Every season in the NFL, it always seems as though one of the conferences ends up being better than the other. You look at the AFC and you see the Miami Dolphins missing out on the postseason despite racking up double-digit wins. On the flipside of the coin, the NFC has a division winner making the playoffs with a losing record, while another team snuck in after playing .500 ball. The 7 teams are now set in the NFC, and while there seems to be a real disparity between the #1 and the #7 seed, we do tend to see strange things happen once the Playoffs begin. Let’s take a look at the odds to win the NFC for all 7 teams vying for the championship.
Updated 2020-21 NFC Championship odds | NFL Expert Analysis
Green Bay Packers (+140) – One of the big questions heading into this season was about how Aaron Rodgers might react to the Packers moving up in the draft to take a QB. If Rodgers was bothered by the move, he certainly didn’t show it, posting MVP type numbers as he led Green Bay to a 13-3 season. The Packers closed out the regular season with 6-straight wins, a run that took them to the #1 seed and a bye in the opening round.
New Orleans Saints (+300) – The Saints 12-4 record on the season is all the more impressive when you consider that they were without the services of Drew Brees for a few weeks. This is a team that has been knocking on the door for a few seasons now, but who have encountered some bad luck once the postseason rolled around. Will those playoff woes continue, or will the Saints find their way back to the Super Bowl?
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+300) – It has by no means been a smooth ride for Tom Brady and the Buccaneers this season, but they finished strong, winning 4 in a row to get to 11-5 on the season. They will start on the road in Washington, with Tom Brady looking to bring the playoff experience and coolness that could potentially take this team far.
Seattle Seahawks (+500) – If you are looking for a bit of a dark horse in the NFC this postseason, the Seahawks might be a team to look at. They quietly posted a 12-4 record to win the West and closed out the season on a 4-game win streak. They will start their run to the Super Bowl with a home tilt against their division rivals, the LA Rams.
LA Rams (+1400) – After a disappointing season where they missed the playoffs a year after making the Super Bowl, the Rams bounced back with a solid 2020. The problem that they have heading into the postseason is that they are more than likely going to be without the services of starting QB Jared Goff. That does not help their chances at all.
Washington Football Team (+4000) – It took the improbable return of QB Alex Smith from a potentially career-ending injury to light a fire under this team. They put together a strong second half in an admittedly poor NFC East to get to the playoffs with a 7-9 record. Their defense is more than good enough to cause some problems.
Chicago Bears (+4000) – Love him or hate him, you cannot deny the positive role that much-maligned QB Mitch Trubisky played in getting the Bears to the postseason with an 8-8 record. Whether he can lead his team into New Orleans and get a win in Wild Card Weekend is another matter entirely.