About a year and a half after playing in the Super Bowl, the Los Angeles Rams could easily end up finishing fourth in the NFC West, with little chance of improvement.
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Westgate sportsbook vice president of risk Ed Salmons expects the Chargers to regain their 2018 playoff form this season and top their win total of 8.
The 2019 second-round draft pick took over a team that was 3-8 last season and led Denver to a 4-1 finish to make a believer out of general manager John Elway.
The Chicago Bears fell from 12-4 and a division title in 2018 to 8-8 last season. If their offense doesn’t improve, they can expect the same results this season.
The Westgate’s Ed Salmons didn’t mince words in criticizing Bill O’Brien’s moves as a coach on the field and as a general manager in Houston.
Quarterback Kyler Murray, the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year last season, should be in a better situation this year with the Cardinals.
The Raiders took the fastest receiver in the NFL draft in Alabama’s Henry Ruggs, and all the pieces are in place for quarterback Derek Carr to have a career year.
Atlanta has the most difficult schedule based on opponents’ 2020 season win totals (138½) and fifth-toughest based on opponents’ 2019 win percentage (.525).
The Lions fell apart after Matthew Stafford was lost midway through last season, but the Westgate likes them to go over their win total of seven.
The Jets have the league’s second-toughest schedule based on opponents’ 2019 winning percentage (.533) and one of the toughest based on opponents’ 2020 season win totals.
The Giants finished 4-12 last season, but quarterback Daniel Jones showed promise. How he fares in a new offense will go a long way in determining their fate.
Miami finished strong last season, going 5-4 behind rookie coach Brian Flores and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and beating New England in the season finale.
The Westgate likes Cincinnati to go over its win total of 5½, so the sportsbook has shaded the over to -140 (+120 for the under).
Bookmakers said they expect former Baylor and Temple coach Matt Rhule to turn Carolina around, maybe as soon as this season.
Ron Rivera has had to deal with several off-field issues before his first training camp. The main question on the field is quarterback Dwayne Haskins.