The NFL regular season is over and the playoffs are set. We not only have update future odds to discuss, but NFL Odds for all four wildcard games are out as well. Let’s take a look at some of the updated future odds, and what types of scenarios might be advantageous to an NFC future odds bet. All of the odds mentioned here in this playoff picture are to win the NFC, and are from Bovada sportsbook.
#6 Saints (+1400) vs. #3 Eagles (+1000)
The Saints have been one of the worst road teams in the NFL this season, and they finished the year 1-7 ATS on the road during the regular season. If they magically turn things around and start to play well on the road, not only could they be a good value in this game, but in the NFL future odds as well.
I don’t think there is much doubt that the Saints are at least as good or better than the Eagles, but they might need a small miracle to win in Philadelphia. Not only has playing outside been a big problem for the Saints this season, but the weather is going to be very cold on Saturday evening, and that will not makes things easier for the passing game on either side. If the Eagles win, they will travel into Carolina, but if the Saints, win, they will head to Seattle, and the winner of this next game will play the Panthers.
#5 49ers (+500) vs. #4 Packers (+750)
This is the only wildcard game in both conferences that has the road team as a favorite, as the NFL Odds have the 49ers as -2 ½ road favorites, with a total of 48 ½. This is also the only game where the road team has better future odds to win the NFC than the home team. The Packers have been owned by the 49ers over the last two seasons, and I could see it going the same way again. The Packers have just gotten back their two best offensive players in Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb, and although they can beat out the Bears, if it wasn’t for a fluke touchdown, they might not have won in Week 17.
The 49ers have a much better defense than the Bears or the Packers for that matter, and even though Green Bay’s defense played pretty well last week, there is something about playing against the Niners that turns them soft. The winner of this game will also likely have to take the trip to Seattle to play the Seahawks, unless of course the Saints are able to upset the Eagles.
The highest seeded team will end up making a trip to Seattle to play the Hawks, so needless to say, both the Niners and Packers will be cheering for the Saints on Saturday. The Seahawks are priced in at -110 to win the NFC this season, and since they will not have a road game makes that price pretty close to what I would have priced them.
The Panthers are in the #2 seed, and a matchup with the Eagles looks to be what will happen if all the favorites win. I think they may be rooting for it as well. Out of all the teams the Panthers could face, the Eagles might be the most favorable matchup. They have the softest defense of any of the teams remaining, and playing the Packers or 49ers might be a much tougher matchup. At +1000 to win the Super Bowl and +500 to win the NFC, the Panthers might have the best odds and road to the Super Bowl in the NFC for our NFL picks.
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