2017 NFL Division Odds: Who Will Repeat As Division Champs?

Posted by Kenny Bell on Wednesday,July 12, 2017 11:50, EDT in

Never have all eight division champions in the NFL – the league went to eight divisions in 2002 – repeating the following season. And I can pretty much guarantee you that won’t happen in 2017, either. Here are the top teams in 2017 to bet on and repeat as champions of their NFL Division.

2017 NFL Division Odds: Who Will Repeat As Division Champs?

New England Patriots (AFC East)

The Patriots are the biggest division favorites in football and they should be: The Super Bowl champs are getting better somehow this offseason and they still have Tom Brady at quarterback. The division rival Dolphins have Ryan Tannehill, the Buffalo Bills have Tyrod Taylor and the New York Jets basically have no one and should just run the ball on every play.

New England managed to retain key coaches from its Super Bowl team while adding potential stars on offense and defense. You shouldn’t do that after winning a title. Coordinators expecting to leave for new head coaching jobs. Stars get paid on the open market.

So Who Got Signed?

The Pats re-signed linebacker Dont’a Hightower even though he was offered more money by the Jets. The Pats also held onto Malcolm Butler instead of trading him before the cornerback leaves in free agency, as the Patriots did with contemporaries Chandler Jones and Jamie Collins last year.

Finally, the Pats traded for or signed guys in their prime like Brandin Cooks (best deep threat Brady has had since Randy Moss), Dwayne Allen, Lawrence Guy and Kony Ealy. The rich get richer.

Latest NFL Betting Trends

  • Odds to win their NFL Division: -700
  • Odds to Win Super Bowl LII: +400
  • Odds to Win AFC Conference: +220
  • 2017-18 Regular Season Wins Total: O 12½ -120 / U 12½ -110

Pittsburgh Steelers (AFC North)

This is also as simple as quarterback. The Steelers have Ben Roethlisberger while the Ravens have Joe Flacco, the Bengals Andy Dalton and the Browns a bunch of clowns. So it’s not close. Pittsburgh also has arguably the NFL’s best running back in Le’Veon Bell and its best receiver in Antonio Brown.

Brown has the most receptions in NFL history (526) in any player’s first six years in the league. Playing his first six years with the Steelers, Brown has the most receptions (526), receiving yards (7,093) and all-purpose yards (9,911). He has recorded at least one reception in 84 consecutive regular-season games in which he has played, 90, including the postseason, dating back to October 3, 2010.

Brown is the first player in NFL history to lead his conference in receptions in four straight seasons. Last year, he also became the first player in team history with 1,000 receiving yards and 10 receiving touchdowns in three straight seasons (2014-16).

  • Odds to win their NFL Division: -140
  • Odds to Win Super Bowl LII: +900
  • Odds to Win AFC Conference: +380
  • 2017-18 Regular Season Wins Total: O 10½ -130 / U 10½ +100

Check out my season overall preview of the Steelers from earlier this week here at MyBookie

Dallas Cowboys (NFC East)

The Cowboys have the best offensive triplets in the division by far in QB Dak Prescott, running back Ezekiel Elliott and WR Dez Bryant. They better hope Prescott stays healthy after losing Tony Romo to retirement.

I worry about this team’s defense after the loss of seven contributors off last year’s team and a couple of guys are facing suspensions. However, the team used its first-round pick toward a defensive end upgrade by drafting Taco Charlton out of Michigan with the 28th selection.

Coordinator Rod Marinelli has a reputation of getting the most out of defensive linemen who have been anonymous elsewhere within the league; here’s his chance to work with a first-round talent. Dallas also spent four draft picks on defensive backs, which will be crucial, given that it lost four of its top six defensive backs from last season’s depth chart to free agency.

Latest NFL Betting Trends

  • Odds to win their NFL Division: +110
  • Odds to Win Super Bowl LII: +750
  • Odds to Win NFC Conference: +400
  • 2017-18 Regular Season Wins Total: O 9½ -140 / U 9½ +110

The Dallas Cowboys are top favorites to win their NFL division once again this season.

Green Bay Packers (NFC North)

Simply put: the Packers have Aaron Rodgers. Meanwhile, Minnesota has Sam Bradford, Detroit Matthew Stafford (who is pretty good) and the Bears Mike Glennon/Mitch Trubisky. As long as Rodgers is in his prime and healthy, the Pack are favorites to win this division.

Latest NFL Betting Trends

  • Odds to win their NFL Division: -280
  • Odds to Win Super Bowl LII: +800
  • Odds to Win NFC Conference: +400
  • 2017-18 Regular Season Wins Total: O 10½ -105 / U 10½ -125

Seattle Seahawks (NFC West)

This might be the worst division in football – it was the only one last year with just one team finishing with a non-losing record and that was Seattle. The Seahawks have the best QB in the division in Russell Wilson, the best defense by far and are upgrading at running back with Eddie Lacy.

It wouldn’t surprise me if the Seahawks end up 6-0 inside the NFC West this year. The only team that might be decent is Arizona, but it regressed big time in 2016.

Latest NFL Betting Trends

  • Odds to win their NFL Division: -350
  • Odds to Win Super Bowl LII: +750
  • Odds to Win NFC Conference: +400
  • 2017-18 Regular Season Wins Total: O 10½ -130 / U 10½ +100

Final 2017 NFL Division Predictions

It’s very probable that the Patriots and Steelers will take their respective NFL Division title once again and probably will meet in the Playoffs. Dallas is a team that is building up and looks like they will win their division again.

For Green Bay and Seattle, they will most likely have no problem getting another divisional title under their belts, but then again, some teams are looking like interesting dark horses for 2017.