Oddsmakers crown Seahawks, declare NFC West race over

BookMaker.eu has stopped taking bets on the NFC West winner as it attempts to minimize losses on the Seahawks. With a 40-7 win Sunday night, Seattle maintained a three-game lead with four to play.

 

The NFC West race is over, according to one major sportsbook.

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BookMaker.eu has stopped taking bets on who'll win the NFC West, saying it does not want to lose any more money on the Seahawks. Seattle (8-3-1) leads the division over Arizona (5-6-1) by three games with four to play.

The NFC West is the second division taken off the board by BookMaker. Earlier, the book closed betting on the AFC East to avoid further Patriots' liability.

"These division futures weren't as one-sided as the AFC East, but in the end we'll still end up losing if Seattle claims the title," BookMaker spokesman Scott Cooley told SportsLine.

Following their 40-7 thrashing of Carolina on Sunday night, the Seahawks have all but locked up their second straight division crown and third in the past five years.

Before the season, Seattle was a 5/6 favorite, followed closely by Arizona at 5/4. The Rams were 10/1 and the 49ers 30/1.

The Seahawks are laying 2.5 or 3 points for Sunday's visit to Green Bay.

A former lead writer for Covers and The Linemakers, Larry combines a vast network of Vegas and offshore sources with an analytical approach he honed during his years working for Pro Football Focus. Larry specializes in the NFL. In 2015 he went 35-25-2 (58 percent) on NFL game picks, 3-1 on season win total plays and 4-1 on Super Bowl props. Larry correctly predicted Joe Philbin would be the first NFL coach fired -- at 15/1 odds -- and even nailed the week he'd be dismissed.