The Los Angeles Rams may be favored to win the NFC West in 2018. But let’s take a look at 10 reasons why the San Francisco 49ers wind up pulling off this accolade this season.
Yes, the San Francisco 49ers could win the NFC West in 2018.
This would stand in contrast to the idea the reloaded and bulked-up Los Angeles Rams should take home the division. One top-betting odds site has L.A. minus-130 favorites to return as division champs this season. And based off the Rams’ 11-5 finish last year, quarterback Jared Goff’s maturation, running back Todd Gurley’s MVP-like year and a slew of talent added this offseason, it’s not hard to understand why.
But what if the Niners pull off an upset? What would it take to make that happen?
It’s not as far-fetched as you might think. There’s a reason why other odds makers have the 49ers strongly in a playoff hunt. And it’s not just quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and the five-game win streak he helped San Francisco engineer at the end of last season.
Yet it’s fully reasonable to see the 49ers actually overtake the Rams this upcoming season. Not saying that will be easy or even likely. Instead, there’s a chance of it happening. And a good one.
So what would it take for San Francisco to pull off this oh-so difficult task in 2018?
If the Niners do so, here are 10 reasons why.