|Team||NFC Championship Odds|
|New Orleans Saints||+110|
|Los Angeles Rams||+225|
For the first time in several seasons, the NFC feels wide open. It feels like all six teams have a realistic chance to be the conference’s representative in the Super Bowl. Now, they are a few favorites among the six teams, but all season long, these six teams have shown that they can compete at the highest of levels.
NFL betting fans have already seen multiple matchups between these and a few surprising outcomes. If the regular season was any indicator, then we should be in store for five great games in the NFC playoffs, including some fun Wild Card weekend betting.
Here are a few reasons why you should or shouldn't bet on each team in the NFC to win the conference ahead of what should be some terrific Super Bowl betting.
Why to Bet the Saints: After winning 13 games, the Saints will have the home-field advantage throughout the playoffs in the NFC. With Drew Brees having an MVP-caliber season and one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL, it’s hard to imagine any team is going to go into their building and outscore them.
Why to Avoid the Saints: Injuries could be a problem for the Saints in the playoffs. Left tackle Terron Armstead is dealing with a bicep injury and left guard Andrus Peat suffered a hand injury against the Panthers in Week 17. If neither of those two can play in the playoffs, teams may be able to rattle Brees enough to keep the score down.
Why to Bet the Rams: They have one of the best offenses in the league, led by Jared Goff and Todd Gurley. They have the best defensive player in the league in Aaron Donald and two fantastic coaches in Sean McVay and Wade Phillips. With 13 wins in 2018, you can make a case they were the one of, if not the best teams in the NFL.
Why to Avoid the Rams: Without Cooper Kupp, the Rams' offense has taken a hit. They no longer look like the same team that we saw earlier in the year, losing to the Bears and the Eagles in December. But the biggest concern is whether or not the Rams can keep Goff clean. He is clearly a different quarterback when under pressure.
Why to Bet the Bears: The case for the Bears winning the NFC is rather simple. They have an elite defense that led the league in takeaways in 2018 (36). They have a great rushing attack with Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen and enough playmakers at receiver and tight end to scare opposing defenses.
Why to Avoid the Bears: QB Mitchell Trubisky took a big step forward in the 2018 season, but he did not finish the season strong. Over the last five games, Trubisky has five interceptions and looks less confident than he did in the early parts of the season. If the Bears get behind, how much confidence do you have in Trubisky to bring them back?
Why to Bet the Cowboys:They are one of the hottest teams in the NFL, winning seven of their last eight. QB Dak Prescott is playing remarkably better, and they are seemingly one of the healthiest teams in the playoffs. With the sixth-ranked defense and one of the best rushing attacks in the NFL, Dallas matches up well with the top teams in the NFC.
Why to Avoid the Cowboys:Their offense has been their biggest problem this season. They finished the year averaging just 21.2 points per game and had the 29th ranked red zone offense. If Dallas is forced to come from behind or into a shootout, they don't have the firepower to keep up.
Why to Bet the Seahawks: They have one of the best head coach/QB combinations in the league in Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson. Seattle led the league in rushing yards per game (160), and they led the league in turnover differential (+15). With a veteran team like Seattle, they know exactly what it takes to win in the playoffs.
Why to Avoid the Seahawks: Whenever Seattle has had success in the playoffs, it has usually been because of their home-field advantage. Unless they were to meet the Eagles in the championship round, they aren't playing another home game this season. The Seahawks were just an average team on the road (4-4) this season.
Why to Bet the Eagles: They are starting to feel like a team of destiny after winning five of their last six games to sneak in the playoffs. With Nick Foles leading the way, the Eagles are a confident team that knows how to get it done in the playoffs. With all of their talent on both sides of the ball, don't be surprised if they may make another run.
Why to Avoid the Eagles: For the Eagles to win the conference, they would need to win three straight games on the road. While it has been done before (Steelers in 2008), the sixth-seed in the NFC is going to be a tough hill to climb. It would take another magical run by Doug Pederson and his crew to accomplish such a feat.
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