There are only two weeks of the regular season remaining, and the next few weeks are going to do a lot to decide what the playoff seeds end up being. Right now no team has clinched a division, but that will change after this week. These updated future odds are courtesy of 5Dimes, and they are all to win the NFC.
The Hawks need only one more win to capture not only the NFC West, but the top seed in the NFC as well. They play host to the Cardinals this week, and although that is going to be a tough game, the good news for Seattle is Larry Fitzgerald has a concussion, and Cason Palmer, a sprained ankle. Seattle is a -10 favorite in the NFL Odds this week, and I expect them to walk away with the NFC West crown. Their price to win the NFC is also not bad considering how good they have looked, and how dominant they have been at home.
The Saints took a dive this past week after losing on the road to the Rams, however they still have the 2nd best future odds to win the NFC. The Saints are only 1-6 ATS on the road this season, and even if they do get a bye, they might eventually have to go to Seattle. Plus there is no guarantee they hang onto the NFC South. The Panthers have the same record and play the Saints this week in Carolina. The Saints are a big bull market right now.
If there is a team with value right now, it’s the 49ers, who right now are 5/1 to win the NFC. They are finally healthy on offense with Michael Crabtree back, and their defense is looking good. Even though they’ll probably be a wild card team, there is definite value with the NFC champs from last season.
I keep talking myself out of thinking the Panthers have a chance to get to the Super Bowl, however they are looking more real by the minute. They also get a chance to take a one game lead with one game to go this week as they face off against the Saints at home. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see on Carolina.
After the Panthers there is a big drop off, and with the Eagles’ loss to the Vikings, I could see it dropping off even more. While they are almost assured the NFC East after the Cowboys blew their game against the Packers, even so, they will likely have to play either the Panthers or 49ers in the first round if everything holds, and that is not an easy proposition, even at home.
A lot of what happens to these NFL Odds depends on what happens tonight, however at 20/1, the Lions are pretty fairly priced. Their pass defense is awful, and with Jay Cutler back and Aaron Rodgers nearing a return, the last three games for the Lions are not easy. Their chances of making the playoffs ride a lot on this game, because after this they play only the Giants and Vikings.
Chicago did wonders for their situation beating the Browns on the road, and now they are at least for the time being, the leader in the NFC North. Chicago arguably has the toughest road remaining, as they play in Philadelphia in Week 16, and then they close the season against the Packers. Now you see why even though they are not the best team, the Lions have the best shot at winning the division, and the best odds. Take them into consideration for your NFL picks.
Even though the Packers won in Week 15, and even though Rodgers may play in Week 16, the Packers and Bears both need Detroit to lose against the Ravens. However it might be too little too late for Green Bay. They are 7-6-1 SU, and because of the tie, they absolutely need Detroit to lose tonight, and to beat Chicago no matter what in Week 17. It’s a long shot right now in a crowded NFC.
Dallas pretty much put one nail in their coffin this past week after blowing it against the Packers, and I don’t know if I’m ready for an entire offseason of Cowboys banter. Dallas is currently a game back of the Eagles, however they play one another in Week 17, and as long as Dallas doesn’t lose against the Redskins in Washington, they give themselves a chance to win and get in at home in Week 17. However that game in Washington is going to be no cakewalk.
Because of the division they play in, the Cards probably won’t make the playoffs. They are injured with Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald, and they play Seattle on the road this week, and San Francisco at home in Week 17. Even though I did love the value, the clock might have struck midnight for this Cinderella, even though they edged out a win in Tennessee.