However, I have boiled my picks down, and I see these three or four teams as the best value to win the NFC. All of these NFL Odds are courtesy of Bet365.
Favorite: 49ers +333
With the exception of the injury to Michael Crabtree, this team has little weakness. Newly acquired Aquan Boldin will have to slide over and take the X position on offense until Crabtree returns, but if he can hold down the fort until Crabtree comes back, this team still has plenty of upside.
The addition of Nnamdi Asomugha is huge for this team, and along with the already stout defense they have, this team was, and still is the favorite to win this conference again. They have tasted victory too many times not to finally get over the hump sooner or later. The defending NFC champs have some value in the NFL Odds at over 3/1 to repeat. The talent they have is almost unmatched in the NFC, but I do think there are teams that can beat them in the NFC, and they are listed below.
Dark Horse: Packers +500
At 5/1, I don’t think there is a much better bet than the Green Bay Packers to win the NFC. They have the best quarterback in the NFL, and they were incredibly injured last season, and still won their division and won a playoff game. Their running game should be much better, their offensive line should be improved, and their defense will likely be much healthier than last season.
Unlike last season, I doubt the NFC North is as competitive. I think the Bears and Vikings will both regress to 8-8 SU teams, and the Packers could lock up this division early if they get lucky. If they stay healthy as well, this team is capable of beating any team in the NFC in a playoff series.
The NFL Odds are giving the Packers 5/1 to win the NFC and 11/1 to win the Super Bowl, and Green Bay may be my favorite offseason future NFL pick of any of the 32 teams. As a Bears’ fan, this hurts me to say.
Long Shots: Falcons +800 & Giants +1100
I’ll start with the Falcons, because they were one win short of cashing an NFC future odds ticket. Not only did they retain most of the important parts of that team, they also added Steven Jackson at RB, and Osi Umenyiora on defense. The Falcons might have the best offense in the entire NFC, and it may be one of the best in the NFL. So why are they behind the Packers, Seahawks and 49ers? Their defense is still a bit of a concern in the secondary, but they are good enough to beat anyone with their offense, and at 8/1 to win the NFC and 14/1 to win the Super Bowl, it all falls on Matt Ryan.
The Giants are another team that has been there before, and like the Packers, a couple of key injuries really hurt their playoff chances last season. This team started 2012 at 6-2 SU, but then started getting hammered by injuries. All things seem like a go health-wise for New York, and with Eli Manning, they are never out of a game, and at 11/1 to win the NFC, there is value in the NFL Odds.