Tom Brady and the Bucs took the NFC by storm last year by not only winning the NFC Championship but the Super Bowl as well. Who will be this year’s surprise team in the NFC? Will Brady continue his run as the ageless wonder and possibly go to another Super Bowl?
In this article, we will look for value bets in the NFC Championship Futures market. We will pick three teams that we feel could pad your betting bankroll and give you plenty of options once the NFL Playoffs roll around.
We have already shared our favorite bets for the current AFC Championship betting odds and Super Bowl odds, up next is our NFC picks. Let's first start by reviewing the current betting odds for all 16 NFC teams as of early May.
Current NFC Championship Odds
Latest Odds from PointsBet SportsBook
Our Favorite NFC Championship Futures Bet: Bucs +310
It is hard to believe that Tom Brady will be 44 years old once the 2021-2022 NFL regular season kicks off in September. Brady is widely regarded as the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) at the quarterback position and his seven Super Bowl rings vouch for that. Even with all those accomplishments, lots of football-savvy folks are wondering when father time will finally catch up to Tom Terrific.
Should the Bucs still be the favorite to repeat as NFC Champs? ABSOLUTELY! All sports bettors have accepted the fact that Brady is simply not human! Heck, Brady is in better shape than players that are twenty years younger than him.
Also, the Bucs have re-signed several key players on offense (Fournette, Gronk, Brown, and Godwin) and defense (Suh, Barrett, and David). Tampa Bay does not appear to be going anywhere, and barring any catastrophic injuries, should be able to repeat as NFC Champs.
Let’s not forget that the Bucs should have a pretty easy path to capturing their respective division title in the NFC South. The New Orleans Saints will have to figure out a way to survive without future Hall of Famer Drew Brees since he announced his retirement. The Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons look to both be in a rebuilding type of mode as well. Don’t be surprised to see Tom Brady play for a record eighth Super Bowl title in February of 2022.
Our Favorite Longshot NFC Title Futures Bet: Bears +2000
There are very few teams that you can glance at and automatically say, “Wow, that team is a quarterback away from making a title run”. The Chicago Bears are one of those teams. Here are a few reasons why the Bears are our favorite NFC Title longshot bet at 20 to 1.
- Draft Additions - Matt Nagy got the franchise quarterback that he has wanted for several years by drafting former Ohio State QB Justin Fields. Bears fans can breathe a deep collective sigh of relief that the up and down days of Trubisky, Foles, and company are over. Fields is a true playmaker who takes good care of the football (College Career Stats: 67 passing touchdowns and only 9 picks).
Fields can throw the ball deep down the field with his big-time arm strength, or he can really tick off a defense by blowing by them with his 4.44-second speed. Sure, the Bears management team is claiming Andy Dalton will be the starter but don’t expect that to last too long. Chicago also added two very good offensive line prospects by drafting Teven Jenkins from Oklahoma State in the second round and Larry Borom from Missouri in the fifth round.
- Playmakers on Defense - Yes, the Bears defense underachieved during the 2020 season in a lot of phases. However, ballhawks like Khalil Mack and Roquan Smith will anchor this defense from their linebacker positions. We expect a great deal of improvement from the Bears defensive unit in 2021. Also, free safety Eddie Jackson is always a threat to intercept passes and take them to the house!
- Running Game - David Montgomery is a true workhorse at tailback and he had a fine 2020 season with over 1,000 yards rushing and ten total touchdowns. We expect more of the same from Montgomery in 2021, and Tarik Cohen has proven to be a good third-down back from time to time. A solid running game will help take the pressure off of Fields and the passing game.
- Coaching - Matt Nagy is a brilliant young offensive-minded coach but he has not had much to work with at the QB position yet. Mitchell Trubisky had some good moments, but he was never a reliable option at QB. It will be a lot of fun for Bears fans to see what Nagy can do with a true talent like Fields. Nagy is a protege of Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, who is arguably the best offensive coach in the NFL today.
Bonus NFC Championship Bet: Seahawks +1100
Despite the reports that Russell Wilson is unhappy in Seattle, the 32-year old will return to the Seahawks in 2021 for his tenth season. We must remember that the Seahawks won the NFC West division title last season so the sky is not falling for Pete Carroll and company just yet. Anytime we can get a supremely talented QB like Russell Wilson at 11 to 1 odds at PointsBet, we will gladly take that bet.
Simply put, Wilson often looks like Superman on the field and he has been doing more with less talent around him for years. In fact, Wilson made his seventh Pro Bowl in 2020 by throwing 40 touchdowns and over 4,200 yards. Although the NFC West will be extremely competitive with solid teams like the Niners, Rams, and Cardinals, we expect Wilson to make yet another deep playoff run.