Bovada odds predict the Los Angeles Rams will finish third in the NFC West behind the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals for the 2017 season.
Thanks to an offseason filled with changes to the coaching staff along with more weapons for Jared Goff to work with, the Los Angeles Rams should be able to improve from last year’s disappointing 4-12, especially with Jeff Fisher officially out of the picture. Now that Sean McVay has officially taken over the responsibilities as head coach along with Goff already showing signs of improvement, the Rams will hopefully top their win mark from a year ago, but it’s a lot easier said than done.
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As much as Los Angeles fans would love to see their beloved team make the jump to becoming serious contenders, the reality is that could easily take a year or two to actually happen. Sure, the offense is showing signs of improvement thanks to the additions of players like Robert Woods in free agency and Cooper Kupp in the NFL Draft, but the Rams still have a lot to prove before they can make the leap into the contender category.
Not to mention, McVay’s squad also has to compete in the same division with two very talented teams in the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals, who could easily turn out to be two of the top teams in the NFC as well. When taking all of this into consideration, it’s no surprise to see Los Angeles currently sitting at 12/1 odds to win the NFC West title, which is third in the division.
On a positive note, at least the Rams are expected to finish ahead of the San Francisco 49ers, another team going through the rebuilding phase as well. After only winning two games all of last year, both of which happens to come against Los Angeles, San Francisco made the easy decision to part ways with Chip Kelly, and replace him with Kyle Shanahan as the new head coach instead.
Just like the Rams, it may take a year or two for the 49ers to get back into the contender conversation, but at least they seem to be heading in the right direction to give the Seahawks and Cardinals a run for their money down the road. Until then, it’s safe to say Los Angeles and San Francisco are right where they should be at this point in the offseason when it comes to the odds of winning the NFC West title in 2017.