Here’s A Closer Look At The Odds To Win Every 2017 NFL Division
NFC EastDallas Cowboys +110 New York Giants +180 Philadelphia Eagles +300 Washington Redskins +450 Analysis: With the fourth through eighth toughest schedules in the NFL in 2017, the winner of this division is almost literally up in the air despite the fact that Dallas went a blistering 13-3 last season and New York went 11-5. In 2017, you should expect the Cowboys at +110 and Giants at a more value-packed +180, to fight it out again for the division title with both, Washington at +300 and Philadelphia at +450, right on their heels.
Dallas needs to improve their mediocre pass defense while New York needs to address its non-existent rushing attack from last season. Philadelphia added two veteran wide receivers that will likely start while Washington’s biggest offseason move was the loss of wide receiver DeSean Jackson. Believe it or not, nine wins could bag the NFC East division title in 2017.
NFC NorthGreen Bay Packers -280 Minnesota Vikings +250 Detroit Lions +500 Chicago Bears +2300
Analysis: Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are the clear-cut favorites at -280 to win the NFC North in 2017 after going 10-6 last season to beat out Detroit by one game. The Lions are +500 picks to win the division despite reaching the playoffs and winning one more game than Minnesota. The Vikings will get used to life without Adrian Peterson but they still need to address their rushing attack and low-scoring offense in general while the lowly Chicago Bears are just hoping to reach a half-dozen wins after going 3-13 last season. Green Bay looks like sure money to reach 10 wins at the very least and bag another NFC North division crown.
NFC SouthAtlanta Falcons +130 Carolina Panthers +180 New Orleans Saints +300 Tampa Bay Buccaneers +300
Analysis: Despite their stunning collapse in Super Bowl 51, the explosive Atlanta Falcons are still favored to win the NFC South in 2017, but I’ve got reservations and you should too. First, there’s that Super Bowl hangover thing the Carolina Panthers went through last season after reaching Super Bowl 50 the year before. Then there’s the fact that Cam Newton and the Panthers are retooled and hungry, not to mention Jameis Winston and the value-packed Tampa Bay Buccaneers are clearly a team on the rise after winning nine games last season. Oh, did I forget to mention that future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints are still one of the most explosive offensive teams in the league and are probably about sick and tired right now of missing the playoffs?
NFC WestSeattle Seahawks -350 Arizona Cardinals +200 Los Angeles Rams +1600 San Francisco 49ers +2800 Analysis: Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks didn’t have their best season in going 10-5-1 last season but still managed to run away (okay, more like, jog) with the NFC West division title by beating Arizona (7-8-1) by three games. Still, after recording three straight double-digit winning seasons prior to last year and retooling a bit in the offseason, the Cards could be playoff bound again in 2017? In the cases of the Rams (4-12) and 49ers (2-14) both teams will be also-rans not worth wagering on to win the division as they simply want to take some steps forward in an effort to get back to respectability.
AFC EastNew England Patriots -700 Miami Dolphins +500 Buffalo Bills +900 New York Jets +2000
Analysis: Okay, there’s Tom Brady and the Super Bowl-winning New England Patriots (14-2) at -700 and then there’s everyone else in the AFC East. Miami (10-6) had a fine first season under head coach Adam Gase to reach the postseason for the first time in a decade while the Buffalo Bills (7-9) have a new head coach and some new hopes after underachieving under Rex Ryan the last few season. The New York Jets are a complete mess, although I still say that head coach Todd Bowles possesses one of the best defensive football minds on the planet.
AFC NorthPittsburgh Steelers -140 Baltimore Ravens +200 Cincinnati Bengals +220 Cleveland Browns +2300 Analysis: The Steelers (11-5) beat Baltimore (8-8) by three games and look like virtual locks to win the competitive AFC North again in 2017 as -140 picks. The Ravens are looking to take a step forward and could if they can improve their offense a bit in 2017. The team to watch out for in this division could be the Cincinnati Bengals seeing as how they made the playoffs in five straight seasons prior to last year. The Cleveland Browns had a helluva’ draft haul, but they still have a long way to go to get back to being a respectable franchise.
AFC SouthHouston Texans +160 Indianapolis Colts +160 Tennessee Titans +180 Jacksonville Jaguars +580
Analysis: The Houston Texans won the AFC South with a modest 9-7 record, but were tied for wins by Marcus Mariota and the blossoming Tennessee Titans, not to mention the fact that Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts were just a game back at 8-8. Last but not least, the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars could be on their way back to at least being a hard-nosed team that competes hard every time out after hiring former head coach Tom Coughlin to run their football operations and bringing in NFL veteran Sean McDermott to lead them in a new direction.
AFC WestKansas City Chiefs +180 Oakland Raiders +180 Denver Broncos +200 Los Angeles Chargers +380
Analysis: The AFC West was the toughest division in all of football a year ago, but their reward for excellence last season is the four toughest schedules in the league in 2017. Kansas City and Oakland both went 12-4 last season and will battle it out again for division supremacy in 2017. However, it should also be noted that the Denver Broncos could surprise if they get any kind of competent play at the quarterback position and that the Los Angeles Chargers could beat anyone on any given day, mostly because of the play of gun-slinging quarterback Philip Rivers.