NFC Division Winners
The NFC doesn't offer a clearcut #1 overall option as we break ground on the 2022 campaign. This should offer plenty of betting value, even at the divisional levels.
NFC East - Eagles (+130)
The Giants and Commanders are in transition years which leaves this as a two team division between the Eagles and Cowboys. Dallas had an underwhelming offseason and there’s a number of uncertainties on both offense and defense. Philadelphia has the more complete roster but remains only a slight betting favorite which surprises me. The Eagles could explode this year and could run away with this division quickly if things don’t break perfectly for the Cowboys.
NFC North: Vikings (+240)
It’s uncomfortable betting against Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay but I have legitimate concerns about their offensive ceiling without Davante Adams. Their defense is among the best in the league but I expect they’ll be tested in a lot of low scoring games. Minnesota hired former Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell and will transition to a pass heavy approach. Despite the new scheme, Minnesota maintains a ton of continuity on offense and there’s definite top 5 potential here. If the Vikings defense is even remotely better than in 2021, I like them to unseat Green Bay atop the division.
NFC South: Bucs (-230)
I like the non favorites in this division more than the field but not enough to overtake Tampa Bay. The only way I see this going wrong is if Tom Brady falls off a cliff behind a decimated offensive line. Otherwise, I expect the Panthers and Saints to surprise some people but ultimately fall short.
NFC West: Rams (+125)
The Rams, 49ers and Cardinals all have a legitimate chance of emerging here and I predict this finishes as the best division in football despite the lowly Seahawks. I lean towards the defending Super Bowl Champs but this could look bad fast if Trey Lance reaches his ceiling. Instead I expect inconsistencies in his first full season as a starter.
NFC Wildcards: Packers, Cardinals