New odds out from Bovada don’t offer much hope for the 2017 Los Angeles Rams’ chances at winning the NFC or the NFC West:
2017 NFC Conference Odds
|Green Bay Packers||11/2|
|New York Giants||9/1|
|New Orleans Saints||16/1|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||18/1|
|Los Angeles Rams||66/1|
|San Francisco 49ers||100/1|
Yes, the two longest shots to win the NFC come out of the NFC West in the form of the Rams and San Francisco 49ers.
The odds for the division are pretty stark, predictably:
2017 NFC West Odds
|Los Angeles Rams||12/1|
|San Francisco 49ers||18/1|
While these odds don’t lend much to the optimist’s take on 2017, they are absolutes. These odds don’t preclude that the Rams could, say, win 8 games like Football Outsiders’ recent mean win projections suggest. Or that the team could play markedly better football in 2017 offering legitimate hope that HC Sean McVay can turn the franchise around within a three-year window. Or that Jared Goff could legitimately look like a competent NFL QB. All of these things could happen and the Rams could still not win the division or conference and it would still be “ok.”
As it stands, the 2017 season likely leaves the Rams looking up at things.