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How NFC West betting odds changed following J.J. Watt signing with Cardinals

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It's been an eventful offseason already in the NFC West between the Rams trading for Matthew Stafford, Russell Wilson putting the Seahawks front office on blast and then Monday hit.

Three-time Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt announced he will sign with the Arizona Cardinals ensuring every defensive line Seattle plays within the division next season has multiple stellar pass rushers. 

Just what Russell Wilson wanted. 

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But, how does the move shake up the division title race?

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The ranking of each team's division title odds stayed in the same in PointsBet, the official sports betting partner of NBC Sports, with the Los Angeles Rams remaining the favorites followed by San Francisco, Seattle and Arizona. But, all but Arizona saw their odds decrease while the Cardinals saw a noticeable jump. 

  • Los Angeles Rams: +165 to +185
  • San Francisco 49ers: +200 to +275
  • Seattle Seahawks: +260 to +275
  • Arizona Cardinals: +700 to +575 

Seattle won the NFC West last season for the first time since 2016 but it resulted in a humiliating home playoff loss to division rival Los Angeles in the Wild Card round. Since 2004, the winner of the NFC West has won at least one playoff game every postseason but twice, including last season. 

 

Winning the divison heavily increases a team's chances of making a Super Bowl run, as only four NFC teams have ever qualified for the Super Bowl as a Wild Card team: the 1975 Dalas Cowboys, the 2008 New York Giants, the 2010 Green Bay Packers and the 2020 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

If Seattle wants to maximize Russell Wilson's prime and make the Jamal Adams trade worth it, the Seahaks must win the division in 2021. 

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