Patriots, Seahawks Are Biggest Favorites on 2017 Divisional Odds

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Friday, May 5, 2017 5:03 PM GMT

Some of SBR’s top sportsbooks have released odds to win each division in the 2017 NFL regular season, and there are no big surprises. The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks are the biggest favorites overall.

The New England Patriots (AFC East), Pittsburgh Steelers (AFC North), Houston Texans (AFC South), Kansas City Chiefs (AFC West), Dallas Cowboys (NFC East), Green Bay Packers (NFC North), Atlanta Falcons (NFC South) and Seattle Seahawks (NFC West) all won their respective divisions in 2016. What are the chances we see a full repeat sweep in 2017? Decent according to NFL divisional odds released by some of SBR’s top sportsbooks.

Then again, it’s highly unlikely every division winner repeats. Not one single NFC division winner from 2015 was able to defend its title in 2016. Only the Patriots and Texans did in the AFC.

New England is the biggest divisional favorite in the NFL at -450 to win the AFC East. Until Tom Brady retires, that probably will always be the case. The Pats have won the division every year since 2003 but 2008 – when Brady was lost to a Week 1 season-ending injury. Pittsburgh is -125 to repeat in the AFC North.

The AFC South is practically a crapshoot between the Texans (+150), Colts (+200) and Titans (+210). Interesting that Houston is favored considering its QB questions. In the AFC West, the Raiders (+180) are just ahead of the Broncos (+200) and Chiefs (+240). Oakland might have the worst home-field advantage in the NFL this season with its lame-duck status and one game in Mexico City.

The only NFC West team to finish above .500 last year was Seattle, and it’s the second-biggest divisional favorite on the board at -380. Barring an injury to Russell Wilson, the Seahawks should win in a cakewalk. The NFC East looks wide open between the Cowboys (+125), Giants (+260), Eagles (+350) and perhaps Redskins (+400). In the NFC North, Green Bay is -125 to win it for the sixth time in seven seasons. Check out my Packers predictions. The Vikings are +220.

The NFC South might be the most interesting division this year – I could see every team finishing at least .500. The Falcons are +160 to repeat, followed by the Bucs (+280), Panthers (+280) and Saints (+350). Tampa is the only team not to win the South this decade but is very much on the rise. The Saints might have a new offensive identity this season with the addition of Adrian Peterson to team with Mark Ingram in the backfield. Give us your thoughts in our forum. 

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