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Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Around the NFC West: What are the odds?

By Mike Sando


The San Francisco 49ers might have been second in ESPN's latest NFL Power Rankings, but oddsmakers are picking them to win it all this season.

The 49ers come in at 6-1, followed by the Denver Broncos (15-2), New England Patriots (8-1), Seattle Seahawks (9-1) and Atlanta Falcons (12-1).

The St. Louis Rams are at 60-1, with the Arizona Cardinals among the longer shots at 100-1.

Oddsmakers' primary goal is to make money, not necessarily to rank teams with 100 percent accuracy. The odds set for each team reflect a number oddsmakers hope will generate a roughly equal amount of betting on each side. That is the case when oddsmakers set point spreads as well.

"Divided action means the sportsbook is guaranteed a profit on the game because of the fee charged to the bettor," pregame.com explains.

Not that most of us care about the details. We want to know who is favored, and right now, that team is the 49ers.