, they look primed to make another run to the playoffs. 

San Francisco has an extremely young core of players, so they’ll be relying on natural progression to take the next step. That being said, they did add some key pieces through free agency and the draft in the off-season. 

Notable Arrivals: WR Travis Benjamin, LT Trent Williams
Notable Departures: DT DeForest Buckner, WR Emmanuel Sanders, DT Sheldon Day

Travis Benjamin will slot straight into the hole left by Emmanuel Sanders while the addition of left tackle Trent Williams will bolster an offensive line that was already one of the best in the league. The 49ers also added two first-round picks in DT Javon Kinlaw and WR Brandon Aiyuk.

2020 San Francisco 49ers Schedule

Date OpponentTime/TV 
Sunday
Sep. 13
Arizona CardinalsLevi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA4:25pm ETFOX 
Sunday
Sep. 20
NY Jetsat New York JetsMetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ1:00pm ETFOX 
Sunday
Sep. 27
at New York GiantsMetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ1:00pm ETFOX 
Sunday
Oct. 4
Philadelphia EaglesLevi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA8:20pm ETNBC 
Sunday
Oct. 11
Miami DolphinsLevi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA4:05pm ETFOX 
Sunday
Oct. 18
Los Angeles RamsLevi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA8:20pm ETNBC 
Sunday
Oct. 25
at New England PatriotsGillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA4:25pm ETCBS 
Sunday
Nov. 1
at Seattle SeahawksCenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA4:25pm ETFOX 
Thursday
Nov. 5
Green Bay PackersLevi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA8:20pm ETFOX/NFLN/Amazon 
Sunday
Nov. 15
at New Orleans SaintsMercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA4:25pm ETFOX 
Sunday
Nov. 22
 BYE  
Sunday
Nov. 29
at Los Angeles RamsSoFi Stadium, Inglewood, CA4:05pm ETFOX 
Monday
Dec. 7
Buffalo BillsLevi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA8:15pm ETESPN 
Sunday
Dec. 13
Washington RedskinsLevi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA4:25pm ETFOX 
Sunday
Dec. 20
at Dallas CowboysAT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX8:20pm ETNBC 
Sunday
Dec. 27
at Arizona CardinalsState Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZTime TBA ETor Sat. Dec. 26 
Sunday
Jan. 3
Seattle SeahawksLevi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA4:25pm ETFOX 

Overall it looks a pretty good schedule for the 49ers. With really winnable games against the Cardinals, Jets, Giants, Eagles, Dolphins and Rams in the first six weeksthey could easily be 6-0. The test will come in Week 8, when they face the Seahawks, Packers and Saints in back to back weeks. 

Prediction

Record: 11-5

Should be another strong year for the 49ers. We expect them to take a small step back as the better defenses in the league begin to dicepher their elite run game but with a schedule that should see them 6-1 after the first seven weeks, they can afford to drop a few to the tougher teams in the middle section. Should rack up double digit wins and clear the 10.5 win total. 

Seattle Seahawks

Win Total Over/Under via DraftKings Sportsbook

Over 9.5 (+110)
Under 9.5 (-134)

Another solid year for the Seahawks and another trip to the playoffs in 2019 despite many having written them off at the start of the season. There is no doubt that this team will continue to go as far as quarterback Russel Wilson leads them, but at this stage, he shows no sign of slowing down after another MVP calibre season last year. 

Wilson will have to cover up for a sub-par offensive line once again, but he relishes in those situations. More importantly, the Seahawks will need their two running backs, Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny to recover from injuries. 

Notable Arrivals: DE Bruce Irvin, CB Quinton Dunbar, RT Brandon Shell, C B.J. Finney
Notable Departures: OT George Fant, DE Quinton Jefferson, RT Germain Ifedi

At this stage, the future of DE Jadeveon Clowney is still up in the air, and the Seahawks priority should be keeping the young star. The Seattle defence will be strong again this year, but with Clowney they have the potential to be elite. 

2020 Seattle Seahawks Schedule

Date OpponentTime/TV 
Sunday
Sep. 13
Atlanta Falconsat Atlanta FalconsMercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA1:00pm ETFOX 
Sunday
Sep. 20
New England PatriotsCenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA8:20pm ETNBC 
Sunday
Sep. 27
Dallas CowboysCenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA4:25pm ETFOX 
Sunday
Oct. 4
at Miami DolphinsHard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL1:00pm ETFOX 
Sunday
Oct. 11
Minnesota VikingsCenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA8:20pm ETNBC 
Sunday
Oct. 18
 BYE  
Sunday
Oct. 25
at Arizona CardinalsState Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ4:05pm ETFOX 
Sunday
Nov. 1
San Francisco 49ersCenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA4:25pm ETFOX 
Sunday
Nov. 8
at Buffalo BillsNew Era Field, Orchard Park, NY1:00pm ETFOX 
Sunday
Nov. 15
at Los Angeles RamsSoFi Stadium, Inglewood, CA4:25pm ETFOX 
Thursday
Nov. 19
Arizona CardinalsCenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA8:20pm ETFOX/NFLN/Amazon 
Monday
Nov. 30
at Philadelphia EaglesLincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA8:15pm ETESPN 
Sunday
Dec. 6
New York GiantsCenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA4:05pm ETFOX 
Sunday
Dec. 13
NY JetsNew York JetsCenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA4:05pm ETCBS 
Sunday
Dec. 20
at Washington RedskinsFedExField, Landover, MD1:00pm ETFOX 
Sunday
Dec. 27
Los Angeles RamsCenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA4:05pm ETCBS 
Sunday
Jan. 3
at San Francisco 49ersLevi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA4:25pm ETFOX 

The Seahawks will be racking up the most travelling time in the league this season at over 29,000 miles. It doesn’t bode well for the ageing team and particularly their quarterback. A tough three game stretch at the start of the season includes a cross country trip to Atlanta followed by home games against the Patriots and Cowboys.

Prediction

Record: 9-7

The Seahawks went 11-5 last season but we have them dropping a few games due to an improved NFC and a tough schedule. They should end the season in a flurry with games against the Giants, Jets, Redskins and Rams in back to back weeks. Not by much, but they should just go under. 

NFC West Division Winner

Tough to look past the 49ers to win this division this year. At just -106, they represent real value, especially after going all the way to the Super Bowl last season. They should only get better with natural progression of young players plus the addition of some key draft picks. 

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