Score Big with NFC Best Bets
The 2022-23 NFL regular season is right around the corner. Let’s dive into the NFC and tackle some futures bets worth taking a flier on.
Last week I dove into the AFC futures bet market and dug up some of the best bets to invest in for this coming season.
That means this week it’s time to transition over to the NFC and find some more futures to check out for this year. This is an extremely strong group in the NFC this season, specifically at the top.
The odds on these offerings will be sure to rapidly decrease as the season begins, so make sure you get in on this action before it’s too late.
It should be another very competitive and exciting NFL season, so make sure you know which bets to have in before it gets underway.
Here are the best covering the NFC.
Carolina Struggles to Reach Six Wins
The Carolina Panthers are attempting to bounce back from a very disappointing 5-12 showing a season ago. The first bright spot for this season is the addition of QB Baker Mayfield from the Cleveland Browns, who the team recently named the opening weekend starter.
The second bright spot will be the return of RB Christian McCaffery, who has played just ten games combined in the past two seasons. The unfortunate thing for the Panthers is that they have many more question marks heading into the season than bright spots.
One glaring concern will be the guys up front protecting Mayfield and McCaffery. This team had one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL last season and will hope to improve after making a couple of supplementary moves in the offseason. The receiver/tight end group is below average, which will make Mayfield’s life a little more difficult as well.
Lastly, the defense is extremely weak and will have a hard time getting off the field. All in all, this team is headed for more of the same from a year ago and is on pace for five or six wins this time around.
Pick: Panthers Under 6.5 Wins (-120 at Caesars)
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Double Digit Victories for Green Bay
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and company are heading into yet another season where they are a much better team than the rest of their division.
They will yet again boast one of the strongest defenses in the NFC, led by rising superstar CB Jaire Alexander. The biggest loss for Green Bay this offseason was the trade of WR Davante Adams, Rodgers’ longtime favorite target, to the Vegas Raiders.
But the team still has a strong receiver group between Allen Lazard, Sammy Watkins and another all-time favorite target of Rodgers’ in Randall Cobb.
Add all that in with workhorse RB Aaron Jones operating behind one of the best offensive lines in the league and this team is ready to return to or near its 13-4 form from a year ago. As per usual, this should be a top one or two seed in the NFC, so surpassing 11 wins shouldn’t be too much to ask.
Pick: Packers Over 11 Wins (-110 at BetMGM)
Philadelphia Rules NFC East
After a surprising playoff push a season ago, the Philadelphia Eagles decided to go all in on building a winning team this offseason. They revamped their defense by adding two new starting LBs in Haason Reddick and Kyzir White, as well as James Bradberry to start opposite Darius Slay at CB.
They drafted a couple of members of the all-time great Georgia Bulldogs defense from last year in DT Jordan Davis and LB Nakobe Dean. This defense should be one of the strongest in the NFC.
The Birds’ biggest move on draft night, however, was a trade. Philadelphia acquired WR AJ Brown from the Tennessee Titans and will now have a dynamic WR duo with Brown and second-year rising star Devonta Smith.
The Eagles also return their entire offensive line, which could be argued as the NFL’s best. The true question for this group will be the play of QB Jalen Hurts and RB Miles Sanders. If these two can continue to take strides forward in their young careers, this could become one of the most feared rushing attacks in the league.
All in all, this team took a huge step forward this offseason and the Dallas Cowboys took a step backwards. Washington and New York will not factor into this division race, so take advantage of the Eagles still being second-favorites to win the NFC East and jump on it now.
Pick: Eagles to win NFC East Division (+155 at Unibet)
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San Francisco Treat of NFC West
The San Francisco 49ers have one of the most feared defensive units in the league year in and year out, largely in part to the dominance of DE Nick Bosa.
You’ll see more of the same this season, and they’ll need it to be able to compete with the likes of the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Niners have a solid line and effective running back trio of Elijah Mitchell, Jeff Wilson and Trey Sermon.
The factor that will be fun to watch unfold this year will be star WR Deebo Samuel’s chemistry with new QB Trey Lance. Samuel and coach Kyle Shanahan created a new role for the WR position last season, as Deebo became a hybrid receiver and running back.
This action along with the continued rise of fellow WR Brandon Aiyuk will give Lance plenty to work with in his first full season as a starter. The team should be a force and if Lance can live up to expectations, the Niners may just surprise people and win the division over the defending champs.
Pick: 49ers to win NFC West (+180 at Tipico)
Tampa Bay Takes NFC
After a very disappointing second-round exit from the playoffs a year ago, Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a large chip on their shoulders heading into this season.
And we all know how it goes when Brady is coming for vengeance. If this isn’t the most talented roster in the NFL, it’s a close second. It’s not even that the team doesn’t have a weak spot. It seems that you can’t even find a position where the starter isn’t elite. The Bucs replaced WR Antonio Brown with Julio Jones and Russell Gage.
They replaced TE Rob Gronkowski with Cameron Brate. They replaced offensive lineman Ryan Jensen and Alex Cappa with Shaq Mason and Luke Goedeke.
The defense remains absolutely stacked. Good luck finding a more talented team in the NFC and perhaps the entire NFL, let alone one that wants to get back to the Super Bowl as badly. Although they are currently NFC favorites, it would be foolish to not jump on the Bucs at +330 now before that number shrinks and perhaps even turns into minus odds very quickly.
Pick: Buccaneers NFC Champions (+330 at Caesars)
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