2013 NFC Odds to Make the Playoffs
NFL Betting Trends- 2013 NFC Odds to Make the Playoffs
Kickoff is right around the corner for another NFL season as all 32 teams begin their quest to win enough regular season games to qualify for the playoffs and a shot at going all the way to Super Bowl XLVIII. After taking a closer look at BetDSI’s odds for the teams in the AFC, this time around NFL Betting Trends will delve into the odds for all 16 teams in the NFC.
Playoff Locks- Green Bay (-325), San Francisco (-325), Seattle (-275)
Green Bay is a perennial playoff team, but its chances to make it into the postseason this year are enhanced by a lack of serious competition for the NFC North title. It also helps that the Packers have won 10 or more games in five of their last six seasons. The big question with the other two teams on this list is which one will win the NFC West and which one will have to make its run to the Super Bowl as a wildcard team. Last year the 49ers squeezed-out the division title by the thinnest of margins with an overall record of 11-4-1 while Seattle went 11-5.
Legitimate Contenders- Atlanta (-165), New Orleans (-150), New York (-105)
You would think the Falcons would be a lock to make the playoffs this season after posting the best record in the NFC last year at 13-3. This followed 10 wins in 2011 and 13 wins the season before that. One of the reasons Atlanta is not a lock is the competitive landscape of the NFC South. Since 2002 no team in this division has ever won back-to-back titles. The other reason is a revitalized Saints’ team with head coach Sean Payton back at the helm. The NFC East should be one of the most competitive divisions in the NFL this year, but the Giants appear to have the inside track to end-up on top.
Top Valued Longshots- Chicago (+140), Washington (+140), Dallas (+145), Carolina (+200), Philadelphia (+225)
Chicago went 10-6 last season but lost a tiebreaker to Minnesota for the final wildcard spot. It decided to go in a new direction with Marc Trestman as head coach which could result in either a step backwards or a run at Green Bay for the division title. With a healthy Robert Griffin III back as the Redskins starting quarterback, Washington will be looking to duplicate last year’s effort that resulted in a NFC East title.
The Cowboys are a question mark every season and the added pressure from team owner Jerry Jones to get back into the postseason could actually work to send this team in the wrong direction this year. Carolina could be poised for a breakout season if third-year quarterback Cam Newton can regain the form he demonstrated as a rookie while the Eagles come in as the biggest mystery team in the conference under new head coach Chip Kelly.
Worst to First Miracles- Detroit (+250), Tampa Bay (+275), St. Louis (+300), Minnesota (+350) Arizona (+1000)
The Vikings were the only team in this group to post a winning record and make the playoffs last season, but obviously the Oddsmakers believe there was a bit of smoke and mirrors in that run given their current odds. Detroit last made the playoffs in 2011 before falling back to 4-12 last season, but it still has enough talent to get back into the postseason if all the right pieces fall into place. Tampa Bay is another team that could make some noise this season. After winning 10 games in 2010, it crashed and burned to a 4-12 record the following year, but showed signs of life with a 7-9 record in 2012. St. Louis has not made the playoffs since 2004, but it continues to stock-pile talent through the draft. Unfortunately, the Rams play in the same division as the 49ers and Seahawks.
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