It won’t be long before the NFL returns and the behemoths that roam the gridiron take center stage on Sunday afternoons. But which NFC teams look ripe for cashing in our NFL picks?
Champions - Dallas Cowboys (11-5) – The Cowboys statistically have the 24th most difficult schedule in this upcoming season but with games against New England, Seattle, Green Bay as well as home and away tilts against divisional rivals the Philadelphia Eagles it doesn’t look all that easy to me. Factor in a few games on the road that they could drop to teams like Miami and even the Giants and this won’t be in a walk in the park by any stretch.
However, with an excellent draft in the bag and despite DeMarco Murray shipping off to the City of Brotherly Love we believe Dallas is the still the team to beat. Tony Romo will have a tremendous season particularly now that Dez Bryant is locked up for five years, contractually speaking of course, which means the Boyz should win another NFC East title and go over the NFL odds total of 9 ½ (O-133) at SportsInteraction.
Champions – Green Bay Packers (11-5) – The Packers re-signed most of their key players who could have ventured for greener pastures and while that may not make headlines it does sustain the core of a winning franchise and keep them poised for another NFC North crown. The Packers bolstered their secondary with arguably the best safety in the draft Damarious Randall of Arizona State and then selected cornerback Quinton Rollins in the second round. Though it’s never a surefire recipe for success to rely on a pair of rookies in the secondary these players will fit seamlessly into defensive coordinator Dom Caper’s system.
Bet365 is one of the few major offshore sportsbooks hanging the NFL odds total at 10 ½ yet that is still a bit too close for comfort. Nevertheless, we like the Packers chances of repeating as NFC North champs and we will shop on over to GTBets and bet the Pack at -260 to claim what is rightfully theirs.
Champions – Atlanta Falcons (9-7) – The NFC South will once again be the red-headed-step-child of the NFL but in the land of the blind the one-eyed man is king. Consider the Falcons to be that one-eyed man as they are packed with potential as Matty Ice will look to stud wide receiver Julio Jones and now has pass-catching tight end Jacob Tamme to add another dimension to the aerial attack. The Falcons boast a three-headed monster in the backfield with Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman and Antone Smith blasting through opposing lines and moving the chains.
Of course the Saints could prove to be the real challenge in this division but now that Atlanta has Dan Quinn, former Seahawks defensive coordinator, as the man in the big chair replacing Mike Smith we feel the Falcons will soar…to at least the first round in the postseason. Over 8 (-145) at BetOnline is hanging the tastiest line on this NFL odds prop and if you decide to tail me and back the Falcons as the NFC South champs then 5Dimes +220 is the shop for you.
Champions – Seattle Seahawks (13-3) – The Seattle Seahawks now have Jimmy Graham as the cure that ails them in the red zone. They also have Marshawn Lynch locked down and plying his trade in the Great Northwest for the foreseeable future. Some say that Pete Carroll’s crew may be debilitated by the worst call in the history of mankind and any surrounding alien race that may don helmets and play with a pig skin spheroid. However, Pete Carroll is a rah-rah guy, an eternal optimist and exactly what the Seahawks need to shake them from their Super Bowl doldrums and deep into the postseason.
If you believe, like I do, that Seattle will be back in the saddle and ready to rumble then peruse the NFL odds and shop on over to Bovada where you can bet the Seahawks -225 to win the NFC West and then Bet365 who are one of the only shops hanging a 10 ½ total wins as opposed to 11 virtually everywhere else. Go over 10 ½ (-185) at Bet365.