I honestly miss wagering on the NFL a lot, and it’s the right time for some early bets and predictions. The NFL Draft has just finished, while the full schedule for the new season will be announced on May 9.
Therefore, I have shown you the latest Super Bowl LV winner odds and my AFC division predictions. Now, I take a closer look at the National Football League to give you some betting tips along with predictions and latest winner odds for each division.
NFC Championship Winner Odds
- San Francisco 49ers +375
- New Orleans Saints +550
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers +550
- Philadelphia Eagles +850
- Green Bay Packers +850
- Dallas Cowboys +850
- Seattle Seahawks +1000
- Los Angeles Rams +1200
- Minnesota Vikings +1200
- Chicago Bears +1800
- Atlanta Falcons +2000
- Arizona Cardinals +2500
- New York Giants +4000
- Detroit Lions +4000
- Carolina Panthers +4500
- Washington Redskins +5000
- Dallas Cowboys (+115)
- Philadelphia Eagles (+125)
- New York Giants (+800)
- Washington Redskins (+1000)
The Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles will continue their battle in 2020 and won’t be jeopardized by the New York Giants or Washington Redskins. Last year, we saw a thrilling race won by the 9-7 Eagles. The Cowboys went 8-8 and finished second, although they were leading the NFC East for most of the season.
The Cowboys are undoubtedly my first pick here. They finally got rid of Jason Garrett, hiring Mike McCarthy as a new head coach. Dak Prescott signed a new contract and will continue to drive the Cowboys’ offense along with Ezekiel Elliott, while Dallas’ offensive line remains one of the best in the NFL.
Furthermore, the Cowboys drafted CeeDee Lamb, who will join Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup as another quality option for Dak Prescott. Dallas’ defense was 11th in the league in points allowed per game last season (20.1), and the Cowboys still have room to grow on the defensive end.
On the other side, the Eagles will continue to lean on Carson Wentz, but their receiving corps desperately needs some fresh blood. The Eagles drafted Jalen Reagor in the first round, and the former TCU Horned Frog could become the leading wide receiver in Philadelphia.
However, Wentz turned out to be injury-prone, so I don’t believe in this Philadelphia team. In 2019, the Eagles struggled with injuries all season long and still won the division crown. Still, they were easily beaten by the Seahawks 17-9 in the wild-card round.
The Giants and Redskins will try to do a better job than they did in 2019, but I would be surprised if one of these two teams wins more than five games in 2020. The Redskins are a complete mess, while Joe Judge will try to make the Giants a solid team.
After exploding in his rookie season, Saquon Barkley had a mediocre 2019 season. I expect him to bounce back this term and lead the Giants to the third spot of the NFC East standings.
- Minnesota Vikings (+160)
- Green Bay Packers (+140)
- Chicago Bears (+400)
- Detroit Lions (+750)
The 13-3 Green Bay Packers dominated the NFC North in 2019 and are a strong contender to retain the title. However, it’s still unknown if the 36-year-old Aaron Rodgers will remain the Packers’ quarterback, although many sources claim he will stay in Green Bay.
The Packers decided to draft Jordan Love in the first round, looking for the former Utah State QB to replace Rodgers at some point in the future. Rodgers desperately needed a wide receiver at the draft class full of great prospects, but the Packers decided to pick up Love, who tossed for 3402 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions in his final year with the Aggies.
I’m not sure how this will affect the chemistry in the Packers’ locker room. Does Rodgers want to stay in Wisconsin after his team missed a chance to bring him some great help? Besides Davante Adams, the Packers don’t have a proper WR who can lead this team to the glory.
Therefore, I would go with the Minnesota Vikings to win the NFC North this term. They went 10-6 last year and upset the New Orleans Saints 26-20 in the wild-card round before losing to the San Francisco 49ers 27-10.
The Vikings lost Stefon Diggs, but rookie Justin Jefferson will join Adam Thielen, so Kirk Cousins will have a couple of quality options. Dalvin Cook ran for 1135 yards and 13 touchdowns last season and will be the key player for the Vikings’ offense. On the other side of the ball, the Vikings have been among the best teams in the league over the last few years.
Still, I expect to see a thrilling battle in the NFC North, as the Chicago Bears could easily join the race. The Bears acquired Nick Foles, who will be ready to step up if Mitchell Trubisky continues to struggle. They also signed Ted Ginn Jr. and Jimmy Graham, while the Bears’ defense should be one of the best in the NFL once again.
The Detroit Lions should remain the worst team in this division. Their ground game is a big issue, as well as their defensive unit. The Lions are dangerous through the air but will need major improvements in all other aspects of the game.
- New Orleans Saints (+100)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+130)
- Atlanta Falcons (+700)
- Carolina Panthers (+1800)
The New Orleans Saints will search for their fourth straight division title, and I think they have enough quality to stay in front of their foes. The 41-year-old Drew Brees is still doing a great job and has a magnificent connection with Michael Thomas, who’s arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL at the moment.
The Saints acquired Emmanuel Sanders to help Thomas, but they still need much more from Alvin Kamara, who’s coming off a disappointing season. However, they should be consistent enough to grab 12 or 13 wins and retain the NFC South title.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will wait for their chance. The Bucs’ offense is fully stacked and should remain one of the best in the league after scoring 28.6 points per game in 2019 (tied with the Saints for the 3rd-best in the NFL).
Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski’s arrival could really kick-start the things in Tampa, especially because the Buccaneers are already counting on a couple of top-notch receivers in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.
The Bucs have to improve defensively if they want to challenge the Saints for the division title. Last year, they were 29th in the league in points allowed per game (28.1). Keep in mind that Jameis Winston threw for 30 picks, so the Bucs defense didn’t have enough time to catch a breath.
Don’t expect too much from the Atlanta Falcons even though they will be under huge pressure following a miserable 2019 season. The Falcons acquired Todd Gurley, which could be a crucial move, as their ground game didn’t exist in 2019.
If they find a way to be successful on the ground and improve dramatically on the defensive end, the Falcons could make some noise in the NFC. On the other side, the Carolina Panthers are huge underdogs here, but I think the bookies have underestimated them a bit.
The Panthers acquired Teddy Bridgewater, who was spectacular as Drew Brees’ replacement in New Orleans last season. Robby Anderson joined the talented receiving corps, while Christian McCaffrey will continue to torture the Panthers’ opponents.
- San Francisco 49ers (+100)
- Seattle Seahawks (+250)
- Arizona Cardinals (+850)
- Los Angeles Rams (+340)
I have a strange feeling that the LA Rams will hit rock bottom this season. After reaching Super Bowl LIII when they lost 13-3 to the Patriots, the Rams went 9-7 in 2019 and missed the postseason.
Todd Gurley was a huge disappointment last year and is no longer a member of this team, while the Rams don’t look like they have a clear plan. Jared Goff tossed for 4638 yards and 22 touchdowns but also had 16 picks in what was clearly a terrible season for a 25-year-old signal-caller.
The Rams’ defense is a mystery despite the likes of Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey. Therefore, I wouldn’t be surprised if they finish behind the Arizona Cardinals, while the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks should decide the NFC West champion.
The Cardinals acquired DeAndre Hopkins to help Kyler Murray grow. Murray led Arizona to a 5-10-1 record in his rookie season and will have the privilege of working with some of the best receivers in the NFL next season.
Hopkins is a superstar for years, Larry Fitzgerald is a true legend and still a reliable option even though he’s 36, and the 23-year old Christian Kirk has huge potential and could explode as the third option in this Arizona team.
San Francisco went 13-3 last year and looked impressive in the postseason. The 49ers lost WR Emmanuel Sanders and decided to draft Brandon Aiyuk as his replacement. They also acquired OT Trent Williams from Washington.
The Niners will continue to lean on their three-head monster offense after posting 144.1 rushing yards per contest this past season, enough for the second-best in the league. George Kittle is a top-tier TE who just needs to stay healthy, while Jimmy Garoppolo proved his worth to the team many times.
Furthermore, the Niners are one of the most dominant defensive teams, and that’s why I’m picking them over Seattle. The Seahawks’ offense is terrifying, but their defense is way below the Niners’ level.
Who Will Win the NFC Championship Game?
At the moment, I see 12 teams capable of reaching the NFC playoffs, and half of those teams could win the NFC Championship Game. The Seahawks are seventh on the bookies’ list, which tells you a lot about how stiff the competition is.
Also, the Seahawks are the only team that won the NFC back-to-back in this century (2013-2014). The 49ers look capable of retaining the crown and are well-balanced offensively, but they will have a tall task in the playoffs.
The Saints desperately want to reach the Super Bowl after having some bad luck over the previous few seasons. The Buccaneers lurk in the ambush with some new and deadly weapons, while you should keep in mind that Tampa will host the Super Bowl LV.
The Vikings are always tough to beat in the postseason. The Cowboys will be fired up under Mike McCarthy, while the Eagles proved many times that they shouldn’t be written off. The Niners are my first pick here, but the upcoming battle in the NFC seems like an unpredictable one.