After this week’s games are played, the NFL playoff picture will finally be set, bit at the moment, there are two teams competing for the final playoff spot.
Unlike the AFC, where the Patriots and Steelers were expected to compete for the conference title, the NFC playoffs will be wide open.
Going into the season, the Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, and Atlanta Falcons were expected to be the top teams in the conference. However, two of those teams have already been eliminated from the playoff race, and the Falcons need a win on Sunday to make the playoffs.
Since none of the favorites made it into the playoffs, the NFC Super Bowl odds feature teams that had long shots of winning the Super Bowl this year.
The team with the best odds of winning the Super Bowl in the NFC are the Minnesota Vikings, whose odds are at +325. The New Orleans Saints have the next best odds at +900, followed by the Philadelphia Eagles at +1000.
The betting odds for current NFC Super Bowl favorites are:
Los Angeles Rams: +1000
Carolina Panther: +1800
Atlanta Falcons: +2800
Seattle Seahawks +7500
The Vikings have the best odds but will likely finish with the second best record in the conference. However, I don’t like the value at +325 because they aren’t the most complete team in the NFC. The Vikings defense is very solid, but I’m not convinced their offense is good enough to win the Super Bowl.
The Eagles are a very good value at +1000 because they were clearly the best team in the NFC this season. The oddsmakers soured on the Eagles because of the injury to Carson Wentz, but Nick Foles is good enough to get them to the Super Bowl.
Another great value pick are the Los Angeles Rams, who are the most complete team in the conference. Their offense is one of the best in the league and their defense was just as good. With a solid ground game and good defense, they will be tough to beat.
The Panthers are another solid value pick because they were in the Super Bowl two years ago. The only problem is Cam Newton and their offense have been very inconsistent this year, which has cost them a few winnable games.
The Falcons and the Seahawks are fighting for the final playoff spot, but neither is expected to do much if they make the playoffs.