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2013 NFC Championship Futures Odds

Earlier in the week I looked at the AFC conference and today I’m going to preview the NFC conference. Last year the 49ers won the NFC Championship Game 28-24 against the Atlanta Falcons on the road despite going down 17-0 early in the game, but the AFC’s Ravens won the Super Bowl.

2013-14 NFC Conference & Division Champions Futures Betting Lines

The San Francisco 49ers are the favorites to win the 2014 NFC Championship Game. The last time that a team in the NFC has won back-to-back conference championships was 1996/1997 (Green Bay Packers). Seattle is next in the market to win the conference while the Packers and Falcons aren’t far behind.

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NFL Team
NFC Conference Odds
NFC East Odds
NFC North Odds
NFC South Odds
NFC West Odds
New York Giants+1200+200---
Washington Redskins+1800+240---
Dallas Cowboys+1800+240---
Philadelphia Eagles+2200+325---
Green Bay Packers+600--160--
Chicago Bears+1600-+350--
Detroit Lions+2500-+500--
Minnesota Vikings+2500-+600--
Atlanta Falcons+800--+125-
New Orleans Saints+1000--+160-
Tampa Bay Buccaneers+2800--+500-
Carolina Panthers+3300--+550-
San Francisco 49ers+375----110
Seattle Seahawks+450---+110
St. Louis Rams+2500---+750
Arizona Cardinals+6600---+2200

Can the 49ers Win Consecutive NFC Championship Titles?

San Francisco went 11-4-1 to win the NFC West last season and they’ve added to their loaded team. Colin Kaepernick played great once he took over the QB job in SF. Kaepernick threw for 1814 yards (10 TD’s) and rushed for 415 yards (5 TD’s) last season.

The Niners brought in Dorsey, Asomugha, Dahl and Boldin to bolster to the line-up. Boldin was a nice pick-up, but he’ll have lots of pressure on him now that Crabtree is injured to start the season. Rookie Quinton Patton should get a chance to shine as well.

Last year the 49ers won games with their defense. San Fran ranked 2nd in points allowed (17.1 PPG) and 4th in yards against (294.4 YPG). The defense is similar to last year’s and they added some depth in the draft (Tank Carradine & Corey Lemonier).

Looking at the schedule the 49ers should win at least 9 games and potentially 12+ depending upon how the season ends up and whether or not they have to deal with injuries. The 49ers will be amongst the best in the NFC again, but I’m not picking them.

Green Bay went 11-5 and won the NFC North in 2012-13. The team improved through the draft rather than free agency. Green Bay addressed some key areas in the draft and picked up DE Datone Jones (R1) and RB Eddie Lacy (R2) with their first two picks.

This offseason the Packers lost Jennings, Driver, Saturday, Walden, Bishop and Woodson. Green Bay is a lot younger this season and I think that’ll help them. Some are worried about WR, but Cobb and Jones were the top two receivers on the team last year.

The Packers ranked 5th in points scored (27.1 PPG) and 9th in passing yards (253.1 PYPG) last season. The rushing game was weak, but with the additions of Lacy from Alabama and Franklin from UCLA the Packers should finally have a duel threat offense.

Green Bay has one of the toughest schedules this season, but if they can continue their dominance at home (7-1 last season) and in the division (5-1 last season) then they’ll win the division again and be a threat to win the 2014 Super Bowl.

Seattle and Atlanta are the two other top contenders to win the NFC conference this season. You also can’t rule out the Giants, Saints, Bears or potentially the Redskins depending upon how RGIII looks after returning from injury this season.

There is some value on the Falcons to win the NFC at 8/1 odds, as they came very close last season and bring back a similar roster with some improvements. Atlanta went out and signed veterans Stephen Jackson and Osi Umenyiora to help win a Super Bowl.

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After giving up 45 points to SF in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs last season the Packers will need to improve their read option defense, but I expect Capers to get the job done. We’ll find out in week 1, as GB takes on SF at Candlestick Park.

Now that the Packers have two legitimate rookie RB’s they should take some pressure off of Rodgers during the season. This is a loaded team with one of the best QB’s in the league and my money is on the Packers winning the conference this season.

This year the Falcons will be disappointed with anything less than a Super Bowl appearance. Last season the Falcons jumped out to an 8-0 record. While I don’t think that’s going to happen again the Falcons should have no problem winning 10+ games.

The two most important games for the Falcons this season likely will be in week 1 and week 12 against the Saints. New Orleans is the only team in the NFC South that has a chance to win, but the Falcons are too loaded in my opinion to lose this division.

I’m also betting on the Giants at +200 to win the NFC East after missing the playoffs last season. The Giants are now younger at RB and the offensive line is stronger this year, but the defensive line took a hit when they lost Umenyiora this offseason.

I don’t expect the Redskins to win 10 games again with RGIII coming back from injury, as he’s less likely to run wild. Dallas and Philadelphia are unlikely to be contenders either and I think 2/1 odds on the Giants presents nice value in the NFC East.

ScottThis article was written by Scott

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