NFC Division Futures Week 13 Odds Update and Picks

Last Updated: Jan 9, 2021

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NFC Division Futures Week 13 Odds Update and Picks: Read our Week 13 NFC Futures Odds and Picks to find out the top contenders, pretenders, and the best spots to wager.

All NFC Division Futures Week 13 odds listed run courtesy of PointsBet‘s NFL lines page.


NFC Division Futures Week 13

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NFC East

New York Giants +200
Washington Football Team +220
Philadelphia Eagles +240
Dallas Cowboys +500

As much as I want to exclude them, all four NFC East teams are in play. No, not for a Super Bowl, but for a division title.

Let’s take a look at the remaining schedule for NFC Least clubs.

  • Cowboys (3-8): at Ravens, at Bengals, 49ers, Eagles, at Giants
  • Eagles (3-7-1): at Packers, Saints, at Cardinals, at Cowboys, Washington
  • Washington (4-7): at Steelers, at 49ers, Seahawks, Panthers, at Eagles
  • Giants (4-7): at Seahawks, Cardinals, Browns, at Ravens, Cowboys

If six wins will potentially clinch the East, the Cowboys and the Football team have the best shot to get there. However, we already know we can’t trust Dallas despite the fact that they have the easiest path to get to six. Still, at (+500) odds — the best odds of NFC East teams to win the division — I wouldn’t think you’re crazy to wager in their direction.

The issue with the Cowboys is injuries, primarily along their offensive line. They play their best football when Zack Martin is in the lineup. Now, following his calf injury on Thanksgiving, he is expected to miss a few weeks. If the Cowboys can somehow overcome Martin and figure out their line, they can find three wins down the stretch with games facing the Bengals, Giants, and Eagles. it is safe to say the Ravens and 49ers matchups will be losses.

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The other NFC East team worth wagering is the Giants. While they will be without Daniel Jones (hamstring) for a few games, he is expected to return sooner rather than later. They have won four of their past six games, including three straight.

Moreover, Colt McCoy is a capable backup too. The Giants have a tough road ahead, but if it comes down to Week 17, they have a game against Dallas at home, one they should win no matter who is under center.

New York has (+210) odds to win the East. That is the other team I would wager with the Cowboys.

While I am not going to say much about the Eagles — they are the one team in the East that I believe does not have a shot — Washington deserves a mention. Not only do they have one of the best defenses in the league, primarily defending the pass, but Alex Smith has played outstanding since taking over for Kyle Allen and is 2-0 as a starter in 2020.

Like the Giants, the Football Team brings (+210) odds to win the East.

If they can find wins over the 49ers and Panthers down the stretch, they close at the Eagles, a game that is certainly winnable.

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NFC North

Green Bay Packers -10000
Minnesota Vikings +2200
Chicago Bears +2600
Detroit Lions +25000

The Bears have lost five straight games. However, for the first time in a while, their offense appeared competent in their Sunday night Week 12 blowout loss to Green Bay.

Albeit was in garbage time, Mitchell Trubisky moved the football while David Montgomery flashed for the first time since September. Chicago has (+2800) odds to win the NFC South. It is a longshot.

Is it impossible? No. Chicago’s remaining schedule is cake, with games facing the Lions, Texans, Vikings, Jaguars, and Packers left to play. Can the Bears go 4-1 down the stretch and make the playoffs? Absolutely, but they won’t catch the Packers.

The Vikings are another team that could make a run and win the division if they were not playing in the NFC North. The Vikings are hot, winners of four of their past five games. They can run the football and have an explosive offense. The issue is their defense. The 2020 Vikings’ defense is one of their worst units in the Mike Zimmer era.

Although they have games against the Jaguars, Buccaneers, Bears, Saints, and Lions, three of which are winnable, an NFC North title is not in their cards. I am passing on their (+2200) odds to win the North.


NFC South

New Orleans Saints -10000
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +1600
Atlanta Falcons +50000

This is where it gets interesting. The Saints have a commanding lead in the NFC South. They also swept the only team that could catch them, the Buccaneers.

With a remaining schedule at the Falcons, at Eagles, Chiefs, Vikings, and at Panthers, the Saints, who’ve won eight consecutive games, would have to collapse down the stretch for the Buccaneers to catch them. However, it is not impossible.

NFC Division Futures Week 13 Picks: Saints' sweep of Buccaneers could loom large down the stretch
The New Orleans Saints’ sweep of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could loom large in the NFC South race down the stretch. (USA TODAY Sports)

The Saints play three of their final five games on the road. We all know they are better at home. Meanwhile, the Buccaneers have their much-needed bye in Week 13 and close out the year against the Vikings, Falcons, Lions, and Falcons.

Is there a scenario in which the 7-5 Buccaneers win four in a row and the Saints lose three of their final five? Yes. The chances are grim, but you wouldn’t be wasting capital wagering on Tom Brady and the Buccs, especially since they bring (+1600) odds and the best quarterback to ever do it.

The Buccaneers can run the football and play stout defense most of the time. They also have some of the most explosive skill position players in the game in Brady’s arsenal. If their secondary can get on track, the Buccaneers will be a dangerous team.


NFC West

Seattle Seahawks -239
Los Angeles Rams +220
Arizona Cardinals +1400
San Francisco 49ers +7000

The NFC West is wide open. Everyone is in play. While the Seahawks sit with an 8-3 record, their defense has holes despite the fact that they are playing better since the Carlos Dunlap acquisition and now that Jamal Adams is healthy.

Not far behind Seattle with a 7-4 mark are the Rams. The Rams could be a complete team, but they are extremely Jekyll and Hyde. Jared Goff either plays like the first overall draft pick he was, or he will go out there and look like Ryan Finley. The variance is that drastic.

And while the Rams can run the football, they are inconsistent doing so with their three-headed monster RBBC. Ideally, Sean McVay will commit to one back down the stretch. Where Los Angeles is really dangerous is on the defensive side of the football. Not only are they a top-five unit in total yards and points surrendered, but they also employ Jalen Ramsey and Aaron Donald, two of the best, if not the best at their positions.

The Cardinals were one of the hottest teams in football earlier in the season, but in the second half, Kliff Kingsbury’s inexperience is showing with questionable play-calling. See the recent Patriots loss. What’s more, if you can contain Kyler Murray’s rushing ability, the entire offense is stifled. They have yet to show us that that can win more than one way. After a 5-2 start, the Cardinals have lost three of their past four games, including two straight. They must figure it out down the stretch.

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The 49ers are the longshot here. However, their 5-6 record is not because of a Super Bowl hangover. They have been decimated by injuries all year long. Coming off of an impressive Week 12 win over the Rams, the 49ers have shown they have some juice left.

They got Richard Sherman, Raheem Mostert, Jeff Wilson, and Deebo Samuel back from injury. As a result, the 49ers were able to efficiently run the football, limit what Nick Mullens had to do while opening up the pass, allowing Samuel to go for over 100 receiving yards in his first game back facing one of the stingiest secondaries in the league.

Meanwhile, with Sherman back for the first time since September, the 49ers’ defense played one of their best games of the season. If Jimmy Garoppolo could return, this team could be dangerous. Kyle Shanahan is the real deal. If they can remain healthy, the 49ers will make a run.

Let’s take a look at the remaining schedule for NFC West clubs.

  • Seahawks (8-3): Giants, Jets, at Washington, Rams, at 49ers
  • Rams (7-4): at Cardinals, Patriots, Jets, at Seahawks, Cardinals
  • Cardinals (6-5): Rams, at Giants, Eagles, 49ers, at Rams
  • 49ers (5-6): Bills, Washington, at Cowboys, at Cardinals, Seahawks

I want to rule out the Cardinals from winning the NFC West. Their schedule is brutal down the stretch and they are cold. While they can still remain a Wild Card team, winning the division is a longshot unless they figure it out defensively.

I actually give a better shot to the 49ers making a run than the Cardinals. The 49ers have (+8000) odds to win the West and outside of their upcoming game against the Bills, I can see them winning the rest of their matchups.

For the 49ers to win, the Seahawks need to collapse, which likely won’t happen. They play three of the worst teams in the NFL in their final five. Where they could be held up, however, is in their final two outings facing the Cardinals and 49ers. With (-228) odds to win the West, they are the safest wager in the division.

If the Seahawks go 3-2 down the stretch, the Rams will win the division. With (+225) odds, they are your best bet. I can easily see Los Angeles going 4-1 in the final five games, with a Week 16 matchup with Seattle being the deciding factor.

It comes down to who you trust more. If the Rams can figure out how to run the ball consistently, their defense is good enough to smother anyone.

Stay tuned for the updated AFC futures odds after Wednesday Afternoon Football between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Anthony Cervino

Anthony Cervino is an NFL Writer and Betting Analyst for The Game Day. He is also a lifelong NFL savant and self-proclaimed league historian. In the industry, Anthony has excelled in both the fantasy football and sports betting space with fantasy his proverbial bread and butter. Anthony has made appearances on SiriusXM, amongst other publications. He is also the co-creator of the FF Faceoff (Faceoff Sports Network) and the FF Faceoff Mental Health Podathon partnered with the Hayden Hurst Foundation. Industry Clout: 15th most accurate ranker in the FantasyPros ECR for both draft and in-season accuracy (2019) | 8th most accurate ranker in the FantasyPros ECR for sleepers (2020) | 13th most accurate ranker in the FantasyPros ECR for in-season accuracy, including 2nd at quarterback and 3rd at tight end (2021).

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