Joe Nedney’s 40-yard field goal as time expired gave the San Francisco 49ers a three-point win over the Washington Redskins in Week 17 of the 2008 NFL season. With the loss, Washington finished 8-8 and failed to record their first back-to-back winning seasons since 1991-92. They also failed to make the NFC East the first division in NFL history with all teams finishing above .500.
It was the 13th instance since realignment in 2002 that all four teams within a division finished .500 or above. It hasn’t happened since then. And with a 17th game added to the NFL schedule, that feat now requires, barring a cancellation or tie, four nine-win, above-.500 teams.
Could the NFC West do it?
As of May 24, the NFC West leads all divisions in average win total (9.5) and is the only division with all four teams above 7.5 wins:
- Rams: 10
- 49ers: 10
- Seahawks (9.5)
- Cardinals (8.5)
The NFC West also leads all divisions in average Super Bowl odds (+2075) and is the only division with all four teams above +6600:
- Rams: +1100
- 49ers: +1200
- Seahawks: +2500
- Cardinals: +3500
Does presumed competitiveness in the NFC West make it the most entertaining division in the NFL for the 2021 season?
This week on High Motor by BetMGM, in a pre-summer NFL reset, we discussed the most entertaining and interesting divisions ahead of the 2021 season. Listen below or on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and everywhere else podcasts are available.