The class of the NFC West is still the same, with Seattle and San Francisco leading the way. Russell Wilson and Jimmy Garoppolo have their team's offenses in great form right now. I'm not as high on the Los Angeles Rams as others are, but they'll be in a new exciting building and have the focus of HBO's "Hard Knocks" on them and the Chargers. Finally, you've got the Cardinals, who continue to take steps with their young quarterback. Let's take a look at the division's win totals.
(Numbers from the Westgate Superbook)
Over 7.5 -105... Under 7.5 -115
Offense: I'm excited to see what happens with Kyler Murray in year two of Kliff Kingsbury's system. We'll see how much the head coach adjusts things now that teams have a full year of video on his offense. Chip Kelly's second year in Philadelphia was rough because he didn't make adjustments. The aerial attack got a major boost with DeAndre Hopkins coming over via trade with Houston. He's a legit No. 1 that will take pressure off Christian Kirk and Larry Fitzgerald. Kenyan Drake put up some good numbers last year after coming over from Miami. My question marks come on the offensive line which could use an upgrade.
Defense: I'm really excited to see how Isaiah Simmons gets used on defense. He was able to fill a lot of roles at Clemson. Jordan Phillips and De'Vondre Campbell were two other big-time additions that will add legitimacy to this side of the ball. Jordan Hicks was able to stay healthy, which he couldn't do in Philly, and he showed out big time with 150 tackles. Patrick Peterson and Robert Alford are a solid duo at corner, with Budda Baker being a good safety. The potential is there with Vance Joseph coordinating things.
Schedule Note: The Cardinals have three straight on the road and then host Seattle on a short week. There could be some issues for Arizona during that stretch in October.
Prediction: Lean to the over here, as I see eight wins.
Over 8.5 +120... Under 8.5 -140
Offense: Jared Goff was very disappointing last year, with just 22 touchdowns to 16 interceptions. We'll see what Sean McVay can do to revitalize the unit and the perception that he's an offensive genius. Todd Gurley is gone, so a committee of Malcolm Brown, Darrell Henderson Jr., Cam Akers, and John Kelly will have to replace him. Brandin Cooks is gone, but Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods are still there. They do have five rookies who could make a difference, but what can they do during this offseason. I look for tight end Tyler Higbee to be busy.
Defense: Salary cap issues ravaged this side of the ball with Dante Fowler Jr., Cory Littleton, Clay Matthews, and Nickell Robey-Coleman all departing while Eric Weddle retired. They do have Jalen Ramsey in the secondary and we know how good he can be. The problem comes on the other side where Troy Hill is among the many to try and be CB No. 2. I don't like their linebackers, although they did add Leonard Floyd, a former first-round pick who never panned out in Chicago. Aaron Donald, Michael Brockers, and A'Shawn Robinson make up one of the best defensive lines in football.
Schedule Note: Five of the team's first eight games are on the road. After the bye week, they play the Seahawks, Buccaneers, and 49ers in a row.
Prediction: The under here is my favorite play of all of them.
Over 10.5 -110... Under 10.5 -110
Offense: Kyle Shanahan designed a really good offense last year that was able to run the ball with success, even against stacked boxes. Jimmy Garoppolo was able to play well in the regular season, but wasn't asked to do much during the postseason. The 49ers drafted Brandon Aiyuk to help replace Emmanuel Sanders. Still, Deebo Samuel is the team's No. 1 wide receiver. George Kittle is among the best tight ends, and now Jordan Reed joins the fold. We know how good Reed can be if he stays healthy. The biggest addition is Trent Williams who makes this one of the best offensive lines in football.
Defense: Robert Saleh is back once again to coordinate this stout defense. The team did deal away DeForest Buckner, but the front line still has Nick Bosa, Arik Armstead, Dee Ford, and adds first-round pick Javon Kinlaw. Kerry Hyder adds some depth up front as well. The rest of this unit is intact with the strong linebacking corps of Fred Warner, Kwon Alexander, and Dre Greenlaw. The 49ers were No. 1 against the pass and one of the reasons why was Richard Sherman who played like his Legion of Boom days. The only possible weakness could be opposite Sherman, but there are some candidates that could step up.
Schedule Note: There is a stretch of four road games over a six-week span with a bye week in there. The road games are at New England, Seattle, New Orleans, and the Rams.
Prediction: I like the over here. 11 wins is a real possibility.
Over 9.5 +110... Under 9.5 -130
Offense: Russell Wilson has to be happy after the team made some key additions to the skill positions. We'll start at tight end where longtime Carolina Panther Greg Olsen signed in free agency, joining Will Dissly and Luke Willson as well as intriguing rookie Colby Parkinson. Out wide, Phillip Dorsett II provides an intriguing third option behind Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf who has a year under his belt. Carlos Hyde joins the crowded backfield with Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny, and DeeJay Dallas.
Defense: Just a few weeks ago, I had some questions about the team's secondary, but then they traded for Jamal Adams. He is very important because this defense relies on a strong safety in the mold of Kam Chancellor. Quandre Diggs is a sneaky addition from last year because he's good in the slot. Bruce Irvin is back for a second stint at edge rusher. Benson Mayowa is another new acquisition up front. The linebackers are really strong with K.J. Wright and Bobby Wagner.
Schedule Note: There's potential for a sleepy effort on Nov. 19 at home vs. Arizona. It comes four days after a road trip to Los Angeles to face the Rams and before a "Monday Night Football" tilt in Philadelphia.
Prediction: Over, especially at the plus price.
— Written by Matt Josephs, who is a part of the Athlon Sports Contributor Network. Follow him on Twitter @MidMajorMatt.
(Top photo by Rod Mar, courtesy of seahawks.com)