The NFL season is just a few weeks away and the contenders in the NFC are starting to take shape.
Can the Los Angeles Rams win the conference for the second-straight season? Or is this the year the Green Bay Packers finally get over the hump? Plus, is there a sleeper contender in the conference that could rise to the top?
To help guide you with our NFL Super Bowl predictions series, here are our NFC Championship predictions and betting tips.
NFC Championship Betting Odds
What Are The NFC Championship Odds?
Which team should be the favorite to win the NFC Championship and who are the best longshots on the board?
NFC Championship odds are courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook and current as of Thursday, Aug. 11, at 11 a.m. ET.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+250)
- Green Bay Packers (+450)
- Los Angeles Rams (+450)
- San Francisco 49ers (+700)
- Dallas Cowboys (+900)
- Philadelphia Eagles (+1000)
- Arizona Cardinals (+1200)
- New Orleans Saints (+1600)
- Minnesota Vikings (+1600)
- Washington Commanders (+4000)
- New York Giants (+5000)
- Chicago Bears (+7000)
- Seattle Seahawks (+7000)
- Carolina Panthers (+6000)
- Detroit Lions (+6000)
- Atlanta Falcons (+10000)
The Rams have won the NFC in two of the last four seasons and yet, they aren’t even the favorites this year. That just goes to show the power of Tom Brady and the Buccaneers.
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Tampa Bay nearly pulled off an incredible comeback in the playoffs against Los Angeles, but they couldn’t get a defensive stop when they needed one. However, with a young defense and Brady leading the offense, it’s easy to understand why the Buccaneers are the current favorites to win the conference.
As for the other team that made it to the NFC Championship last season, the 49ers come in with (+650) odds. With San Francisco officially turning the reigns over to Trey Lance, there are some concerns about what the passing game might look like this year. Still, the 49ers have fourth-best odds in the conference due to their strong run game and elite defense.
NFC Champion Best Bet
Green Bay Packers (+450)
After losing at home to the 49ers in the Divisional Round, it felt a little bit like the end of an era in Green Bay. However, Aaron Rodgers decided to return and the Packers still have one of the best rosters in the conference, even despite losing star wide receiver Davante Adams to the Raiders.
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Where the Packers have a chance to be great this season is on the defensive side of the ball. Jaire Alexander is back and fully healthy. When he is on the field, he is one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL.
There is still some concern about the offense, but look for the Packers to use both A.J. Dillon and Aaron Jones a ton in the passing game. This might not be the most explosive offense in the NFL, but this is arguably the most well-balanced team in the NFL.
NFC Champion Contenders
Los Angeles Rams (+450)
If you aren’t going to bet on the Buccaneers or the Packers to win the conference, the Rams are the next best bet. Obviously, they are the defending Super Bowl champions and they won the NFC West last year, which was one of the most competitive divisions in recent memory.
But one of the biggest reasons why they are a good bet is that Matthew Stafford is now in his second year with Sean McVay. We saw Stafford have a fantastic season last year, but he should be even better now that he has a full grasp of the offense.
Plus, the addition of Allen Robinson gives Los Angeles another weapon on the outside that defenses will have to honor, along with Cooper Kupp of course. Don’t be surprised if the Rams win 12 or 13 games this season and wind up right back in the NFC Championship Game once again.
Philadelphia Eagles (+1000)
The Eagles have a Super Bowl-caliber roster on both sides of the ball. They might just have the best offensive and defensive lines in the NFL. Throw in the addition of A.J. Brown and their passing attack could really take off this year.
The only real question is Jalen Hurts, who looked simply overwhelmed in Philadelphia’s Wild Card loss to the Buccaneers in January. He needs to grow significantly as a passer, but now he has all the weapons in place to make a big leap in his third season.
If Hurts can improve as a passer, the Eagles make for a really strong dark horse in the NFC. With just the Cowboys as a threat in the NFC East, they could easily win the division and host a playoff game or two this year.
New Orleans Saints (+1600)
The Saints have won nine or more games in five consecutive seasons, but last year was the first time since 2016 that they did not make the playoffs. So why should you think about betting them to win the NFC this season, especially now that Sean Payton is gone?
Well, it has everything to do with their defense and Jameis Winston.
New Orleans had the fourth-best scoring defense last season, allowing only 19.7 points per game. Over their final five games of the year, they allowed just 11.8 points per game. New Orleans loaded up on defense this offseason and it would be a shock if they weren’t a top-five unit again in 2022.
The Saints are also getting back a healthy Winston, who played extremely well before tearing his ACL. New Orleans was 5-2 with Winston as the starter and he had a 14:3 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Their receiving corps will also be significantly upgraded with rookie Chris Olave, veteran Jarvis Landry, and the returning Michael Thomas.
If Winston can continue to play like that and the defense dominates, New Orleans could easily come out of the NFC this year.