Odds to win the NFC West: 49ers close to locking it up
Brock Purdy has exceeded expectations for the 49ers. Photo by Tony Avelar/AP.

The NFC West has been one of the strongest divisions in the NFL in recent years, but the decline of the Los Angeles Rams has taken the teeth out of it.

The latest: The San Francisco 49ers have the best roster in the division and look surprisingly competent on offence with rookie Brock Purdy at the helm. The Seattle Seahawks have a chance if they win on Thursday Night Football, but they're a long shot at this point.

Here are the latest NFC West odds.

NFC West odds

Check out the latest odds to win the NFC West. Click linked odds to add selection to your betslip.

TeamOdds (Dec. 13)Odds (Dec. 5)
San Francisco 49ers-1,667-375
Seattle Seahawks+900+300

Odds as of 4:31 p.m. on 12/13/2022.

Best NFC West odds

The favourite: 49ers (-1,667)

The 49ers are one of the NFC's top teams, with plenty of blue-chip talent on both sides of the ball and a gifted offensive mind in Kyle Shanahan at the helm. The addition of Christian McCaffrey in a blockbuster trade made them even more dangerous.

If San Francisco can beat the Seahawks on Thursday Night Football, they'll clinch the division thanks to a three-game lead and a tiebreaker. If they lose, Seattle will be a game behind with three to go.

The 49ers would have to collapse to lose the NFC West division crown, and that's looking less likely with Purdy's strong performance in Week 14. The rookie has thrown just 67 NFL passes, but he's looked solid and posted a 134.0 passer rating in his first start.

He won't produce numbers like that consistently, but he won't have to excel down the stretch with the team's defence doing most of the heavy lifting. Through 13 games, the unit ranks second in the NFL in DVOA (-17.0%), according to Football Outsiders.

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Team to watch: Seahawks (+900)

While a 49ers division title is the far more likely scenario here, you could make a case for the Seahawks if you're confident in their chances on Thursday Night Football, where they have an opportunity to claw a game back in the standings and take away San Francisco's tiebreaker.

The best thing the Seahawks have going for them is Geno Smith. After years of serving as a backup, he's has been outstanding this season, leading the NFL in completion percentage (71.8%) and posting an elite 106.8 passer rating to match.

It's not hard to envision him outdueling Purdy, but the rookie just got the better of Tom Brady in Week 14. To survive in this race, Seattle will need a team effort.

That could be an issue as the Seahawks' running game has slowed down since Kenneth Walker III went down and its run defence is among the league's worst. Seattle has a couple of ball hawks in its secondary, but if the 49ers stick to the ground game its hopes of winning the NFC West could swiftly evaporate.

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