- The 5-0 Philadelphia Eagles (+250) are the early NFC Championship favorite
- Tom Brady’s Buccaneers (+450) have had an injury-riddled start to the season
- San Francisco (+600) and Dallas (+900) have the best defenses in all of football
The Eagles are still undefeated, but they looked far from unbeatable in Week 5. They squeaked out a 20-17 victory over the Cardinals thanks to a missed field goal and some truly terrible clock management by Kyler Murray.
Should Philadelphia really be the favorite to represent the NFC in Super Bowl 57? Before we check the latest futures, here’s where you can find the best Super Bowl 57 betting sites, as well as the top betting sites for NFL football in 2022.
NFC Championship futures
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+450|
|San Francisco 49ers||+600|
|Green Bay Packers||+650|
|Los Angeles Rams||+1000|
|New Orleans Saints||+2500|
|New York Giants||+3300|
Eagles top the list
Philadelphia (+250) is the rare team to match their off-season hype. Off to a 5-0 start, Jalen Hurts has taken strides as a passer this year, throwing for 1359 yards (seventh in the NFL) with 8.6 yards per attempt (second among all quarterbacks). The 24-year-old only has four passing TDs, but his six rushing scores trail only Nick Chubb.
The best case for the Eagles winning the NFC championship is an easy schedule that will almost certainly give them home-field throughout the playoffs. However, one of their toughest games is this Sunday Night against a Cowboys team that blew them out twice last season.
Jalen Hurts has:
▪︎ More rush TD than Derrick Henry
▪︎ More rush yds than Najee Harris
▪︎ More pass yds than Aaron Rodgers
▪︎ Higher pass rating than Tom Brady
Redefining DUAL-THREAT #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/YJeuwGFalX
— Hard Rock Sportsbook (@HardRockSB) October 10, 2022
Believe in the Bucs?
Tampa Bay (+450) is off to a pedestrian 3-2 start, but that’s not too shabby considering the team’s injuries at the offensive line and receiver positions. The Buccaneers’ odds will only become shoirter over the next two weeks with cupcake matchups with the Steelers and Panthers.
Green Bay (+650) is in a similar boat. They’re also 3-2 and actually beat the Bucs 14-12 in Week 3. However, a surprising loss against the Giants in London on Sunday, as well as a near-loss to the Bailey Zappe-led Patriots the week prior, has turned them into NFC longshots. Winning 13 games for the fourth-consecutive year under Matt Lafleur is out of the question.
Niners or Cowboys?
With Nick Bosa and Micah Parsons coming off the edge, San Francisco (+600) and Dallas (+900) have the two best defenses in football. While both clubs have game managers at quarterback in Jimmy Garappolo and Cooper Rush, the Cowboys should soon get an upgrade at the position with the return of Dak Prescott.
The 49ers upset Mike McCarthy’s team 23-17 in the NFC Wild Card Round in January. But, Jerry’s boys put together an impressive 12-5 record last year and are off to a 4-1 start this season. Are we sure Dallas isn’t the better team?
Micah Parsons in Week 5:
⭐️ 91.4 pass rushing grade
⭐️ 6 pressures
⭐️ 2 sacks
⭐️ 27.6% win percentage pic.twitter.com/vBndABtgVW
— PFF (@PFF) October 10, 2022
It’s difficult to find plausible longshots in the NFC outside of the Super Bowl champion Rams (+1000). After all, Sean McVay’s club could always mortgage more of their future to acquire Christian McCaffrey and/or DJ Moore from the rebuilding Panthers.
At 4-1, the Vikings (+900) could be headed for their first NFC North title since 2017. Yet, it would be difficult to see Kirk Cousins navigating three pressure-packed playoff games.
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