Are the 49ers a lock for the division crown again in 2020? We don't think so.Findbet continues our tour of NFL training camps as we approach the start of the NFL season. Let's take a look at the headlines coming out of the NFC West and make our record predictions for 2020.
Seattle's wide receiver room will look a bit different in 2020. AP Sports
The NFC West is one of the hardest divisions to predict this year. All four teams have improved and have the potential to be division champs, so expect the fight for this crown to go right down to the wire. Seattle gets the edge this year because of their late season trade for Jets safety Jamal Adams. He is one of the best safeties in the game and immediately gives that Seattle defense a lift. Russell Wilson will continue to be one of the most clutch quarterbacks in the game, and the emergence of DK Metcalf last year at wide receiver gives the Seahawks the edge over the 49ers this year in a tiebreaker. Josh Gordon and the team have agreed to a one year contract as he's been reinstated from suspension by the league and will look to carve out a role. Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde will be the primary backs as Rashaad Penny will start the year on the PUP list. This prediction was by far the hardest.
Prediction: 11-5 (Division Champ)
George Kittle will be a huge part of the 49ers offense this year. Bay Area News Group
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers were 15 minutes away from being Super Bowl Champs in February, but couldn't hold off a late charge from Patrick Mahomes & Co. The 49ers return most of the core that got them to the Super Bowl with an elite defense led by Nick Bosa and a potent offense managed by quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Running back Raheem Mostert will start the year atop the depth chart, and will look to pick up where he left off in the playoffs last season. The 49ers wide receiver situation is a little more bleak as Deebo Samuel will start the year injured which will put added pressure on first round pick, Brandon Aiyuk, to perform early. The 49ers will once again be a formidable opponent, and a deep run into the playoffs is not off the table for 2020.
Prediction: 11-5 (Wild Card)
The Rams Defense looks to rebound in 2020. Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
Los Angeles Rams
The Rams took a step back in 2019 after their Super Bowl loss to the Patriots. They struggled on offense and their defense wasn't as dominate as it had been in previous seasons. Jared Goff regressed from his stellar 2018 campaign, and Sean McVay seemed to have issues adapting to how teams were adjusting to his offensive scheme. The Rams, trying to rectify their salary cap issues, traded away Brandin Cooks to the Houston Texans and allowed longtime kicker, Greg Zuerlein, to sign with Dallas in the off season. Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey lead a defense that should help keep them competitive in games, but if Jared Goff doesn't return to his 2018 form, the Rams will miss the playoffs for the second year in a row. This division is just too tough.
Kyler Murray needs to continue to progress for the Cardinals this year. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Kyler Murray has one year of NFL experience under his belt and if the Cardinals plan on becoming a contender for the division crown in 2020, he will need to make a huge leap in his sophomore season. The Cardinals went out and traded for DeAndre Hopkins, shipping running back David Johnson back to the Houston Texans. Hopkins joins a wide receiver room that already included Christian Kirk and Larry Fitzgerald. Kenyan Drake returns after signing his transition tag and will be the starter with promising backup, Chase Edmonds, behind him on the depth chart. The defense gets an infusion of talent with the addition of Clemson star linebacker, Isaiah Simmons, who could be an elite play maker right out of the gate. This division is just too competitive this year to see the Cardinals finishing any higher than 8-8. The future is bright, and this team has all the tools to make some noise in the coming seasons.
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Last week we bet big on the Pack and Aaron Rodgers going off on the Rams D, and oh boy did it ever pay off.
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Aaron Rodgers soared high above his over/under for yards, while easily slicing and dicing up the Los Angeles defenders. Aaron Donald was just below his usual, healthy, game-wrecking self, and it definitely makes you think this one would've been closer had he been 100%. It also has to make you wonder what's wrong with the Seattle Seahawks. How have they managed to waste Russell Wilson this badly? At least, they have their eyes on a bright future for him. Yikes.
The Bills came through in a big way against the Baltimore Ravens, but not how anyone had predicted. Defense was the name of the game when anyone with an All-22 subscription was calling for a shootout of epic proportions. Sure, I lost on a couple special overs that had this game getting into the sixties, but Josh Allen still brought me to the promised land of profits.
Each Friday, FindBet will preview the week's DFS slate, highlighting players that are priced well on DFS sites, as well as some contrarian plays that can push your team to the top of the leader board.
Most NFL DFS games have you putting a team together with players from a certain slate of games. It could be just Sunday 1:00 PM games, or it could be every game that is slated for the week. Once the last game that has eligible players is over, the final payouts are made according to how many fantasy points each team scored. Each player is worth a certain dollar amount, and you have a cap of $60,000 to build your team with. You have to have 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 FLEX (RB, WR, or TE) and 1 DEF.
The general scoring rules include (6) points for each rushing and receiving touchdown, (4) points for each passing touchdown, (0.1) points for each rushing and receiving yard gained, (0.04) points for each passing yard, and also (0.5) points for each reception. There are other scoring opportunities for defenses. Let's take a look at players we like in the first round of the NFL playoffs this weekend.
Sunday's NFL Playoff action featured six teams who don't like each other at all.
All these games were played between teams who had played each other at least once during the regular season. If you thought those games in the regular season were intense, Sunday's playoff matchups upped the stakes even more.
The Chicago Bears even replicated a dubious feat from their regular season matchup, as one of their wide receiver Anthony Miller was ejected after throwing a punch at C.J. Gardner-Johnson. The New Orleans cornerback also got into the head of Chicago wide receiver Javon Wims in the November matchup, causing Wims to get ejected in that game after he threw a punch at Gardner-Johnson.