NFL Futures - Are Cards Worth A Look In the Desert? 

by Ben Burns

It's never too early to start thinking about the NFL. The schedule was released more than a month ago. Week 1 lines are out, as are futures and team totals. Last year saw Brady and the Bucs take down the title. Not surprisingly, Tampa is favored to win the NFC. The champs aren't the favorites to repeat though. You guessed it, that distinction goes to Mahomes and the Chiefs. Looks like a long year for Houston fans. Let's take a closer look at some of the current futures, courtesy of Pinnacle.

Odds To Win Super Bowl
Chiefs +408
Bucs +767
Bills +1252
49'ers +1357
Browns +1451
Rams +1483
Ravens +1555
Packers +1688
Seahawks +1834
Colts +2360
Chargers +2494
Patriots +2638
Titans +2778
Broncos +3018
Saints +3182
Dolphins +3772
Cowboys +3882
Steelers +3904
Cardinals +4531
Football Team +4832
Vikings+5208
Bears +5649
Falcons +7050
Eagles +7591
Lions +7917
Panthers +8225
Giants +8812
Raiders +9146
Bengals +11158
Jaguars +11741
Jets +12913
Texans +17602

Looking at the odds to win each of the individual divisions provides more insight. They're projecting 2-team battles in the AFC North and South. The NFC North, meanwhile, is currently OTB. Before looking, see if you can predict which team is the biggest favorite.

AFC East
Bills -140
Patriots +260
Dolphins +390
Jets +2500

AFC North
Ravens +121
Browns +151
Steelers +375
Bengals +2500

AFC South
Colts -105
Titans -110
Jaguars +950
Texans +2500

AFC West
Chiefs -307
Broncos +558
Chargers +609
Raiders +1823

NFC East
Cowboys +130
Football Team +219
Giants +412
Eagles +486

NFC South
Bucs -190
Saints +291
Falcons +890
Panthers +1046

NFC West
Rams +172
49'ers +208
Seahawks +284
Cardinals +576

Any Longshots Worthy Of Consideration?
Only two of the above divisions are "4-team races," the NFC East and the NFC West. Every other division has at least one team which is greater than a 10-1 underdog to win. However, the NFC East and West divisions have four teams capable of winning. That being the case, I think the Eagles (+486) and the Cardinals (+576) both offer potential value.  Next week, I'll take a closer look at the Eagles/Cards schedules, as well as the team O/U lines from around the league. 

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