2020 NFC Odds and Picks
It’s actually hard to recall a time when it was this wide-open in the NFC. The two favorites are last year’s conference champions the San Francisco 49ers and also the new-look Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But it’s not that hard to make a case outside the top two, as last year showed. The Niners took down the NFC coming off a 4-win season, making anyone who was brave enough to take Frisco a happy camper indeed. And this season could see another bolt from beyond.
It is an eclectic mix of teams. At the top are two teams who might be vulnerable in a SF team that saw a lot go right and lost a lot some pieces, now joined at the top by a team that just signed a 43-year old quarterback. Surrounding them on the board are a lot of teams that have been poising themselves for something big, playoff threats like the Saints, Cowboys, Eagles, Seahawks, Rams, Vikings, Packers, Bears, etc. And how sure can you truly be that out of the Cardinals, Falcons, Bears, Lions, Giants, Panthers, or Washington that one of those teams doesn’t provide a surprise this season, sort of how San Francisco did last year?
This is an area where there is a lot of potential opportunity for the enterprising bettor. It’s really wide-open, despite what the oddsmakers are indicating. A ton of things can go wrong with the teams at the top and just underneath are teams that have shown they are close. There isn’t any reason to think the Saints or the Packers won’t be in the mix again. Ditto for the Seahawks and Vikings. Maybe the Rams discover their form from a few years ago. There are many defensible stances to take on this bet.
These bets give you a lot of mileage. They’re not as bold as a Super Bowl bet, as your team doesn’t need to win it all, they just need to get to the big dance. You have a vested interest in everything that team does all season. It can be a rewarding bet to make and gives you a ton of action. Let’s take a look at the odds to win the NFC this season. We will follow that with some of our top picks.
Odds to Win the 2020 NFC Conference
- SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS +400
- NEW ORLEANS SAINTS +500
- TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS +450
- DALLAS COWBOYS +700
- PHILADELPHIA EAGLES +1000
- SEATTLE SEAHAWKS +1000
- GREEN BAY PACKERS +1200
- MINNESOTA VIKINGS +1200
- LOS ANGELES RAMS +1800
- ARIZONA CARDINALS +2500
- ATLANTA FALCONS +2200
- CHICAGO BEARS +2000
- DETROIT LIONS +3500
- NEW YORK GIANTS +4500
- CAROLINA PANTHERS +5000
- WASHINGTON REDSKINS +6600
Top Picks to Win the NFC in 2020
(Bet on NFL Futures at Bet365)
San Francisco 49ers (+400) A lot of what they do well doesn’t jump off the screen and they lost some pieces, along with some contractual disputes emerging with some key pieces on the team. But still, what some suspected could happen someday occurred a little ahead of schedule, as the Niners finally caught some breaks on the injury-front and showed what they can do at close to full-power. I can understand the sentiment that their formula for success isn’t so iron-clad that they can’t slip up, especially with other contenders in the conference making a big push this season. But something tells me our eyes don’t deceive us and San Fran rightfully has earned the right to be considered the top team in the NFC.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+450) I like what Bruce Arians is doing in Tampa, particularly the way they played at times in the second half of last season. And this was with a QB who threw 30 picks. Get Tom Brady in there with all those weapons and we could see a surge on offense in a big way. That could bring the rest of the team up with him. Any number of things could go wrong with a quarterback who is 43. But this pick isn’t made in the spirit of them simply getting Brady. Their roster looks as strong as it has since they won the Super Bowl all those years ago. Brady has two top receivers in Chris Godwin and Mike Evans to work with and it would actually be a surprise if Tampa wasn’t in the postseason making some noise this season.
New Orleans Saints (+500) You have one of the more talent-rich rosters in the sport, along with a Hall of Fame quarterback who has Father Time leaning against him in a major way. The last two seasons have provided ultra-painful moments in the postseason, but the championship window is still open. A healthier Alvin Kamara, along with the newly-acquired Emmanuel Sanders should have this offense clicking, as Brees works behind what should again be a great line. The defense sees Malcolm Jenkins back in the fold and how the pass-defense performs will be a key part of their success. Even if Brees does slip a bit and the NFC South has gotten a little tougher, I see them in the mix late again this season.
Seattle Seahawks (+1000) A little further down the list, this could be the season where the Seahawks put it together. After seeing their defense spiral a little last year, look for that to be a major point of emphasis this season. Their linebacking corps should be tip-top, but their pass-defense has a ways to go—not a good thing in this conference. After they won the Super Bowl, they’ve won ten games in five of the six subsequent seasons. They never really fell off and I think a surge could be in the cards. With some better health on the running back front, in addition to more growth from receivers like young DK Metcalf, Russell Wilson should be in good shape as he makes another run in the postseason.