2016 NFC Expert PicksJosh Bailey
The Carolina Panthers easily held the rest of the National Football Conference at bay in last year’s NFL Playoffs. The Panthers, who entered the playoffs with a 15 and 1 record, looked like a Super Bowl 50 shoo-in until running into Denver’s defense. Will the Panthers make amends this season by going to their second straight Super Bowl? Or, will pre-season NFC favorite Seattle wrest away Carolina’s crown? Is there a longshot in the NFC worth a look?
Analyzing My 2016 NFC Expert Picks
The Odds-On Favorite To Win The NFC: Seattle Seahawks +450
Seattle has been getting a lot of buzz. Although the defense should be great again, it ended up ranked second in total yards allowed per game at 291.8, the reason for the buzz has to do with QB Russell Wilson. Wilson played himself into elite status last season when throwing for over 4,000 yards and tossing 34 touchdowns. Wilson completed 68% of his passes. He threw only 8 interceptions. But there is a real question about the offensive line. Not only that, Seattle can’t keep losing great players on defense, like LB Bruce Irvin, and continue to stop the best offensive teams in the NFL.
The Smart Bet To Win The NFC: Arizona Cardinals +600
I like Seattle’s NFC West rival, the Arizona Cardinals, to get the job done this season. The Cardinals are offering much better odds than the Seahawks to win the NFC. The Desert Birds are a complete team. The defense got markedly better after drafting DE Robert Nkemdiche from Ole Miss. Running back David Johnson, who scored 13 touchdowns as a rookie, could be an All-Pro this season. The big question mark is whether or not QB Carson Palmer is the right guy to lead the Cardinals to the Super Bowl. I think that he is.
The Longshot Bet To Win The NFC: Washington +2000
Washington could be a big time dark horse to take down the other teams in the NFC this season. The DC’ers finally settled on QB Kirk Cousins who was arguably the best quarterback in the NFL from Week 10 on. Cousins completed over 69% of his passes last season. The defense took a huge leap during the off-season when Carolina rescinded the franchise tag on cornerback Josh Norman. Washington scooped up Norman. They also drafted underrated safety Su’a Cravens from USC. Don’t sleep on Washington to make waves in the NFC.
|Green Bay Packers||+525|
|New York Giants||+1400|
|Los Angeles Rams||+3300|
|New Orleans Saints||+3300|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+4000|
|San Francisco 49ers||+4000|