FOXBet needs to hire new oddsmakers.
Last week, the website came out with its latest edition of NFC odds, and they are... questionable to say the least.
Having the Buccaneers and the Rams at the top makes sense. The Buccaneers are the defending champs, after all, and have a pretty similar team to the one that embarrassed Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs in the Super Bowl. The Rams, meanwhile, still have one of the best defenses in the NFL, and made an upgrade at quarterback during the offseason (although how much of an upgrade it was is certainly up for debate).
The Cowboys’ odds are somewhat fair, given the promise their offense showed before Prescott’s injury, although I’d probably put them below Seattle. The Packers’ odds, meanwhile, are somewhere in between where they would be with or without Rodgers, so +800 is reasonable, considering not too much is known about his future at this time. Where this list is patently absurd is at the #3 spot.
The part of this list that is disgustingly wrong is the Niners being +650. Giving them odds nearly twice as good as Seattle’s with a quarterback who has never played in the NFL (or Jimmy Garoppolo) and a defense without DeForest Buckner, Kwon Alexander, or (potentially) Richard Sherman is wholly detached from reality. The Niners have an excellent coach in Kyle Shanahan, but the idea that the team will be as good as it was two years ago when it made the Super Bowl makes no sense whatsoever. It is, quite literally, not the same team, not to mention the fact that they also have a number of key players coming off of injuries. Sure, anything can happen, but you’d have to be a severely deluded 49ers fan to take them to win the NFC at anything better than +1500.