The answer to this question may appear obvious as the NFC representative won Super Bowl LV. That team being the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A playoff run that was led by a dominant defense coupled with arguably the best athlete ever in Tom Brady. But this upcoming year — like many of the past — the NFC is wide open.
Who Is The Best NFL Teams In The NFC?
On the surface, it’s the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Throughout their playoff run, they looked like the better team in all four of their games.
Despite the fact that Tom Brady will be 44 years old by the time we get to Super Bowl LVI, the Buccaneers have perhaps one of the best offenses in the NFL. Their offensive line was stellar throughout the postseason and majority of the regular season. Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown, Scotty Miller, Rob Gronkowski, Cameron Brate are all at the disposal of Tom Brady.
But, the underlying factor here in all of this is that no team has repeated as Super Bowl Champions since the Patriots (‘03-’04). Many thought the Chiefs were bound to be the next dynasty, but they couldn’t even complete the task of repeating as World Champions in a game in which many perceived the Chiefs to be the better team.
Over the last several years, we have seen teams in both conferences get hot at the right time and end up in the Conference Championship or Super Bowl. Last year, it was the Tennessee Titans, who fell short in the AFC Conference Championship. This year, it was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who ended the year as champions.
Football is a week-to-week game in which anything can happen within the white lines over the course of 60 minutes. But, the majority of the sportsbooks still believe that Brady will be in Los Angeles playing in Super Bowl LVI.
2022 NFC Championship Winner Odds
|NFC Odds||FanDuel Sportsbook||DraftKings Sportsbook||BetMGM Sportsbook||BetRivers Sportsbook|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+450||+450||+400||+450|
|Green Bay Packers||+500||+500||+375||+500|
|Los Angeles Rams||+600||+600||+600||+600|
|San Francisco 49ers||+650||+650||+700||+650|
|New Orleans Saints||+750||+900||+800||+900|
|New York Giants||+3500||+2800||+2500||+2800|
|Washington Football Team||+3500||+2800||+3500||+2800|
2021-2022 NFC Championship Contenders
With the new season approaching, we can expect some major movement in the offseason. Just this past week, the Houston Texans decided to cut star defensive end, J.J. Watt. There is already speculation that he could return home to Wisconsin and join the Green Bay Packers. A position in which Green Bay needs help at. Coupled with that, the sweepstakes of QB DeShaun Watson have yet to begin. The San Francisco 49ers have made it clear they will be looking to make a run at him.
Over in Dallas, many do not know what to expect with Dak Prescott. Will the two sides be able to reach an agreement or will Dak be playing under center in a different city? There are rumors that Odell Beckham Jr. wouldn’t mind a trade to the Green Bay Packers.
Not to mention the defending champions need to resign several key players in the offseason. Or the fact that the New Orleans Saints will be in search of a new quarterback as it appears more likely than not that Drew Brees is heading towards retirement.
But to answer the question, there are many contenders in the NFC. In fact, I would go out on the limb and say that all seven teams who make the playoffs will have a legitimate shot at the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
NFC Contenders To Bet On
With that being said, there are many “sneaky” early bets to place on potential NFC Contenders. For starters, the San Francisco 49ers. Last year, their team was derailed by injuries. Despite the rumors circulating about their quarterback position, this team can be dominant when at full strength.
In fact, the whole NFC West — perhaps the best division in all of football — has a chance to make a run. Thus far, the Los Angeles Rams have made the biggest splash, trading for QB Matthew Stafford. Stafford coupled with that defensive unit can lead to all kinds of success in the NFC. The reigning NFC West Champions — Seattle Seahawks — have all the key pieces to make a deep run. In fact, they have been rumored to be inquiring about Eagles TE Zach Ertz, who is on the trade block.
Over in the NFC North, while the Packers are expected to repeat as NFC North Champions, the Chicago Bears cannot be slept on. They have been rumored to be in the Carson Wentz sweepstakes, a franchise altering move that could take this Bears team to the next level. The Minnesota Vikings are another team with question marks, but certainly have the talent to make a playoff run.
From a sports betting standpoint, there are many strong picks. The Bears at +3000 is quite intriguing as they are one trade away from becoming a contender. The Seahawks at +1100 is also interesting as they certainly have the pieces of a Super Bowl team. But, outside of Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the safest bet would be the Green Bay Packers.