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NFC Championship Odds and Predictions

The NFC Championship game arrives two weeks before the Super Bowl each year, producing the NFC’s candidate to compete for the season’s title. Anyone betting on the NFC Championship game seeks out a winner that will reach, but not necessarily win, the Super Bowl.

Doing so in the NFC is a lot more difficult than the AFC. Predicting the AFC representative for the Super Bowl has been rather easy in recent years, with the Patriots getting to the title game five times in their last eight tries.

That hasn’t been the case in the NFC, as a different team has reached the Super Bowl in each of the last five seasons. Needless to say, bettors can use a little extra help in making a successful wager in this NFL betting genre.

Hit up this page all year for the latest NFC Championship odds, picks, and analysis if you’re looking for a little extra guidance. The following page offers the same for the AFC Championship.

Latest NFC Championship Odds

New Orleans Saints+200
San Francisco 49ers+300
Seattle Seahawks+450
Green Bay Packers+700
Minnesota Vikings+1000
Dallas Cowboys+1400
Philadelphia Eagles+2000
Los Angeles Rams+6600

NFC Championship Predictions

  • Current Prediction (Michael Wynn): Minnesota Vikings
  • Last Updated: December 20th

The Eagles are decimated on offense so it’s hard to continue backing Doug Pederson’s squad. I’ve seen plenty of flaws with San Francisco, and Seattle and New Orleans really only become enticing if I know they’ll have home-field advantage.

That leaves me with Green Bay and Minnesota, and I think the Vikes are more complete on both sides of the ball. However, we’ll know a lot more on Tuesday once we see what happens in the Packers vs. Vikings Week 16 showdown.

  • Current Prediction (Noah Davis): New Orleans Saints
  • Last Updated: December 20th

While I jumped off the Pats bandwagon, I’m staying firm with the Saints. They lost a shootout to a very good 49ers team but still control their own destiny. If they can get some home playoff games, they’re going to be near-impossible to upend in the postseason.

Previous NFC Championship Predictions and Analysis

December 5th

  • Prediction (Michael Wynn): New Orleans Saints

Much of this could be predicated on the Saints having home-field advantage, as I’m not convinced New Orleans could win an NFC title game unless the game was played in the Big Easy. However, I do think Drew Brees and company can stay hot down the stretch and wrap up the #1 seed. And I don’t think anyone can beat them at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

  • Prediction (Noah Davis): New Orleans Saints

This was my other preseason pick, as I projected a Brees vs. Brady title game. It’s losing some luster with the rise of the Ravens, 49ers, and Seahawks, but New Orleans still has an opportunity to control their destiny. There’s little reason to get off the wagon now.

November 21st

  • Prediction (Michael Wynn): New Orleans Saints

The Week 10 loss to Atlanta proved to just be a blip on the radar screen for Sean Payton. After trouncing the Bucs in Week 11, New Orleans is back on track to secure home-field advantage throughout the NFC Playoffs. Remember, the Saints host the Niners in Week 14 in a game that will have massive implications.

  • Prediction (Noah Davis): New Orleans Saints

I’ve been a Saints backer since the officials screwed them over in last year’s NFC title game. I stepped away timidly for a brief moment after Drew Brees got hurt, but I’m back with Who Dat’ Nation. Trust me, I want to be wrong about this, but the Saints still feel like the most complete team in the NFC from top to bottom. And narratives matter. We’re getting that Brees vs. Brady Super Bowl.

November 7th

  • Prediction (Michael Wynn): New Orleans Saints

It’s hard to bet against the Niners – unless of course you are in tune with how much firepower Sean Payton has at his disposal. Drew Brees is back, Alvin Kamara is finally healthy, and this defense is severely underrated. With plenty of tough games remaining for San Fran, I suspect New Orleans will emerge as the top seed in the conference.

  • Prediction (Noah Davis): New Orleans Saints

The NFC is honestly loaded with good-to-annoyingly great teams, but the Saints remain the cream of the crop. This team was undefeated without Drew Brees and they’re definitely more dangerous with him. New Orleans can beat you all over the place offensively and they have a solid defense. They’re still the team to beat in this conference.

October 17th

  • Prediction (Michael Wynn): New Orleans Saints

Seeing that Philadelphia simply can’t defend against the pass, I’m finding it hard to believe they can be the last team standing in the NFC. On the other hand, the absence of Drew Brees vividly displays how terrific the offensive line in New Orleans is. Oh yeah, the Saints defense is among the NFL’s elite as well.

  • Prediction (Noah Davis): New Orleans Saints

I was on the Saints last year and before the season started, momentarily breaking away when I thought a Drew Brees injury would derail them. That wasn’t the case, as the Saints have won every game Teddy Bridgewater has had a full week to prepare as the starter. The NFC isn’t a cakewalk, but the Saints remain the class of this conference.

October 3rd

  • Prediction (Michael Wynn): Philadelphia Eagles

I stuck by Doug Pederson’s side when the Eagles dropped a home game vs. the Lions, so there’s no way I’m backing off my prediction that Philly wins the NFC after they handled the Packers at Lambeau Field. Once DeSean Jackson is back, the offense should start firing on all cylinders.

  • Prediction (Noah Davis): New Orleans Saints

I’m back with the Saints. The Drew Brees injury scared me off of them, but this is quickly turning out to be the best team in the NFC. This entire conference feels loaded, but the Saints can defend, run the football and kill you through the air. Once Drew Brees gets back on the field, they’re going to be as good as anyone and make my preseason predictions look genius.

September 19th

  • Prediction (Michael Wynn): Philadelphia Eagles

I’m not going to back off the Eagles just yet, although Dallas and Green Bay look awful tough through the first couple weeks. As long as Jim Schwartz’s defense can play up to their potential, I’m confident the offense will eventually find its groove.

  • Prediction (Noah Davis): Los Angeles Rams

I have a soft spot for the Packers if they can show signs of real life on offense. With the Saints dying (Drew Brees injury), though, the NFC looks to be the Rams’ again. They picked up where they left off last year and look hungry. That’s a problem for the rest of the conference.

September 5th

  • Prediction (Michael Wynn): Philadelphia Eagles

The NFC is absolutely loaded, and the Rams and Saints could very well contend in the NFC title game once again. However, I envision that Carson Wentz stays healthy and guides Philly to Super Bowl.

  • Prediction (Noah Davis): New Orleans Saints

I haven’t wavered from my pick that Drew Brees will hoist the Lombardi Trophy for a second and final time at the end of the 2019 NFL season. Pro football fans demand a Brees vs. Brady Super Bowl and we’re going to get it.

July 28th

  • Prediction (Michael Wynn): Philadelphia Eagles

It’d be easy to pick the Rams or the Saints, and the Bears have a lot to prove in Matt Nagy’s second year at the helm. But I’m picking a team who is hungry to show the world that winning Super Bowl 52 with their backup quarterback wasn’t just a fluke.

  • Prediction (Noah Davis): New Orleans Saints

New Orleans will undoubtedly be driven by playoff collapses of the past two years, but the reality is they’re simply stacked on offense. Drew Brees heads a balanced offense that can torch anyone in any given week, while a maturing defense places the Saints near the top of the league. It’s all about taking that last step.

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Past NFC Conference Champions

  • 2018: Los Angeles Rams
  • 2017: Philadelphia Eagles
  • 2016: Atlanta Falcons
  • 2015: Carolina Panthers
  • 2014: Seattle Seahawks
  • 2013: Seattle Seahawks
  • 2012: San Francisco 49ers
  • 2011: New York Giants
  • 2010: Green Bay Packers
  • 2009: New Orleans Saints

Unlike the AFC, the NFC is quite spread out in terms of which teams emerge from it to compete for the Lombardi Trophy. The Rams were the NFC representative last season, but this conference has produced a different challenger in each of the last five seasons.

In fact, the Seahawks are the only team to reach the Super Bowl in consecutive seasons out of the NFC since 1997. That doesn’t mean the Rams can’t buck that trend, but logic suggests a competitive NFC could complicate things.

There are still a handful of teams that have been pretty successful on a regular basis in the NFC. The aforementioned Seahawks are one of them, while the Rams and Saints are two teams that have been playoff threats at a high level recently.

Bettors will want to track positive movement, though. The Bears could be even nastier this year, while teams like the Packers and 49ers could be ready to jump back into the playoff conversation.

It’s good to try to project things, but history can offer a little insight at times as well. Here’s a look at how every NFC team has fared in the NFC title game.

Team Win/Loss Super Bowl Wins Last Appearance
Cowboys 8-6 5 1995
49ers 6-9 5 2013
Redskins 5-1 3 1991
Giants 5-0 4 2011
Rams 4-6 1 2018
Vikings 3-6 0 2017
Packers 3-4 4 2016
Eagles 3-4 1 2017
Seahawks 3-0 1 2014
Bears 2-3 1 2010
Falcons 2-2 0 2016
Panthers 2-2 0 2015
Buccaneers 1-2 1 2002
Saints 1-2 1 2018
Cardinals 1-1 0 2015
Lions 0-1 0 1991

It’s hard to remember Detroit ever being within a game of the Super Bowl. As shocking as that is, it’s equally odd to realize they are the lone NFC team left standing that has never even been to the big game.

They’re among the worst NFC title game bets in general, while the Cardinals and Buccaneers probably join them in that regard.

On that note, however, bettors shouldn’t go just off of NFC Championship game history. The Cowboys could be a team to watch, and the 49ers are on the rise, but both the Giants and Redskins have a rich history in this game and don’t feel like good bets to even be competitive.

While betting on the NFC Championship based on past results isn’t really suggested, one thing that is interesting to note is just how successful certain teams are when they get there. New York and Seattle, for instance, are a combined 8-0 in this game.

Regardless, leaning on history can be fun, but bettors will want to keep a variety of criteria in mind before finalizing any wagers.

NFC Championship Betting Tips

The AFC Championship game has not been a problem area for bettors in recent years, but the NFC has been a lot tougher to crack.

That’s a good thing, however, as it could give way to elite betting value if you can see the right team coming. For the most part, this conference has been the one to target for teams relatively “coming out of nowhere.”

Looking back, teams like the Panthers, Falcons, and Eagles all made runs to the Super Bowl (although not all successfully), much to the public’s surprise. In 2017, teams like the Vikings and Eagles stood out as surprise title contenders, while 2018 produced a Bears team that not everyone pegged as a true title threat.

Had Chicago not shanked a last-second field goal, perhaps the Bears could have changed how the 2018 Super Bowl played out.

No matter how you look at it, assessing progress and assigning value are two huge aspects of predicting a potential title contender.

Here are the main things to look for when hoping to nail the right NFC title game winner.

  • History’s impact
  • Betting on favorites
  • NFC title game sleepers
  • Teams that are progressing
  • NFC Championship odds

No one piece of criteria should rule your wagering hand, but everything can be blended together to formulate the winning bet. The history of the NFC title game shouldn’t be read as gospel nearly as much as it can be in the AFC, but it also can’t be ignored.

How teams fare in this spot, how frequently they’ve experienced this type of success, and which teams have enjoyed the most success recently are all things to keep an eye on.

Bettors also need to pay mind to the way Vegas prices the favorites, while keeping tabs on the latest NFC Championship odds in general is highly suggested. Neither aspect can completely sway you, of course.

Favorites don’t always live up to the hype, after all, while odds don’t always reflect teams’ actual value throughout the league.

That’s a dicey catch-22 all bettors are faced with, to be sure. You also need to find time to sprinkle in some NFC Championship sleepers. Knowing what to look for is important in that regard, and that refers both to how Vegas prices teams and also what teams are doing in previous seasons and the offseason.

Any major changes by teams (coaching, scheme, personnel) and huge spikes in pricing by the top NFL sportsbooks shouldn’t be ignored or taken lightly.

None of this individually guarantees a winning bet, but if you roll it all together, you should be able to paint a clear picture of which teams you think can actually get to the Super Bowl.

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