The majority of the NFL off-season business has concluded. The NFL draft has completed and schedules have been out for a while now. In my opinion, the NFC is going to be tough to predict this season, as there are several top contenders ready to win a Super Bowl.
The Philadelphia Eagles (1/1) and Dallas Cowboys (5/4) are expected to battle it out in the NFC East again this season. I can’t see the Giants competing with Eli Manning at QB and I’m excited to see Daniel Jones in the future. Washington will struggle too.
Philly has focused on improving the defense, but they also brought in DeSean Jackson and Jordan Howard in trades. If Carson Wentz can remain healthy this team is going to compete for another Super Bowl appearance. The Cowboys may earn a wild card, but I’m not sold on the offense. They brought in Randall Cobb, but he’s well past his prime.
This is one of the toughest divisions this season. The Green Bay Packers (2/1) actually went out and signed some free agents this season. The pass rush will be improved, but they still avoided adding at the skill positions, which will put all of the pressure on Aaron Rodgers.
Minnesota has a talented team, but do you believe in Kirk Cousins? I don’t. I’ll be betting on the Chicago Bears (7/4) to win the NFC North. I like Mitch Trubisky at QB and drafting David Montgomery to replace Howard was a great move. Chicago will have the #1 defense again this season and as long as the offense stays healthy, it’ll improve.
Bringing in Cordarrelle Patterson is a low-key move that could help out the rest of the WR’s, as he’s able to space the field. Chicago went 12-4 last season and easily won the division, so the fact we’re getting plus money on the Bears to win the NFC North has great value.
New Orleans (4/7) are odds-on to win the NFC South and it’s difficult to not like them. They should contend for a Super Bowl - winning the division shouldn’t be difficult. The Saints went 13-3 last season and were the only team in the NFC South with a winning record.
The Falcons (7/2) could bounce back after a tough year, but they won’t keep pace. The only major loss on offense for the Saints was Mark Ingram, but Alvin Kamara should get more work, which will lead to good things. Drew Brees is aging like Tom Brady, but he has a ton of weapons at his disposal. Latavius Murray and Jared Cook are underrated signings that will produce offensively. Expect the Saints to win the NFC North, but falter in the playoffs.
The Los Angeles Rams are favorites to win the NFC (9/2) and they’re only paying 4/7 to win the NFC West. Their main competition is the Seattle Seahawks (11/4). Russell Wilson is a great QB, but he’s not explosive and the legion of boom defense are all gone.
As bad as the Rams looked in the Super Bowl against NE, they’re still the class of the NFC and should only improve with the experience they’ve gained. Jared Goff had a good year and he’ll be even better if Cooper Kupp can come back healthy. Todd Gurley is the best RB in the NFL and no team is going to be able to keep this offense in check.
The Rams also have one of the easiest strength of schedules (SOS) this season. I expect the Rams to earn another Super Bowl bid and will be betting on them to win the NFC at 9/2 odds. The Rams are talented and have one of the best coaches in the league.