2018 NFC Championship - Odds to Win
Updated: January 2019
Philadelphia Eagles +500
Minnesota Vikings +600
Los Angeles Rams +650
Green Bay Packers +800
New Orleans Saints +800
Atlanta Falcons +1000
San Francisco 49ers +1000
New York Giants +1400
Carolina Panthers +1600
Dallas Cowboys +1800
BetOnline odds Updated: January 2019
FAVORITES TO WIN THE NFC IN 2018
The defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles are an early favorite to get right back to the NFC championship game where they demolished Minnesota last year, 38-7. Remember, they did it without starting quarterback Carson Wentz who went down late in the season with a knee injury. Backup Nick Foles, the Super Bowl MVP, took over and led the Eagles to the Lombardi Trophy. With Wentz back, can anyone stop the Philadelphia offense?
If anyone can it just might be the Vikings. Prior to the Eagles ripping through head coach Mike Zimmer’s defense in the NFC title game, Minnesota led the NFL in total (275.9) and scoring (15.8) defense. Defensive end Everson Griffen recorded 13 sacks and S Harrison Smith had a team-high five interceptions. The defense returns nearly intact, but the offense received a major boost with the signing of QB Kirk Cousins.
While journeyman Case Keenum had a career year last season in Minnesota, the Vikings actually upgraded the position with the signing of Cousins, formerly of Washington. Last year was Cousins third straight 4,000-yards-plus season and he is considered one of the best young talents in the game. He will have wide receivers Adam Thielen (91 rec. for 1,276 yards) and Stefon Diggs (64 for 849) as well as RB Dalvin Cook, whose rookie season was cut short by a knee injury, to work with. The addition of Cousins should make Minnesota a top 10 offense and, more importantly, better built to beat Philadelphia.
Besides the Vikings, both the Green Bay Packers and the Los Angeles Rams have the capability to challenge anybody in the NFC for supremacy. The presence of QB Aaron Rodgers alone in Green Bay gives the Packers a chance to beat anyone. Rodgers was limited to just seven games last year after being injured early in a game against Minnesota. The Packers should be improved in the running game and got much better on defense when they drafted cornerbacks Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson with their first two picks.
Don’t forget about the Rams who went 11-5 and won the NFC West for the first time since 2003. Los Angeles was ousted in the Wild Card Round by Atlanta, but NFL Coach of the Year Sean McVay returns a roster built for a championship. The offense is outstanding led by third-year quarterback Jared Goff, who improved dramatically from Year 1 to Year 2. Todd Gurley gives the Rams one of the best running backs in the league and WR Brandin Cooks, formerly of New England, was signed in free agency. On defense, the Rams added DT Ndamukong Suh and CB Aqib Talib to a unit that already had Pro Bowl DE Aaron Donald.
If there is any other NFC team that might be able to knock off Philadelphia, it could be New Orleans. The Saints won the NFC South last year and could do so again in 2018. Quarterback Drew Brees leads another well-balanced offense and New Orleans was much improved defensively in 2017. The Saints will prove whether or not they are worthy. New Orleans faces Philadelphia, Minnesota, and the Rams during the regular season.
NFL Team Breakdown by Division
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