[ODDS_LISTING league=’NFL Football’]
|EXPERT MLB PICKS||EXPERT NBA PICKS||HANDICAPPER RANKINGS|
Whereas the AFC is a top heavy conference with some entrants well off of the pace, the NFC clearly has a ton of teams which can contend with the best and the brightest that the conference has to offer. We’ll go through a number of the contenders here today, including the defending Super Bowl champs.
Seattle Seahawks (+320) – The champs are back, and it’s hard to argue with them as the favorites on the odds to win the NFC. QB Russell Wilson and RB Marshawn Lynch should once again lead a good offense, and the defense remains out of this world in spite of the fact that DE Red Bryant has left the club. That said, there are still a number of hurdles which have to be cleared, not the least of which is the fact that these guys still share the same division with the…
San Francisco 49ers (+400) – The difference between the 49ers and the Seahawks is that we believe the Niners know how to better go on the road and win their biggest games. We still question the Seahawks just a tiny bit from that standpoint though they certainly made some waves in that department last season. QB Colin Kaepernick proved last year that he can do the job, and he was a few fractions away from beating the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field in front of the 12th Man. This defense remains spectacular as well, and the depth that the franchise has is borderline insane, perhaps even better than that of Seattle.
Green Bay Packers (+650) – The story that was the NFC might have read much differently a year ago had QB Aaron Rodgers been healthy for the full season. Rodgers is back and ready to go, and if he can avoid the bugaboo of the 49ers in the playoffs, he could very well have a shot to bring his team back to a Super Bowl level. Playing at Lambeau Field is always tough for the opposition, and though the Packers haven’t been flawless there in the playoffs in recent years, that home field advantage is often too much for NFC West and NFC South teams to overcome.
SOLID ROI PICKS
New Orleans Saints (+1000) – QB Drew Brees is never one to be counted out. Mother Nature got the best of him and his Saints last year against the Panthers, and that’s probably why New Orleans wasn’t a bigger threat to win the Super Bowl. The defense still has some definite holes, but between these receivers and Brees, there is no such thing as a team which the Saints can’t outscore.
Philadelphia Eagles (+1400) – It’s probably not all that shocking that there isn’t a team in the NFC East which is better than 14 to 1 to win the NFC, but the Eagles have a real chance. Head Coach Chip Kelly made a massive difference in Year 1 instilling his fast-paced sets on the offensive side of the ball, and he is only going to be getting better and better the more pieces he has to the puzzle which can help. Sure, WR DeSean Jackson is gone, but WR Jeremy Maclin didn’t play last season, and he should step into that burner role right away, too. It’s all on QB Nick Foles to prove that he can continue to lead this club, but this is a bet more on Kelly and less on Foles.
Odds To Win 2015 NFC Championship:
Seattle Seahawks 15/4
San Francisco 49ers 4/1
Green Bay Packers 7/1
New Orleans Saints 8/1
Chicago Bears 10/1
Philadelphia Eagles 14/1
Atlanta Falcons 16/1
Carolina Panthers 16/1
Detroit Lions 18/1
Arizona Cardinals 22/1
New York Giants 25/1
St. Louis Rams 25/1
Dallas Cowboys 28/1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 28/1
Washington Redskins 28/1
Minnesota Vikings 33/1