Updated Odds to Win the NFC

Updated Odds to Win the NFC

Updated Odds to Win the NFC

The NFL Playoffs start this weekend, which means that it is time for us to check in on the updated odds to win the NFC. Seattle, due to the defending Super Bowl champs garnering home field advantage, are the favorites. Could there be a surprise team to halt Seattle’s advance to a second straight NFC Championship title?

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Updated Odds To Win The NFC

Seattle Seahawks -150 – The Seahawks have three advantages that make it the top team in the NFC going in to the playoffs. First, the ‘Hawks play at home. Anybody who follows the NFL knows how important the twelfth man at CitiField is to Seattle’s championship hopes. Second, Seattle is ranked first in the NFL in overall defense. It allows 267.1 yards and less than 16 points per game. Finally, Seattle is the top rushing team in the NFL at 172.6 yards per game on the ground.

Green Bay Packers +250 – The defense isn’t all that great. It gives up way too many rushing yards, around 120 per game, and Aaron Rodgers is only probable for the Divisional Playoff game after Ndamukong Suh stepped on his calf in the Packers’ Week 17 victory over the Detroit Lions. More importantly, the Packers do not play as well on the road as they do at home. They get the bye, but beating Seattle in Seattle doesn’t look like much of a possibility.

Dallas Cowboys +350 – This is the team to back based on the odds and the way that it’s been playing to upset Seattle and win the NFC. Yes, Seattle is formidable, but if football handicappers do not want to swallow the odds on the ‘Hawks, they can jump all over the Cowboys who have the requisite top QB in Tony Romo, a stunningly good running back in DeMarco Murray, and a top defense that, overall, can give up yards, but is good enough against the rush, ranked eighth in the NFL, to put the kibosh on Beast Mode.

Carolina Panthers +2000 – In order to be considered a Super Bowl contender, a team needs two of three things:  a great quarterback, a great defense, and a great rushing game. Carolina might have all three. The defense has yielded 17 points or less in the Panthers’ last 3 games. Two of quarterback Cam Newton’s last three QB ratings are 104 and 114 and the running game is now going for 127.2 per matchup.

Detroit Lions +2500 – Detroit’s defense should keep it in every playoff game in which it plays. Unfortunately, without Suh suiting up to put pressure on Tony Romo in the Wildcard Round, the Lions aren’t likely to move on to the Divisional Round. Detroit is the team to shun this weekend, no doubt. Romo will pick apart the Lions’ pass defense and Detroit has no rushing game to keep Dallas’s defenders off of Matthew Stafford.

Arizona Cardinals +4000 – They have the worst possible matchup this weekend in Carolina, a team that has a ferocious defense and a great rushing game. The Cardinals just aren’t going to go very far in the playoffs with Ryan Lindley at QB. Rookie Logan Thomas looks like he has the tools to be a decent pro, but he’s nowhere near ready to start a playoff game. The odds on Arizona should be much greater than 40 to 1.