2009 NFC Championship Odds – G-Men, Birds and Cowboys are Favorites
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Legitimate NFC Title Contenders
This category is reserved for the cream of the crop in the NFC. Each team in this category is a legitimate title contender that could represent the NFC in Super Bowl XLIV.
New York Giants +450
The Giants (12-4 SU, 12-4 ATS, 8-7-1 O/U)got knocked out of last season’s playoffs with a home loss to Philadelphia but are undoubtedly the odds-on-favorite to win the NFC in 2009.
Philadelphia Eagles +600
I really like the Philadelphia Eagles (9-6 -1 SU, 10-6 ATS, 7-8-1 O/U) this season and think they may have a Super Bowl appearance in them this season.
Arizona Cardinals +1200
The Cardinals (9-7 SU, 9-7 ATS, 11-5 O/U) shocked the entire league by not only reaching the Super Bowl last season, but nearly winning it all, losing to Pittsburgh in the game’s final moments. Arizona will once again have more than enough offense – and if the defense improves – I say nothing is out of the realm of possibilities for the franchise.
Atlanta Falcons +1000
The Falcons (11-5 SU, 9-7 ATS, 7-9 O/U) have the best young quarterback in the game today (sorry Joe Flacco) and added a Hall of Fame tight end in former longtime Kansas City Chief, Tony Gonzalez. If Atlanta’s defense improves – a real possibility under defensive-minded head coach Mike Smith, I say the Falcons could be really scary in 2009.
Minnesota Vikings +750
The Vikings (10-6 SU, 6-10 ATS, 9-7 O/U) have plenty of defense, and the game’s best running back in Adrian Peterson. Now, if the team can get some positive play and solid leadership from either Sage Rosenfels (please) or Tavaris Jackson (don’t do it Brad Childress), then the Vikes could leapfrog both Philadelphia and New York as the favorite to reach Super Bowl XLIII out of the NFC.
Carolina Panthers +1200
While No one seems to be mentioning the legitimacy of Carolina (12-4 SU, 9-6-1 ATS, 8-8 O/U) as a legitimate NFC title contender in 2009, this team went 12-4 last season and has one of the game’s best defensive minds as its head coach in John Fox. With one of the game’s best rushing attacks and a powerful defense, the Panthers just need to improve on its one-dimensional passing attack (they only seem to throw to Steve Smith) and they could surprise in a big way this upcoming season.
Knockin’ At The Door
These teams are just a cut behind the conference’s top contenders, but are still teams that could legitimately surprise in a big way in 2009
Dallas Cowboys +650
While most of the team’s ‘drama’ should be gone in Dallas (9-7 SU, 7-9 ATS, 9-7 O/U) with the departure or Terrell Owens and Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones, the Boy’s will be depending on a group of wide receivers that are mostly inexperienced and not very scary at all. Oh by the way, the Cowboys also need some improvement out of quarterback Tony Romo in you ask me.
New Orleans Saints +1000
I love New Orleans (8-8 SU, 10-5-1 ATS, 10-5-1 O/U) quarterback Drew Brees and everyone knows that the Saints’ can score the ball almost at will with their pro bowl quarterback’s leadership. Now, if only the Saints can find a way to stop the other team, they’ll have as good a shot as any team in the NFC, but of course, that’s a very big if.
Chicago Bears +1000
Chicago (9-7 SU, 6-8-2 ATS, 7-9 O/U) has a strong-armed quarterback and a respected defensive-minded head coach that has taken the franchise to the Super Bowl. Now, all Chicago has to do is improve its offense immensely while getting back to playing the top-notch defense they displayed just a few seasons ago. A playoff appearance may not be out of the question for Chicago, but they’re not in the class of the elite in the NFC just yet.
Not Gonna’ Happen
This group of teams has almost no shot whatsoever of hoisting the AFC Championship trophy during the upcoming season – and for many – at no time in the foreseeable future.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +2500
The Buccaneers (9-7 SU, 8-8 ATS, 8-8 O/U) have a new head coach this year and will take a step backwards.
Washington Redskins +1600
Washington (8-8 SU, 6-8-2 ATS, 3-12-1 O/U) has a solid season under first-time head coach Jim Zorn in 2008, but will be hard-pressed to reach that mark again in 2009 playing in the super-competitive NFC East which boasts three of the best teams in the entire conference.
Green Bay Packers +1300
I like Aaron Rodgers a lot, but the Packers (6-10 SU, 8-8 ATS, 9-6-1 O/U)have too many areas to improve in to really become a serious conference title threat in 2009.
San Francisco 49ers +2800
I absolutely love Niners (7-9 SU, 7-8-1 ATS, 8-7-1 O/U) no-nonsense head coach Mike Singletary, but this team still has big questions at quarterback, along with several other positions. Reaching .500 this season would be a positive step for Frisco and Singletary.
Seattle Seahawks +2000
The Seahawks (4-12 SU, 7-8-1 ATS, 7-7-2 O/U) fell fast and hard in an injury-riddled 2008 season but could bounce back in a big way under the guidance of veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. Still, I think 8-8 sounds about right for this team.
St Louis Rams +5000
If the Rams (2-14 SU, 6-10 ATS, 7-8-1 O/U) surpass four victories in 2009, I’ll be surprised. This team has gone backwards in too big of a way in the last couple of seasons to bounce back in one shot under a first-time head coach.
Detroit Lions +8000
The Lions (0-16 SU, 7-9 ATS, 10-5-1 O/U) simply have too far to go just to get back to respectability to make a difference in 2009. The team drafted quarterback Matthew Stafford with the No. 1 overall draft pick but should have traded the pick as they need to upgrade at far too many positions for one rookie quarterback to make a difference any time soon.
Analysis: Okay BetUS NFL sports betting members, my final four in the NFC are New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Carolina with New York and Philadelphia advancing to the conference finals and New York extracting some revenge on Philadelphia for last season’s playoff loss.
If New York can find a way to throw the ball a bit more effectively, while maintaining its rushing attack and defensive excellence, the Giants should be back in the Super Bowl.
However, it’s certainly possible that Philadelphia, Carolina, Atlanta, Minnesota or even Arizona could represent the competitive NFC in Super Bowl XLIV.
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