This marks the first time this season that San Francisco has had the worst odds in the division, with Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, and Seattle Seahawks all being given better chances by the sportsbooks.
This is in stark contrast to the odds they were given on the eve of the season; Kyle Shanahan’s men enjoyed a highly impressive season last year and were installed as frontrunners to win the division again this time around with odds of +105, which, put simply, suggested a 48.78% likelihood.
However, after going down 24-20 to the Cardinals in their first game, their odds have got worse and worse with each passing week – despite a Week 2 win against New York Jets – and they now sit at the bottom of the pile.
Oddschecker spokesperson Pete Watt: “As the graphic outlines, the Seahawks began the year as second-favorites but have seized the initiative, going 5-0 for the first time in franchise history to run some salt in San Francisco’s wounds.”
“The NFC West appeared to be one of the most competitive divisions in the league in pre-season, with the 49ers expected to be going toe-to-toe with the Seahawks.”
“However, so far it is looking like Los Angeles will provide the greatest competition to Seattle – but it’s not over until it’s over, and there will be some optimistic Niners fans who fancy a wager on San Francisco to turn it around at odds of +1500.”