While the New York Giants might hold the Lombardi Trophy, are the NFL odds makers expecting them to pull a repeat next season? Find out who are the favorite NFL picks to lead the NFC Division in the upcoming season.
The New York Giants prevailed in Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVI with a
21-17 triumph against the New England Patriots, giving the National Football
Conference its third straight league championship. Eli Manning and Co. are already considered
long shots to repeat the feat next season, with the Las Vegas Hilton opening
the NFC’s Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints as the league’s top ‘chalk.’
Lets go over the early NFL odds and determine who we should add to our NFL picks while there is value to be found.
Packers, Saints lead
Green Bay Packers (5/1): Mike McCarthy’s squad was
eliminated by New York in the NFC’s Divisional Playoffs, but expects to be a NFL futures sports betting favorite throughout the off-season months. The Packers won all eight of their
regular-season home games, despite ranking last in the league for defense
(411.6 YPG allowed).
New Orleans Saints (6/1): Saints quarterback Drew
Brees led his squad to a league-best 467.1 YPG this year, while lighting up
foes for 34.2 PPG. New Orleans went 5-1
SU in its six games against NFC South Division foes, with Brees and Co. having
the inside track again next season. The
Saints have added incentive with Super Bowl XLVII slated to be held in “The Big
Easy” for the first time since 2002.
Philadelphia Eagles (12/1): Andy Reid is confirmed to
return at the helm for Philadelphia, despite a subpar 8-8 mark this year. Eagles quarterback Michael Vick will be back
as the team’s multi-dimensional threat under center, while running back LeSean
McCoy looks to continue lifting his numbers after dashing for a career-high
1309 yards this season.
Giants, 49ers return as
early dark horses
New York Giants (20/1): The New York Giants dropped five of
their last eight regular season games, giving an impression that another “magic
carpet” ride could be needed for Tom Coughlin’s crew. The Giants went 3-3 in their six NFC East
Division battles, with the group of foes expected to again be among the
league’s most challenging opposition.
Dallas Cowboys (20/1): Jason Garrett’s squad will
have its work cut out again this year, with its meetings against New York and
Philadelphia circled. Cowboys
quarterback Tony Romo ranked third among the NFC’s signal callers in passer
rating (102.5), while linebacker DeMarcus Ware logged a sizable 19 ½ sacks.
San Francisco 49ers (20/1): The Niners notched
improvement this year under Jim Harbuagh’s direction, allowing a stingy 14.3
PPG en route to its first playoff run in nine seasons. San Francisco won five of its six battles in
the NFC West Division, while going 7-1 in its eight home games.
Atlanta Falcons (20/1): Mike Smith’s crew poses
the biggest threat to edge out New Orleans in the NFC South Division, despite
dropping both of its battles against the Saints this year. Atlanta’s Michael Turner led the NFC in rushing
(1,340 yards), while quarterback Matt Ryan tossed 29 touchdown passes.
Detroit Lions (20/1): The “Motor City” had some rejuvenation this
year, with Detroit making the playoffs after a 10-6 regular-season mark. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford found
Calvin “Megatron” Johnson for 96 receptions, with the wide out leading the
league in receiving yards (105.1 YPG). Look for the duo to build further from their successful season, giving
the Lions a solid chance at another wild-card spot.