- Updated win totals are available for all 16 teams in the NFC
- The 49ers (10.5) and Saints (10.5) have the highest win totals in the conference
- Carolina (5.5) and Washington (5.5) are expected to be among the worst teams in the NFL in 2020
The Cardinals and Buccaneers saw their win totals jump up two games (to 7.5 wins and 9.5 wins, respectively) after landing star players in DeAndre Hopkins and Tom Brady, but those are only two of the many shifts we’ve seen to the NFC Win Totals since we last checked in.
After providing a few of our best bets in the AFC on Monday, let’s examine the movement in the National Football Conference and offer some over/under calls that will make you money.
2020 NFC WIN TOTALS
|NFC Team||Regular-Season Win Totals||Over Odds||Under Odds|
|Green Bay Packers||9.0||+105||-135|
|Los Angeles Rams||8.5||+110||-145|
|New Orleans Saints||10.5||-115||-115|
|New York Giants||6.5||+130||-170|
|San Francisco 49ers||10.5||-110||-120|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||9.5||-115||-115|
|Washington Football Team||5.5||-110||-120|
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: UNDER 10.5 WINS
Kyle Shanahan is among the top offensive minds in the game, but don’t let his playcalling wizardry blind you to the fact that San Francisco’s skill-position talent is thin after the offseason exodus of Emmanuel Sanders and injuries to sophomore receivers Deebo Samuel and Jalen Hurd.
New contracts for star tight end George Kittle and running back Raheem Mostert, along with the healthy return of Jerick McKinnon, should ensure that the Shanahan-family run game is as dangerous as ever, but it’s fair to question how good Jimmy Garoppolo really is after his coaching staff schemed around him throughout the playoffs.
“That’s why he’s further ahead than a lot of rookies would be at this time.”
— 49ers on NBCS (@NBCS49ers) August 16, 2020
While the team drafted defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw in the first round, Robert Saleh’s defense will likely regress after the trade of DeForest Buckner, especially when you factor in their questionable secondary led by an aging Richard Sherman, who still may be in the burn unit after Sammy Watkins toasted him in Super Bowl 54.
When you factor in last year’s gutting loss to the Chiefs and a slate of strong divisional opponents in the Cardinals (7.5 win total), Rams (8.5) and Seahawks (9.5), it’s hard to see San Francisco winning 11 games. Take the UNDER.
WASHINGTON – OVER 5.5 WINS
The best case for Washington is that Bruce Allen’s reign of terror is mercifully over after he presided over a bottom-five organization (.387 winning percentage) since arriving in 2010. In his place is the professional and workmanlike Ron Rivera, who compiled an impressive 76–63–1 (. 546) record in nine seasons with the Panthers.
Rivera is a defensive coach who should be able to build a shutdown defense around No. 2 overall pick Chase Young and a trifecta of other former first-round picks on the defensive line, including Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne and Montez Sweat.
Terry McLaurin says Odell Beckham Jr. asked him for tips this summer https://t.co/b2O1m44coG
— Washington Wire (@Washington_Wire) August 13, 2020
The offensive side of the ball is a much bigger question mark, with the unproven Dwayne Haskins and the miraculously-recovered Alex Smith under center. However, new offensive coordinator Scott Turner has a strong resume to date, and should be able to scheme sophomore wideout Terry McLaurin and fantasy-sleeper Antonio Gibson open for some big gains.
While this is certainly no playoff team, Washington should be good for six or seven wins as they continue their transformation from league laughing stock to just another mediocre football team in the NFL’s mid-tier.